Antietam Leadership Experience

Sharpsburg, Maryland

The single bloodiest day in American military history, the Battle of Antietam, serves as an exemplary model for evaluating and analyzing a multitude of leadership practices and characteristics that can be directly applied to the leadership acumen needed for today’s business environment.

On September 16, 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac confronted the Army of Northern Virginia at Sharpsburg, Maryland. At dawn on September 17, the Union forces mounted a powerful assault on the Confederate left flank and began the Battle of Antietam. Over the course of that day and into the following day, 87,000 Union troops and 45,000 Confederate troops waged vicious warfare. The Battle of Antietam was marked by heroic attacks, counterattacks, and leadership decisions that were of both short-term and long-term consequence.

Who Should Attend

The leadership principles and concepts presented through the Antietam Leadership Experience can be tailored to meet the needs of the highest level senior leaders to the less-experienced yet rising leaders within an organization. The Antietam Leadership Experience explores universal leadership themes that any leader will find beneficial to his or her career growth and/or organizational aspirations.

Key Leadership Lessons:

Dangers of ComplacencyImportance of InitiativeLateral & Vertical AlignmentOpportunity in Crisis
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Selected Case Studies

  • Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA
  • Gen. George McClellan, USA
  • Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, CSA

Key Leadership Lessons

  • Lateral and vertical alignment
  • The dangers of complacency
  • Finding opportunity in crisis
  • Finding opportunity in crisis


This is a two-day program typically delivered over three days, beginning on the evening of day one with a strategic overview, followed by day two on the battlefield with an After-Action Review (AAR) back at the lodging facility, and the morning of day three on the battlefield with a working lunch and final AAR back at the lodging facility. Customization is possible.

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