2018-10-18 / News

Civil War Round Table will hear Rauch talk Mon. at Fitzpatrick

Sherman’s March to the Sea Sherman’s March to the Sea Stephen J. Rauch, a military historian for the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Fort Gordon, will present “How the U.S. Army Currently Uses What They Learned from the Civil War” to the Washington Civil War Round Table on Monday evening, October 22, at 6 p.m., in the Fitzpatrick Hotel.

In 1906, U.S. Army officers attending school at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, boarded the train for Georgia to conduct visits to several Civil War battlefields to study large scale military operations. Once on the battlefield, the students rode horses to cover the areas of the battle, thus leading to the term, “Staff Rides,” as a name for this technique of studying historic battles.

Since this initial staff ride in 1906, staff rides have become an important part of the educational curriculum for U.S. Army officers. A modern staff ride combines a rigorous course of historical preparation with the careful examination of the terrain on which the actual battle was fought.

Rauch will describe how this technique is designed and operates, using Sherman’s March to the Sea as an example.

Rauch served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 2002. His final assignment was Assistant Professor of History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. As an Army historian, he can be found about twice a month on Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields in Georgia and South Carolina, leading staff rides. He is a member of the Society for Military History, the Army Historical Foundation, Georgia Battlefields Association, South Carolina Battlefield Trust, and the Civil War Trust.

Membership in the Washington Civil War Round Table is open to everyone interested in the War Between the States and new members can join at the meeting.

Round Table President Claibourne Darden says that the public is invited and welcome. The cost of the meeting is $15 per person and includes a buffet dinner. Make reservations by email at cdarden43@gmail.com or by calling 404-210-5811 and leaving a message.

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