F301 Summer 2018 Intelligence in the Civil War, Part 1
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, June 26–July 17
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Jim Anderson
In Part 1 of this two-part lecture series, we will explore the efforts—both successful and unsuccessful—of the two warring governments to establish effective intelligence organizations in the early days of the Civil War. The Confederacy’s Secret Service Bureau and the Union’s Bureau of Military Information used age-old intelligence tradecraft techniques, such as code-breaking, deception, and covert surveillance. The two sides also experimented with technologies such as the telegraph and reconnaissance balloons. We will examine the various means used to gather and exploit tactical and strategic information to influence events on the battlefield, in Washington, and in Richmond. Other areas covered will include mapmaking, cavalry and irregular units, and the contributions of escaped slaves, or “contrabands.” This lecture series focuses less on the battlefield and more on a battle of wits.
Jim Anderson spent 27 years with the CIA, which included six overseas tours in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East. He holds a BA in history from Rhodes College and an MA in history from the University of Memphis. After retirement, he spent 11 years conducting corporate leadership training seminars featuring Civil War battlefield visits. He has spoken frequently at OLLI on Civil War, frontier, and Native American topics.