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The Resource An American profession of arms : the army officer corps, 1784-1861, William B. Skelton

An American profession of arms : the army officer corps, 1784-1861, William B. Skelton

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An American profession of arms : the army officer corps, 1784-1861
Title
An American profession of arms
Title remainder
the army officer corps, 1784-1861
Statement of responsibility
William B. Skelton
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Historians, while recognizing the emergence of a pre-Civil War professional army, have generally placed the solid foundation of military professionalism in the post-Civil War era. William Skelton maintains, however, that the early national and antebellum eras were crucial to the rise of the American profession of arms. Although tiny by today's standards, the early officer corps nevertheless maintained strong institutional support and internal cohesion through a regular system of recruitment, professional training and education, and a high degree of leadership continuity. Through socialization and lengthening career commitments, officers came to share a common vision of their collective role with respect to warfare, foreign policy, Indian affairs, domestic politics, and civilian life. The result, Skelton shows, was the formation of a distinctive military subculture rooted in tightly knit garrison communities across the frontier and along the seaboard from which prominent Civil War leaders would emerge and whose essential character would persist well into the twentieth century
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DLC
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1939-
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Skelton, William B.
Dewey number
355.3/3/097309033
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
UB413
LC item number
.S54 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modern war studies
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  • United States
  • United States
Label
An American profession of arms : the army officer corps, 1784-1861, William B. Skelton
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-467) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Roots of the American military profession, 1784-1815: Army organization in the early national period. Recruiting an officer corps, 1784-1815. Military careers in the early republic. A frontier constabulary, 1784-1815. Seeds of military professionalism -- pt. 2. Emergence of the American military profession, 1815-1861: The era of army reform, 1815-1821. The organizational setting, 1821-1861. The stabilization of officer recruitment. Social origins and career motivations. The West Point experience. Military careers in the antebellum era. The emergence of the general staff officer. Professional thought and institutions. Officers and enlisted men. Officers, politicians, and citizens. Officers and Indians. Officers, foreign affairs, and war. The officer corps in the Sectional Crisis
Control code
25632532
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 481 pages
Isbn
9780700605606
Lccn
92010089
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1507590
Label
An American profession of arms : the army officer corps, 1784-1861, William B. Skelton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-467) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Roots of the American military profession, 1784-1815: Army organization in the early national period. Recruiting an officer corps, 1784-1815. Military careers in the early republic. A frontier constabulary, 1784-1815. Seeds of military professionalism -- pt. 2. Emergence of the American military profession, 1815-1861: The era of army reform, 1815-1821. The organizational setting, 1821-1861. The stabilization of officer recruitment. Social origins and career motivations. The West Point experience. Military careers in the antebellum era. The emergence of the general staff officer. Professional thought and institutions. Officers and enlisted men. Officers, politicians, and citizens. Officers and Indians. Officers, foreign affairs, and war. The officer corps in the Sectional Crisis
Control code
25632532
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 481 pages
Isbn
9780700605606
Lccn
92010089
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1507590

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