Crossing the Deadly Ground

Crossing the Deadly Ground

United States Army Tactics, 1865-1899

eBook - 1994
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Weapons improved rapidly after the Civil War, raising difficult questions about the battle tactics employed by the United States Army. The most fundamental problem was the dominance of the tactical defensive, when defenders protected by fieldworks could deliver deadly fire from rifles and artillery against attackers advancing in close-ordered lines. The vulnerability of these offensive forces as they crossed the so-called "deadly ground" in front of defensive positions was even greater with the improvement of armaments after the Civil War.


Weapons improved rapidly after the Civil War, raising difficult questions about the battle tactics employed by the United States Army. The most fundamental problem was the dominance of the tactical defensive, when defenders protected by fieldworks could deliver deadly fire from rifles and artillery against attackers advancing in close-ordered lines.



Publisher: Tuscaloosa, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, ©1994
ISBN: 9780585287850
0585287856
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 230 pages) : illustrations

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