ACC tours Stones River National Battlefield
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. General James Simpson, commanding general, U.S. Army Contracting Command, follows along on a map during a briefing on the Battle of Stones River. He took 40 members of the ACC and U.S. Expeditionary Contracting Command combined staff to the Ston... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
ACC tours Stones River National Battlefield
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Mikhael Weitzel, the U.S. Army Contracting Command historian, provides an overview of the Battle of Stones River to 40 members of the ACC and U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command combined staff. They participated in an April 6 staff ride to th... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
ACC tours Stones River National Battlefield
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Two U.S. Army Contracting Command staff members walk through the Stones River National Cemetery as part of the ACC Stones River National Battlefield staff ride. Maj. General James Simpson, commanding general, U.S. Army Contracting Command, took 40 me... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

Maj. General James Simpson, commanding general, U.S. Army Contracting Command, took 40 members of the ACC and U.S. Expeditionary Contracting Command combined staff to the Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on April 6, for staff ride.

The staff studied the battle from the perspective of its place in history and the lessons learned that apply to ACC today.

During the staff ride, Mikhael Weitzel, ACC command historian, covered the importance and impact of logistics to both sides during the battle and the campaign before and after the battle. He also pointed to the Civil War as the foundation of modern Army contracting. He discussed operational contracting as it evolved during the Civil War, the early development and foundation of the organic industrial base, the importance of operational contracting and sustainment logistics and how those developments made the difference between victory and defeat.

The Battle of Stones River, or Second Battle of Murfreesboro, occurred between December 31, 1862, and January 2, 1863, in Middle Tennessee. The battle took place in Murfreesboro due to the railroad running through Middle Tennessee, and its importance to the contract-driven logistics of the U.S. Army.

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