Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Staff Ride Handbook for the Battle of Shiloh, 6-7 April 1862: A Leavenworth Staff Ride from the Combat Studies Institute

by Jeffrey J. Gudmens

From the publisher:
The Leavenworth Staff Ride Team guides military students on battlefields around the world. This series of staff ride guides serves in lieu of a Leavenworth instructor.

Jeffrey Gudmens' book provides a systematic encounter with Shiloh. Part I shows the organization of the armies. Part II consists of a campaign overview. Part III is a suggested route for conducting a staff ride. For each stop, or "stand," there is a set of travel directions, a description of the action that occurred there, vignettes, a list of teaching points, and a map of the battle. Part IV explains the integration phase of a staff ride. Suggested areas of discussion are included. Part V tells how to conduct a staff ride at Shiloh. Appendix A provides the order of battle, including numbers engaged and casualties. Appendix B provides key participants' biographical information. Appendix C is a list of Medal of Honor recipients for actions at Shiloh.

An annotated bibliography gives sources for preliminary study.

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey J. “Benny” Gudmens was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Dayton and an M.A. in Civil War studies from American Military University. His assignments include platoon leader and company executive officer, 82d Airborne Division; airborne company command, 6th Division; assistant G3 air, XVIII Airborne Corps during Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM; observer/controller, Joint Readiness Training Center; battalion operations officer, 5-20 Infantry, Fort Lewis, Washington; operations officer, Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and operations adviser to the Royal Saudi Land Forces. He is currently an associate professor at the Combat Studies Institute, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth.

From CWBN:
This is the new trade release of a previous government publication. The exact day of release this month is not known.