New Publications from the Center of Military History
July 23, 2013
The U.S. Army in Afghanistan
Operation Enduring Freedom
March 2002-April 2005
by Brian Neumann, Lisa Mundey, and Jon Mikolashek
In Operation Enduring Freedom, March 2002-April 2005, authors Brian Neumann, Lisa Mundey, and Jon Mikolashek provide details on the critical role of the U.S. Army in the critical three-year period following the conclusion of Operation Anaconda in March 2002. They detail the story of American and international forces working to solidify the initial invasion's crippling of al-Qaeda and removal of the Taliban. They recount the quest to build a new, democratic Afghan government capable of maintaining internal security and tending to the needs of the Afghan people. They describe the U.S. Army's search for a proper balance between counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations as the enemy rebuilt his forces from safe havens in Pakistan. Finally, they chronicle the Army's efforts to maintain an effective presence in Afghanistan while juggling the challenges of an indigenous population historically opposed to foreign forces and the decreased resources available after the start of the Iraq war in 2003.
Campaigns of the Civil War
The Vicksburg Campaign, November 1862-July 1863
by Christopher R. Gabel
The Vicksburg Campaign, November 1862-July 1863 continues the series of campaign brochures commemorating our national sacrifices during the American Civil War. Author Christopher R. Gabel examines the operations for the control of Vicksburg, Mississippi. President Abraham Lincoln called Vicksburg "the key," and indeed it was as control of the Mississippi River depended entirely on the taking of this Confederate strognhold. This brochure includes five maps and fifteen illustrations.
The U.S. Army Campaigns of the War of 1812
Defending a New Nation, 1783-1811
by John R. Maass
From the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783 to the beginning of the War of 1812, the nascent United States Army encountered significant challenges, both within its own ranks and in the field. The Army faced hostile American Indians in the west, domestic insurrections over taxation, threats of war from European powers, organizational changes, and budgetary constraints. It was also a time of growth and exploration, during which Army officers led expeditions to America's west coast and founded a military academy. Defending a New Nation, 1783-1811, the first volume of the "U.S. Army Campaigns of the War of 1812" series, tells the story of several military campaigns against Indians in the Northwest Territory, the Army's role in suppressing the Whiskey Rebellion (1794), the Quasi-War with France and confrontations with Spain, the influence of Jeffersonian politics on the Army's structure, and the Lewis and Clark expedition.