Dismissed as amateur and unprofessional.

Discussion in 'Civil War' started by cameronpalte, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. cameronpalte

    cameronpalte Member

    The Union and Confederate armies were dismissed as being amateur and unprofessional armies by the, at the time, extremely powerful European nations. Both sides attempted to get a European nation to fight with them, especially the south, however in the end it never happened. What are your guys opinions on this?
  2. Rigby44

    Rigby44 Member

    I think it is invidious to expect Volunteer or conscript troops to act with anything like military precision for many months if not years into a war. The Learning curve of the Union Army from First Bull Run continued even up to the trench warfare in Petersburg; just as the British army in 1915 hand to learn until by 1918 it was a much more formidable and effective force. Wars are fought by professional General Staffs and civilians in uniform. The problems of training men and men learning about how to fight a war takes time.

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