An American Profession of Arms: The Army Officer Corps, 1784-1861

An American Profession of Arms: The Army Officer Corps, 1784-1861

by William B. Skelton
     
 

A definitive study of the early years of the Army officer corps. Skelton shows that the early officer corps maintained strong institutional support and internal cohesion through a regular system of recruitment, professional training and education, and a high degree of leadership continuity.See more details below

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A definitive study of the early years of the Army officer corps. Skelton shows that the early officer corps maintained strong institutional support and internal cohesion through a regular system of recruitment, professional training and education, and a high degree of leadership continuity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700611140
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Series:
Modern War Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Illustrations

Preface

Part One—Roots of the American Military Profession, 1784–1815

1. Army Organization in the Early National Period

2. Recruiting an Officer Corps, 1784–1815

3. Military Careers in the Early Republic

4. A Frontier Constabulary: Civil-Military Relations, 1784–1815

5. Seeds of Military Professionalism

Part Two—Emergence of the American Military Profession, 1815-1861

6. The Era of Army Reform, 1815–1821

7. The Organizational Setting, 1821–1861

8. The Stabilization of Officer Recruitment

9. Social Origins and Career Motivations

10. The West Point Experience

11. Military Careers in the Antebellum Era

12. The Emergence of the General Staff Officer

13. Professional Thought and Institutions

14. Officers and Enlisted Men

15. Officers, Politicians, and Citizens

16. Officers and Indians

17. Officers, Foreign Affairs, and War

18. The Officer Corps in the Sectional Crisis

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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