Recent events during the past week brings tears to my eyes because I now have a different perspective about American history. Our freedom today and our military leadership that has protected our freedoms since 1863 partly originates from the lessons learned about the different leadership styles of those confederate generals like Lee, Longstreet, and Stonewall Jackson. I share in this post two videos to help Americans see through the lens of reflection and growth of a changing mindset.
This summer I had the privileged of attending a Diamond Six Leadership trip back to Washington, D. C. and take an extensive leadership course to study the generals of the civil war which includes both Union and Confederate officer leadership styles. In March of this year I was informed by my school principal that I was nominated to attend this summer trip. I felt in a strange place because the group primarily had administrative personnel with whom I previously had little exposure to. This six day trip to Gettysburg forever changes my personal opinion about the Civil War, Gettysburg, Lincoln, and the Confederate Generals who happen to be graduates of West Point. As part of the preparations for this trip we were required to read the book "Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara.
We stayed in Carlisle, Pennsylvania a short distance from the sacred battlegrounds of Gettysburg. We studied the leadership styles of Chamberlain, Lee, Longstreet, and Buford. Along the battlefield are statues that tell a story about the battle that is a rich learning experience and no one in my opinion should destroy or take down the statues to remind us of the men who died to make America a great nation. On the final day of the Gettysburg tour I was honored to be chosen as the one to read the Gettysburg Address before my peers and the school district superintendent at the same location that President Lincoln gave his address back in 1963 about four months after the Battle of Gettysburg. It was an honor that I will never forget. The following video was taken on July 12, 2017 at the cemetery in Gettysburg.
Dr. Jordan B smith jr.
I attended the U. S. Naval Academy from 1972-1976 earning a B.S. in Mathematics. Served 20 years both active and reserve in the US Marines. Veteran of the Desert Shield/Storm. I earned a MAED and Ed D. specializing in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2015. I graduated from CBC High School in Clayton, MO in 1972.