Based in a period of great uncertainty, infused with a powerful vision for the future of a nation free from the oppression of foreign dominance and rule, the events that occurred in the Hudson Valley of New York from October 1777 through October 1780 had a profound and strategically important effect on the morale of the struggling Continental Army and its control of key defensive positions along the Hudson River. The obvious importance of the Hudson River to the colonies as the main transportation artery for supplies, as well as its natural positioning as an invasion route from Canada, made the need for the establishment, recapture, and strengthening of defenses along its length a paramount strategic objective for the Continentals.
Participants will explore key terrain throughout the area and examine the locations assessed by Gen. George Washington and his staff in an attempt to re-establish or gain control of vital defensive positions. Highly interactive case studies will examine principal figures of the Colonial offensives in the greater Hudson River Valley area.
The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle ever fought on the North American continent and resulted in over 52,000 casualties in less than one day’s time. The victory of the Union Army of the Potomac over the seemingly invincible Army of Northern Virginia was a surprise to all concerned at the time, and combined with the Confederate surrender at Vicksburg the following day—July 4, 1863—was undeniably the turning point in the American Civil War.
The example of the Confederate high command’s reliance on past practices, which had produced success up to that point in the war, and its inability to adapt to the dramatic changes posed by the circumstances at Gettysburg, stands in stark contrast to that of the Union Army’s strong alignment and creative initiative in operating cohesively, which differed significantly from its operational record in prior battles. The way this contrast is driven so clearly by obvious actions and inactions of key leaders provides a vivid leadership case study of immeasurable relevance for contemporary business leaders.
Who Should Attend
The character-based leadership principles presented through The Gettysburg 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 Gettysburg Leadership program explores universal leadership themes any leader will find beneficial to his or her career growth and/or organizational aspirations.