This introductory chapter emphasizes the role of French military tactics in the American army, and conceptualizes a system of war that had its origins in Enlightenment thought. After the War of 1812, French influence dominated more than just the development of American army regulations, technology, and education. French ideas had also influenced the formation of the army's intellectual framework of the battlefield. This framework is the mechanism by which an army employs its nation's way of warfare on a battlefield against its enemies. This framework, adopted in large part by the leadership of the army, carries with it various assumptions about the nature of war and the requirements for victory, all consistent with the national way of warfare. In a certain sense, the army's intellectual framework of the battlefield is the manifestation of that way of warfare.
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