F301 Winter 2019 Intelligence in the Civil War, Part 2
Mondays, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 28–Feb 18
Instructor: Jim Anderson
Against the backdrop of the Civil War, we continue our examination of the efforts of the two warring governments to establish effective intelligence organizations. In Part 1, we discussed the use of tradecraft techniques, such as code-breaking, deception, and covert surveillance. We also saw how both sides experimented with technologies, such as the telegraph and reconnaissance balloons. In Part 2, the first lecture will discuss the history and impact of Mosby’s Rangers on the local area. The following three lectures will examine the intelligence contributions on both sides during the Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg campaigns. As with the first lecture series, the focus will be less on the battlefield, and more on the battle of wits.
Jim Anderson spent 27 years with the CIA, including 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.