Accession Number : ADA325084

Title :   The Education of an Operational Commander: Ulysses S. Grant, 1861-1863.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Hart, William J.

PDF Url : ADA325084

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The paper conducts a chronological examination of the impact operational education and experience had towards the rise of U.S. Grant as an operational commander, focusing on involvement during the initial two years of the American Civil War in the Western Theater. The origins of Union Strategy, and Grant's evolution as an operational commander, is seen through operational experiences in early Civil War battles at Belmont, Forts Henry and Donelson, Shiloh, and Vicksburg. Discussion cites the complementary nature of a firm moral foundation towards credibility as an operational leader and commander, highlighting experience as a key in the commander's education in balancing the operational factors of time, space, and force. A keen understanding of operational functions and use of the principles of war naturally produces a vision for victory and it's accompanying strategy. Whether a limited or total war, exclusive use of the principles will not guarantee victory. Victory, and the means by which it is achieved, relies on the operational commander.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY STRATEGY, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY TRAINING, GENERAL OFFICERS, BATTLES, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE