The Delafield Commission and the American Military Profession Matthew Moten

ISBN: 9780890969250

Published: April 1st 2000

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288 pages


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The Delafield Commission and the American Military Profession  by  Matthew Moten

The Delafield Commission and the American Military Profession by Matthew Moten
April 1st 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780890969250 | 9.45 Mb

In 1855, Secretary of War Jefferson Davis dispatched Maj. Richard Delafield, Maj. Alfred Mordecai, and Capt. George B. McClellan to the battlefields of Crimea to observe the European military in action. American military commanders had studiedMoreIn 1855, Secretary of War Jefferson Davis dispatched Maj. Richard Delafield, Maj. Alfred Mordecai, and Capt. George B. McClellan to the battlefields of Crimea to observe the European military in action. American military commanders had studied European armies before, but the Delafield Commission was the most ambitious military observation mission up to that time, and the first to observe an on-going war.

Although historically underrated, the commission and the members reports constituted an important step in the development of U.S. military professionalism. In The Delafield Commission and the American Military Profession, Matthew Moten is the first to explore in detail this connection between the commission and military professionalization.Moten begins with an overview of the definition of military professionalism and what other scholars have said about when and why American military professionalism developed.

Part One examines the U.S. Military Academy, the development of the army officer corps, and the influence of the West Point system and habit of thought on the antebellum army. The second section follows the actions of the Delafield Commission and places the commission in the context of the military profession of the 1850s.

The final section analyzes the commissions reports and their effects on the American military profession. Here, Moten assesses what the commissioners saw and wrote, as well as what they did not see and write.The Delafield Commission and the American Military Profession provides in-depth analysis to military historians and other readers interested in the development of the professional army in antebellum America.



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