If you are looking for a little help understanding the military component of some ACW book or article, you could do worse than to refer to this brief primer. Especially useful are the paradigms for operational modes, although these do not represent a consensus:

* offensive combat persisting
* defensive combat persisting
* offensive combat raiding
* defensive combat raiding
* offensive logistic persisting
* defensive logistic persisting
* offensive logistic raiding
* defensive logistic raiding

We'll get back to a look at sources abuse tomorrow.