Our guide is Bill Elliott, Assistant Director for Advising, Career and Transfer Services at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, and MACCA member. Bill has studied the battle since his first visit to the field at the age of five and has led educational, business and military groups in numerous tours and discussions relating to Civil War history, immigrant soldiers in the Civil War, leadership strategy and its relevance today. Bill spent many years as a living historian in the 69th Pennsylvania Infantry reenactment group, proudly portraying a soldier of the regiment in honor of his 3rd great grandfather who served in the 69th and was wounded and captured at Gettysburg, later dying in Andersonville Prison Camp in Georgia. Bill also has served as a Camp Commander and currently serves as the Department of the Chesapeake Historian in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.We hope you can join us for what we hope will be an informative and enlightening short tour around this hallowed ground.
From July 1st to 3rd 1863, Gettysburg was witness to the largest battle ever fought in North America with over 50,000 people killed, wounded or captured during that three-day span. Amid the drama and horror of the events that unfolded in the fields surrounding the town and within the town itself, were numerous instances in which leaders at every level were forced to make key decisions under duress that would affect the ebb and flow of the battle and the lives of those involved. We will examine several of the key decisions made during those three days, meet the leaders who made them (some well-known and some lesser known) and ultimately discuss how we can use the lessons from the battlefield in our lives as professionals and leaders in our fields.