The military engagements themselves if conducted with large enough numbers of men
and units to be significant. Small brushes with an opponent took the name skirmishes.
The use of the navy to restrict trade or movement through ports or other facilities.
Series of maneuvers and battles designed to accomplish the broader strategic vision.
Advocates of Southern secession who believed it would be best if the region acted
collectively or in concert rather than individually, state-by-state.
The use of contiguous departments or positions to delineate and defend territory.
Receiving an attack or protecting a position by attempting to hold onto it forcefully.
Figures in the American South who held extreme views on the ability of their section
to remain in the Union and therefore urged separation or secession as the only recourse
for redressing the region’s grievances. Most prominent in this number were the agronomist
Edmund Ruffin and journalist Roger Atkinson Pryor of Virginia, and the politicians
William Lowndes Yancey of Alabama (born in Ga.), Robert Barnwell Rhett of South Carolina,
and Louis Trezevant Wigfall of Texas (born in S.C.)
Either end of a line of battle or military position. Attacking one or both of these
often enhanced the chances of success for the attacker. Attacking both, while holding
a force in place was a tactic used in Ancient times and was called a double envelopment.
Free Labor ideology
Term for the belief system or common set of ideas that operated in the North prior
to the American Civil War and is most closely associated with the rising Republican
Party of the mid and later 1850s. The adherents to such a world-view held that the
most important traits of a society should be progress, upward mobility and the incentives
of laboring for wages that would enable citizens to carve out an independent existence
for themselves and their families. Free labor ideologues championed education, advancement,
democracy and other values that would constitute a good society and that they contrasted
negatively with Southern regional characteristics. Such individuals strongly opposed
the expansion, if not the existence, of slavery as dangerous and threatening to their
own “way of life”
The ability to move forces within a geographical area.
Attacking an opponent or initiating the action.
name given to the institution of slavery to reflect the distinctive nature of the
system and its particular association with the South. Peculiar was not meant to suggest
strange or odd in any sense
The area behind a force from which an attack, if delivered, could prove devastating.
The attempt to take/secure a point through prolonged actions that frequently included
the use of extensive earthwork fortifications and heavy artillery.
Plan implemented on a large scale. If on the largest (i.e. national) then it is Grand
Strategy. The plan set in place the manner in which a commander wanted to employ troops
and assets to achieve overall success in a war/campaign.
“Offensive-Defensive” (or Offensive-Defense)
“On to Richmond” and Anaconda Plan
The movements of men and resources on the battlefield itself. In the case of the Civil
War these were most often linear tactics or the movement of forces in lines of battle.
Armies would be brought to battles in marches and then deployed for fighting with
the enemy. In some instances, unconventional tactics occurred on battlefields such
as the use of columns or attacks in depth.
Theaters of Operation
In the Civil War there are three main theaters or areas generally designated for military
The East (or Eastern)
This theater was along the coast and over to the Appalachian Mountains, north of Georgia.
The West (or Western)
This theater encompassed all of the Deep South (including Georgia) and everything
west of the mountains over to the Mississippi River.
his theater covered the vast expanse beyond the Mississippi River.
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