The Resource Battle of ball's bluff, staff ride guide, Ted Ballard, (electronic resource)

Battle of ball's bluff, staff ride guide, Ted Ballard, (electronic resource)

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Battle of ball's bluff, staff ride guide
Title
Battle of ball's bluff, staff ride guide
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Ted Ballard
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Language
eng
Summary
Contains more than 20 maps, diagrams and illustrations. On the night of 20 October 1861, Union Brig. Gen. Charles P. Stone put into action a plan to attack what had been reported as a small, unguarded Confederate camp between the Potomac River at Ball's Bluff and Leesburg, Virginia. Later, after Stone learned there was no camp, he allowed the operation to continue, now modified to capture Leesburg itself. But a lack of adequate communication between commanders, problems with logistics, and violations of the principles of war hampered the operation. What originally was to be a small raid instead turned into a military disaster. The action resulted in the death of a popular U.S. senator and long-time friend of President Abraham Lincoln, the arrest and imprisonment of General Stone, and the creation of a congressional oversight committee that would keep senior Union commanders looking over their shoulders for the remainder of the war. For such a small and relatively insignificant military action, Ball's Bluff would cast a long shadow. The purpose of a Ball's Bluff staff ride is to learn from the past by analyzing the battle through the eyes of the men who were there, both leaders and rank-and-file soldiers. The battle contains many lessons in command and control, communications, intelligence, weapons technology versus tactics, and the ever-present confusion, or "fog," of battle. Hopefully, these lessons will allow us to gain insights into decision making and the human condition during combat. Today, the battlefield is enclosed in the 225-acre Ball's Bluff Regional Park, managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. A short trail includes interpretive markers and a small national cemetery containing the remains of fifty-four soldiers
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Midwest
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Ballard, Ted
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non fiction
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  • Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • North America
  • United States
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adult
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Battle of ball's bluff, staff ride guide, Ted Ballard, (electronic resource)
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multicolored
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MWT11446715
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1 online resource
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online
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9781782898610
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11446715
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Battle of ball's bluff, staff ride guide, Ted Ballard, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11446715
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781782898610
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11446715
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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