The 1862 Army Officer's Pocket Companion

A Manual for Staff Officers in the Field


Book Description

  • Unique summary of "military science" as it stood at the beginning of the Civil War
  • Excellent description of strategies, tactics, and operations at higher level units

    This amazingly complete book describes in crisp text all the information commanders and staff officers need to know about "how the army works." Includes command organization and administration; principles of employment of infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers, and signal; logistics (ordinance, quartermaster, transportation, subsistence, and medical); movement of armies; camps and bivouacs; reconnaissance and patrols; order of battle for attack, defense, siege, and retreat; and use of field fortifications, obstacles, spies, and agents. Also included is information on promotions, courts-martial, military honors, and even cooking and the design and use of field ovens.

  • About the Author

    Lieutenant William P. Craighill, U.S. Corps of Engineers, was assistant professor of engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point when he wrote this book.

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