Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons From Gettysburg & The Little Bighorn
In Sacred Ground, Jeff Appelquist takes us on an amazing journey of exploration and discovery to the Gettysburg and Little Bighorn battlefields. By studying these momentous events through the lens of individual leadership and team dynamics, we see that the stories from history are fascinating, the parallels to today are memorable, and the principles of leadership enduring. History at its best is one unending, frequently unforgettable story about people who lived and breathed, and sometimes accomplished extraordinary things under great duress. While not everyone loves history, everyone loves a great story. And stories from the past still have power to inform our lives in the present. Sacred Ground is storytelling at its best, and will forever change the way you think, lead, and do business.
and the Cheyenne—with their prowess as warriors, colorful history, and proud traditions—came together in massive numbers to the valley of the Little Bighorn in the summer of 1876. They gathered to protect themselves and their free-roaming way of life in defiant response to an order from the U. S. government in late 1875 that directed all Indians nationwide who had not already done so to surrender to the confinement of reservations by January 31, 1876. They gathered, unified in their purpose, at
their four children. In the span of a week three of the four siblings—a one-year-old girl and two boys, ages four and six—succumbed to the fever. An older boy barely escaped with his life. The parents were so despondent that Longstreet’s friend George Pickett had to make the funeral arrangements. On campaign up to that point, Longstreet’s headquarters camp had always been known as a place of fun, where a good stiff drink and a hand or two of poker were always permitted. Longstreet himself was a
serious storm clouds were gathering over the United States that would have profound implications for every cadet at West Point. A moment of reckoning was coming. When Abraham Lincoln was elected president in November 1860, a trickle of southern students left the Academy. Several more departed when South Carolina seceded in December of that year. Most of the remaining boys from the South left to volunteer their services to their new government when the Confederate States were formally established
also told Kanipe, “And if you see Benteen, tell him to come on quick—a big Indian village.” From this position Custer could see dust rising to the southeast. Benteen and his battalion were within a few miles, with the pack train trailing not far behind. Custer’s men moved on, traveling another half mile. Custer waved at Reno’s command in the valley below, then encouraged his men, “Courage, boys, we’ve got them! We’ll finish them up and then go home to our station.” As Kanipe rode away to deliver
moved over the shoulder of Round Top directly at Little Round Top appeared first. Due to the difficulty of terrain and lack of command and control, these three Rebel units fought loosely and not in any coordinated fashion. As the tough Maine lumberjacks and fishermen of Colonel Chamberlain’s regiment positioned themselves, the enemy also came into sight for them in the form of Colonel Oates’s Alabamians, approaching from the saddle between the two hills. Oates and his two regiments also fought