Civil-Military Relations on the Frontier and Beyond, by Charles A. Byler

By Charles A. Byler

Civilian keep watch over of the army is without doubt one of the cornerstones on which the USA is outfitted, extending again even sooner than the founding of the state. during this quantity, Byler examines the improvement of civil-military relatives from the top of the Civil struggle till the beginning of the 1st international warfare, taking a look at what occurred and why. in this interval, an in the beginning small, poorly funded, and infrequently unpopular army persevered its conventional subordination to civilian authority regardless of the dissatisfaction of a lot of its leaders. This quantity explores why this used to be the case. It then demonstrates that even after the army completed victory over Spain and commenced to rule in another country colonial possessions, giving it new status and impression, the adventure of the former a long time ensured that the conventional precept of civilian keep watch over remained strong.Significant tensions built among civilian and army leaders because the small and poorly-funded army was once despatched on missions within the Reconstruction South and the Indian West, into abroad wars opposed to the Spanish and the Filipino nationalists, and on interventions within the Caribbean and imperative the USA. still, officials persisted to obey civilian experts as a result of a constructing expert ethos that emphasised the culture of subordination to civilian leaders and the disengagement of the army from politics. whilst the army received the dimensions, power, and status to problem civilian keep an eye on, it didn't accomplish that at once. as an alternative, it grew to become adept at operating inside civilian associations, forming alliances with leaders inside and out govt to form the rules it sought after.

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Cameron’s successor, Maine Republican Eugene Hale, ran the committee for the next twelve years. Joseph Hawley of Connecticut presided over the Senate Committee on Military Affairs for sixteen years, while Congressman John A. T. Hull of Iowa spent an equal number of years as chairman of the House Committee on Military Affairs. 3 A significant portion of the senators and congressmen of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries had served in the military during the Civil War. Chairmen Hawley and Hull had both fought for the Union, as had such prominent members as James Garfield of Ohio and John Logan of Illinois.

The navy’s feats of skill and daring delighted the public, especially the arduous voyage of the battleship Oregon from its West Coast port around Cape Horn to join the main fleet in the Caribbean, and Commodore George Dewey’s attack on the Spanish fleet at Manila. Dewey became the war’s leading hero. 34 The army contributed to the victory too but gained far less positive publicity than the navy. 35 Early in the war, the army’s supply problems captured the attention of the press and the public. The War Department’s supply bureaus were ill prepared for the sudden mobilization of the army, which swelled in size from 28,747 officers and enlisted men before the war to nearly 300,000 by its end.

The willingness of Congress to approve a larger army arose from the desire of the Republican majority to ensure that there would be enough troops available to carry out occupation duties in the defeated South and to protect white settlements and railroad construction crews from the increasingly restive tribes of the Great Plains. Not all Republicans were content with the army’s new size, however. In 1867 John Logan of Illinois and Benjamin Butler of Massachusetts, both newly elected Republican congressmen who had served as volunteer generals in the war, sponsored legislation to cut the number of officers in the army substantially.

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