On July 1st 2nd and 3rd 1863, military leaders at all levels were put to the test on the fields, ridges and hills surrounding the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 160,000 Americans clashed over those days in the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, causing over 51,000 casualties—making it the bloodiest three days in American history.
The battle proved again and again that the quality of leadership often means the differencebetween life and death, victory and defeat, success and failure. Leadership is always the critical variable in every endeavor.
Every new generation in America faces deep challenges and deep divides. Freedom is never fully inherited; we must fight to preserve it. Perhaps we can learn from America’s bloodiest three days the leadership lessons needed to hold the high ground in every other arena of life. Perhaps the lessons of battlefield leadership will help us to inspire, encourage, and enable others to do things they did not think themselves capable of before.