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Citadel News Service
10 Feb 2012

Tango Company tactical officer publishes book on Civil War

Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty, Tango Company tactical officer and Citadel instructor, recently published a book examining the Civil War campaign for control of the Mississippi River.


Kevin Dougherty

Dougherty’s “Leadership Lessons. The Campaigns for Vicksburg, 1862-1863” surveys the tactics, operations and leadership involved in the struggle for this strategic Mississippi town. In particular, Dougherty focuses on Union leader Ulysses Grant’s decisions in the campaign as a model of creative leadership. In addition, the book also examines the mistakes and successes of other Union and Confederate leaders.

Published in 2011 by Casemate Publishers, which specializes in the fields of military history, defense studies and military science in the U.S., Dougherty’s book is among several other Civil War books he had written including: “Strangling the Confederacy: Coastal Operations of the American Civil War,” “The Peninsula Campaign of 1862: A Military Analysis” as well as “Civil War
Leadership and Mexican War Experience.”

Dougherty came to The Citadel in 2010 after five years teaching military history and world civilizations in the Department of History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Before that he spent 23 years as an Army officer. Dougherty has a bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy and master's degrees from Troy State University and the Army War College.

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