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The Antietam Campaign$
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Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780807824818

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807835913_gallagher

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From Antietam to the Argonne

From Antietam to the Argonne

The Maryland Campaign's Lessons for Future Leaders of the American Expeditionary Force

(p.289) From Antietam to the Argonne
The Antietam Campaign

Carol Reardon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the ways in which United States soldiers in the early twentieth century used Antietam to learn lessons about their profession. Drawing on material in the curricular archives of the War College classes that visited Antietam in the decade prior to American entrance into World War I, it reconstructs the framework within which the students and their teachers studied the campaign. The chapter suggests that staff rides to Antietam not only taught practical lessons about such things as leadership in combat, logistical problems, and communication on a battlefield, but also infused participants with a sense of pride in the accomplishments of officers and soldiers of an earlier era (their admiration for common soldiers often exceeded that for some of the high-ranking generals).

Keywords:   Civil War, Maryland campaign, soldiers, War College, staff rides

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