|American civil war staff officers, standing around. Probably McClellan's staff|
|Robert E. Lee|
In the end, when a general sought personal staff improvements, three factors usually encouraged him to do so. The first factor was army size: Simply, the larger the force under his command, the more a general might seek staff help controlling it. The second factor was cooperative operations--separate columns or armies working toward a mutual objective......The last, and most important factor, was the commander's willingness to improve staff work. If a general saw no real benefit in staff work, then neither the presence of a large army, nor a plan calling for cooperative operations could encourage him to improve it.
|William Tecumsah Sherman|
I've been looking forward to reading this book, a lot.