, a meeting engagement
is a battle
fought when two opposing armies meet each other on the move. Usually something like this would only result in a small skirmish
, but occasionally escalates to a full battle
. An example of the latter is the Battle of Gettysburg
during the American Civil War
. Meeting Engagement
's are not normally planned by the General
s of the armies and therefore are somewhat out of their control.
In many ways the goal, of a General is to get his army into as best a possible position to fight the enemy. His most important decisions tend to come before the first bullet flies. Once the fighting starts he has much less control. In a meeting engagement the General does not even have control over the starting positions. Meeting engagements often occur while the opposing Generals are trying to complete a plan, and may completely wreck it.