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Command and Communication Frictions in the Gettysburg Campaign
Command and Communication Frictions in the Gettysburg Campaign


 
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Frictions steered the armies into making major decisions and altering or reversing plans. They drew commanders' attention to less important details in operations at the expense of maintaining balance over the big picture. This work focuses on the frictions of two important functions - command and communication. Command frictions in the Army of the Potomac, for example, caused a great deal of confusion in recognizing who was in charge at any one time or place. Communication frictions altered Lee's original plan to move towards Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and diverted the Army of Northern Virginia to Gettysburg; they caused forward elements of the Confederate army to provoke a general engagement against Lee's instructions; they misdirected thousands of troops away from the battle and caused unnecessary casualties. Command and Communication Frictions in the Gettysburg Campaign illustrates the effect these two functions had in determining the outcome of the campaign.

Author: Philip M. Cole
Publisher: Colecraft Industries
Publish Date: 2006
ISBN: 9780977712519

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