“Maneuver warfare is not a doctrinal choice, it is an earned benefit” applied to the Civil War? | To the Sound of the Guns

Well DePuy’s quote touched upon something I’ve long weighed in regard to Civil War operations. While the Civil War generals didn’t name it “operations” as we do today, they still practiced operations at the same level (just called it “strategy” or “grand strategy”). So mull over this notion:

Maneuver warfare is an earned benefit.

Robert E. Lee earned the benefit of maneuver after fighting seven days of hard battles in June 1862, and that benefit paid out with an advance into Maryland. Lee again earned the benefit of maneuver in the spring of 1863, which he used to advantage during the first half of that summer.

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Craig weighs in on maneuver warfare.  All you fans of the American Civil War could learn a lot from following him.