Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Military History

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Robert Young


When studying what is perhaps the most controversial congressional committee in American history, the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, it is easy to become swept up in the criticism and view it members as ignorant, foolish, or even malicious. This loses sight of the many positive contributions the committee made for their country during the Civil War though, and diminishes an important part of America’s history. By examining the committee’s findings and comparing them to the effects they would have on the war effort, this study seeks to illuminate how the Union was better able to achieve victory in the Civil War due to committee’s work. Additionally, criticism of the committee by historians will be addressed and responded to in an attempt to provide a more balanced view of the committee than has been previously available.



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