Thursday, July 12, 2012

Seven Days that changed the Civil War: Lee takes command

By 1st Lt. William Carraway
Media Relations Officer, Public Affairs Office
July 12, 2012

In the summer of 1862, two great armies contended for control of Richmond, the Confederate capital. The 60,000 Soldiers of General Joseph Johnston’s Army of Northern Virginia stood between Richmond and the 105,000-man Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. George McClellan. The commanders of both armies had been criticized for their perceived lack of aggressiveness. President Lincoln famously wrote:

If General McClellan does not want to use the army, I would like to borrow it for a time.

In March, 1862, after months of prodding, McClellan launched the Peninsula Campaign, which was an attempt to capture Richmond by maneuvering northwest along the Virginia Peninsula. McClellan’s early efforts were met with success. Rather than engage in pitched battle against a numerically superior foe, Johnston slowly retreated, agitating both the Confederate president and newspapers. Johnston hoped to find favorable ground from which he could isolate a portion of the enemy forces and negate his numerical superiority, but pressure mounted for him to act.

Who are we?

Story by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Barry Long
J-9 Joint and Family Services Directorate
Georgia Department of Defense

Who are we?

This is a question we seldom ask of ourselves, either as organizations or as individuals. In fact, it is very unlikely that we observe reality when we ask this about ourselves. It is an impartial lens we need so that we may view others without bias, and an impartial mirror we need so that we can truly see our own faults. We can take this question from the highest echelons to the lowest, or look up from the bottom.