In this Issue:
Out of the Shadow and into the Light:
Col. David "Mickey" Marcus and U.S. Civil Affairs in World War II
By Steven L. Ossad
"An Enterprise upon Johns Island":
Nathanael Greene's Winter Campaign and the Jacksonborough Assembly, 1781–1782
By Charles B. Baxley
CMH - Publications
Army History Magazine
Winter 2016 Edition
CMH, December 2015
In the Winter 2016 issue of Army History, we are pleased to present two engaging articles, the first covering civil affairs following the D-Day invasion and the second analyzing Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene's campaign in South Carolina during the winter of 1781–1782.
Independent historian Steven L. Ossad examines the life of West Point and World War II civil affairs icon Col. David Daniel "Mickey" Marcus. Known to our readers as the author of the excellent article "The Terrills of Virginia: Impossible Loyalties, Irreconcilable Differences," which appeared in the Spring 2014 issue (No. 91) of Army History, Ossad highlights the career of a man who would gain fame not only as an athlete at the U.S. Military Academy, but also as one of the primary architects of U.S. military civil affairs policy during World War II. Marcus would also go on to become the first Israeli Aluf (general) following the partition of Palestine and the only officer to be buried at West Point having died while fighting under the flag of a foreign nation. Immortalized in the 1966 movie Cast a Giant Shadow, Marcus' exploits gave rise to a large number of fictionalizations. Ossad sets the record straight, which in no way diminishes the legend of this extraordinary individual.
The second article, by Charles B. Baxley, an authority on the southern campaigns of the American Revolution, dissects the actions of Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene and the troops under his command in South Carolina during the winter of 1781–1782. Following the surrender of Lt. Gen. Charles, Lord Cornwallis, at Yorktown in October 1781, the British strongholds and their main ports of supply in the southern theater became the primary focus for American forces. Baxley expertly evaluates both British and American maneuvers around Charlestown as Greene attempted to reduce this enemy bastion, protect the low country and more western territory, and reestablish civil governance.
The Artifact Spotlight looks at two recently acquired swords once owned by Revolutionary War officer Josiah Harmar.
With the departure of Dr. Richard W. Stewart, the chief historian and acting director of the Center of Military History, Col. Gregory A. Baker, the current deputy director, will be temporarily taking over both sets of duties. In his first Chief's Corner, Colonel Baker bids a fond farewell to Dr. Stewart and provides some updates about various efforts here at the Center.
Bryan J. Hockensmith