Group Title: 1864 Florida federal expedition
Title: The 1864 Florida federal expedition
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Title: The 1864 Florida federal expedition blundering into modern warfare
Alternate Title: Florida federal expedition
The Eighteen sixty-four federal expedition
Physical Description: ix, 470 leaves : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Nulty, William H. ( Dissertant )
Proctor, Samuel ( Thesis advisor )
McAlister, Lyle N. ( Reviewer )
Wyatt-Brown, Bertram ( Reviewer )
Paul, Harry W. ( Reviewer )
Longstreth, James W. ( Reviewer )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 1985
Copyright Date: 1985
Subjects / Keywords: History thesis Ph. D   ( lcsh )
History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Florida   ( lcsh )
History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- United States   ( lcsh )
Dissertations, Academic -- History -- UF   ( lcsh )
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Abstract: The Civil War was the breakpoint in modern warfare. The advent of nationalism and the arrival of the Industrial Revolution changed warfare from being the exclusive province of a relative handful of professionals to one involving the total resources, human and material, of those engaged in the war. At the start of the war in the United States, few in leadership positions comprehended the nature of total war; fewer still understood the implications of a war fought for hearts and minds as well as for the military defeat of the enemy. Union General George B. McClellan realized that the new strategic targets were lines of communications. He envisioned utilizing the Federal naval advantage to project land units ashore by surprise to seize important "choke" points within the Confederacy. These points would then be fortified and the fragmented Confederate forces forced to attack these points at a disadvantage. Such tactics would soon bring defeat to the Confederacy with minimum disruption of the civilian environment. General McClellan's fall from grace postponed the use of this strategy. In 1864, Florida was militarily weak, abandoned by the Confederacy because of her geography and lack of strategic importance. The Federal Florida expedition in 1864 envisioned the use of the navy to land troops by surprise in Florida. The objectives were to cut off Confederate commissary supplies from Florida, recruit blacks for the new colored regiments, disrupt Florida rail transportation and prevent unused rail from being used in strategically more important areas of the Confederacy, open a Florida port to trade, and, if possible, restore Florida to the Union. The military, economic, political, and psychological objectives, warfare in the modern sense, had a strong probability of achievement at the start. The full potential of the expedition was not realized because of the limited abilities of its leadership and the Union defeat at the battle of Olustee, proportionately the third bloodiest battle of the war for the Union. In spite of Olustee, the Federal expedition was not a total failure. It achieved a number of successes that have been overlooked because of Olustee. These can be appreciated by an examination of the expedition within the larger contexts of the war and modern warfare.
Thesis: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Florida, 1985.
Bibliography: Bibliography: leaves 447-469.
General Note: Typescript.
General Note: Vita.
Statement of Responsibility: by William H. Nulty.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00099587
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: alephbibnum - 000873476
notis - AEH0781
oclc - 014589017


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