Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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p. vii

On March 17, 1862, Major General George McClellan launched an amphibious movement from Alexandria to Fort Monroe, Virginia. His intention was to turn the Confederate defenses and to advance on Richmond. Upon landing, the Federals enjoyed a four-toone numerical superiority...

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CHAPTER 1 THE STAGE IS SET

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pp. 3-35

Among the many factors that shape a battle's outcome are the individual personalities of the commanders involved and the doctrine they use to prosecute the war. One cannot appreciate the German blitzkrieg of World War II without also...

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CHAPTER 2 OPENING MOVES

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pp. 36-63

Shortly after replacing Winfield Scott as general in chief of the Federal army on October 31, 1861, McClellan met Colonel Rush Hawkins of the Ninth New York, who was making a report to the cabinet. Hawkins had just returned from a successful amphibious operation against Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina...

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CHAPTER 3 THE PLAN BEGINS TO UNRAVEL

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pp. 64-97

On April 1, the day after McCleUan left Alexandria, Brigadier General James Wadsworth, commander of Washington's defenses, reported to Secretary Stanton that the force to defend the city was inadequate in size and quality. He specifically complained about having to send four thousand...

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CHAPTER 4 THE TIDE TURNS

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pp. 98-139

McClellan epitomized caution, Robert E. Lee epitomized audacity. Audacity is one of the army's four characteristics of offensive operations. It is "a simple plan of action, boldly executed [to] produce decisive results" (FM 3-0 7-...

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CHAPTER 5 SO WHAT?

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pp. 140-162

The great nineteenth-century military theorist Antoine- Henri de Jomini felt that there were three kinds of military history: a pure version that recounts in minute and pedantic terms all aspects of a given battle, an analytical version that uses the battle to examine general principles, and a political...

Chronology of Events

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pp. 163-164

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Touring the Battlefields Today

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pp. 165-170

The Peninsula Campaign sites encompass three geographical areas: Hampton Roads, Yorktown, and Richmond. The Hampton Roads area sites include Fort Monroe, the Monitor-Merrimack Overlook, and the Mariners' Museum. The Yorktown area sites include Lee Hall Mansion, Lee's Mill, Skiffes Creek, Dam no. 1, Endview...

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Tips for Conducting a Staff Ride

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pp. 171-172

The Staff Ride by William Robertson is perhaps the most comprehensive guide to the conduct of staff rides available. In it, Robertson writes, "A staff ride consists of systematic preliminary study of a selected campaign, an extensive visit to the actual sites...

Bibliography

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pp. 173-176

Index

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pp. 177-183