The Military Experience: Strategy, Tactics, Technology, and Humanity
NPS Primary Theme: The outcome of the war was the cumulative result of political, economic, and social policies that affected (and were affected by) military operations and battles waged across a front spanning 2,000 miles.
- NPS Subtheme: The battles and campaigns of 1861-65 ultimately demonstrated that the simple application of massive military force and materiel by armies on a battlefield was insufficient to resolve a conflict between two sections mobilized against one another politically, socially, philosophically, economically, and emotionally.
NPS Secondary Theme: Leaders on both sides improvised, innovated, and gambled in an attempt to achieve a decisive, concluding battlefield victory.
NPS Secondary Theme: The application of new technologies forced changes in tactics that marked significant steps in the evolving method of warfare and that transformed the experience of soldiers in the field and navies on the waters.
NPS Secondary Theme: The worsening ordeal of prisoners on both sides was closely related to the evolution of the war, militarily, politically, and economically. The Union’s 1864 suspension of exchanges-intended to deny manpower to the Confederacy- contributed to conditions within prisons that cost thousands of lives and engendered bitterness that would continue for many years.
NOTE: Please use the comments section below to chronicle your progress with this theme throughout the remaining weeks of the course. Begin by outlining how your group decided to work with the theme (e.g., assigning one theme to one person or dividing themes up between team members) and then outline in detail, at least once each week, the work that you have done toward crafting your three podcast proposals.