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Battle of Valverde

Title: The Battle of Valverde: Lessons on How to Take a Defensive Position.
Name(s): Bergstrom, Shawn Erik, 1977-, author
Piehler, G. Kurt, professor directing thesis
Jones, James Pickett, committee member
Jumonville, Neil, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of History, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (117 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: On February 21, 1862 Colonel Thomas Green launched an assault on a fixed Union defensive position in the New Mexican Territory during the American Civil War. The charge met with success where several others failed during the war. Across a field over six hundred yards long and with artillery support the Confederates were able to seize the defenses. These defenses had an attachment of six cannons under the command of Union Captain Alexander McRae and anchored the Federals left flank. The capture of these guns and subsequent break through on the northern portion of the field led to the Confederate victory at the Battle of Valverde. What has been overlooked are the reasons that led to the success of this frontal assault where so many others failed during the Civil War. Due to the remoteness of the battle in the desolate American west, the charge and the elements that were implemented both purposely and accidentally on the field that day have been glossed over by history. By examining events that led up to the battle, the movement of forces on the day of the battle, and a thorough examination of all angles of the assault, a conclusion will be arrived at of principles that, when implemented, will increase a commander's success on assaulting fixed defensive positions. The examination will conclude by briefly looking at these elements in future wars to see how they were implemented on other battlefields.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9141 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: September 19, 2014.
Keywords: Civil War
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: G. Kurt Piehler, Professor Directing Thesis; James Jones, Committee Member; Neil Jumonville, Committee Member.
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