Steven L. Ossad

Award-winning Historian and Biographer, One-time Wall Street Technology Analyst, and Company Board Adviser on Leadership

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The only American armored division commander to die in battle, Maurice Rose was the son and grandson of rabbis who rose from private to general to lead the premier American armored force to victory over the Nazi empire.
Winner, 2003 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award
Martin Blumenson spent his life writing the history of an institution he respected greatly and knew intimately, the United States Army. He inspired generations of his students and successors to the highest standard of excellence.
The Battle of Kadesh, the greatest chariot clash in all recorded history - and the arche-type for maneuver warfare - pitted the war-hardened Hittites against a young, untested Pharaoh. The struggle that followed shaped the destinies of the two dominant empires of the early Iron Age. Recorded by Rameses as a great Egyptian victory, it is a case study of how a brilliant and well-executed public relations campaign can trump performance - and reality.

BG Joseph Mansfield, Military Heritage Magazine, February 2007

Joseph Mansfield, Steven L. Ossad, Graphite on paper, 2006

A SINGLE MOMENT OF GLORY
For more than forty years Joseph King Fenno Mansfield (1803-1862) prepared himself for the ultimate test of a soldier - high command in war. After a long and successful career marked by bravery in the field and rapid promotion during the Mexican War, celebrated achievements as a military engineer, recognition as an expert on defensive fortifications, and a distinguished tenure as Inspector General of the U.S. Army, the moment he’d been waiting for arrived on the morning of September 17, 1862. At the small western Maryland village of Sharpsburg - where the Potomac runs west and Antietam Creek runs east of the town – Mansfield’s brief moment of glory came just two days after assuming command of XII Corps, Army of the Potomac. Personally leading one of his regiments into battle, he was struck by a bullet in the chest and taken to a makeshift hospital where 24 hours later, he lay dead. About these basic details there is no dispute, but for almost a century and a half the rest of the story has generated controversy – sometimes bitter – among the participants and then among historians.


Highlights of Mansfield's Career


DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER:


STAFF OFFICER IN THE MEXICAN WAR:

Chief Engineer to General Zachary Taylor's Northern Army, he was brevetted three times for bravery and seriously wounded (Middlesex County Historical Society)

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE US ARMY:


DEFENDER OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL:


SHORE COMMANDER AT HAMPTON ROADS: