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The Port Royal ExperimentA Case Study in Development$
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Kevin Dougherty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461534

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461534.001.0001

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Planning Postcombat Operations

Planning Postcombat Operations

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(p.20) Chapter Two Planning Postcombat Operations
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The Port Royal Experiment
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Kevin Dougherty

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461534.003.0003

The United States did not have a plan to deal with the post-combat situation it inherited after its victory at Port Royal. Ultimately Edward Pierce developed a system that combined superintendents to be appointed for the plantations to control the labor force and bring in the valuable cotton crop and missionary-teachers to address the population’s educational and humanitarian needs. These Gideonites filled a dangerous void, but the lack of prior planning resulted in an ad hoc and largely uncoordinated effort. Similar failures to plan subsequent phases to military operations, act quickly, and ensure unity of effort among participants continued to plague recent US efforts in Iraq, Kosovo, and Somalia, and the Port Royal Experiment serves as a cautionary tale for those planning such transitions from combat operations to nation-building activities.

Keywords:   Edward Pierce, Gideonites, Missionary-teachers, Post-combat operations, Unity of effort

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