Charleston Leadership Experience
The Citadel / Battlefield Program
The history of Charleston is one of the longest and most diverse of any community in the United States spanning hundreds of years of physical settlement beginning in 1663 through modern times. Charleston was the leading city in the South from the colonial era to the Civil War. As a result, there are numerous examples of positive and negative leadership there that influenced their history and that of the United States.
With these many leadership possibilities to discuss and analyze, the Charleston Leadership Experience will be a 2.5 day program and focus on several key leadership examples and lessons from the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. Besides being rich with historical leadership examples, Charleston is a wonderful place to visit. Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Charleston “the number one city in the United States” for four years in a row.
Partnering with The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, the program will begin at the Daniel Library on The Citadel Campus by discussing the importance of leadership and character. Near to the library and The Citadel Chapel is one of the most prominent landmarks on The Citadel campus, the Major Thomas Dry Howie Bell Tower, which honors one of The Citadel’s most famous alumni, immortalized as “the Major of St Lo” for his exploits in combat during the Normandy Campaign in World War II. Battlefield Leadership programs and services have proven highly effective in catalyzing behavior change for business organizations and for guiding leaders at all levels.
Hotel location for the program will be the Embassy Suites, site of the original Citadel Campus on Marion Square, in downtown Charleston. Day Two will start with a walk to Horn Wall on the corner of Marion Square, discussing the Revolutionary siege of Charleston.
From there, we will travel to Fort Moultrie, discussing the Revolutionary War defense from British Naval attack, including British tactics as well as the evacuation of Major Robert Anderson to Fort Sumter prior to the beginning of the American Civil War, which erupted there on April 12, 1861. The afternoon will be spent at Fort Sumter discussing characteristics of aggressive as well as defensive leadership tactics, their successes and liabilities.
The last morning will be spent at the site of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, where we will discuss a leader’s determination in the face of incredible odds. Lt. George Dixon, CSA, who after two previous crews were lost, and the project was about to be shelved, convinced General P. G. T. Beauregard to give “his product” and idea one more try and was successful in sinking the Union blockading ship USS Housatonic just outside Charleston Harbor.
Cases in this segment will include: Federal General Quincy Gillmore and the decision to besiege Charleston, along with the plan for its envelopment; PGT Beauregard’s replacement of artillery with infantry and successful defense of Fort Sumter and his decision to evacuate Confederate troops from the siege area; Union General Benham’s decision to attempt to take James Island against orders; Colonel T.G. Lamar and the plan for defense of Secessionville (only land offensive in the battles for Charleston), and most desirably, the Second Battle of Fort Wagner with the Union repulse by General Johnson Hagood’s (Citadel graduate) reinforcements and its many examples of Union innovation in preparing for the attack. The leadership principles highlighted through our battlefield programs can be tailored to address specific competencies.