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January 2013

Bringing the Boardroom to the Battlefield

From @StaffRideGuy NEWSLETTER AUSA and ROTC Staff Ride to Vicksburg

March 13, 2013

Long neglected because of the greater newsworthiness of Gettyburg the day before, the Vickburg Campaign of 1863, cut the Confederacy in two, brought the entire Mississippi under Union control, and resulted in the elevation of U.S. Grant to command of all Union forces. This year is the 150th Anniversary.

AUSA North Texas Chapter has accomplished the Battlefield Staff Ride to Vicksburg in the fall with ROTC Cadets here in North Texas. Walk the fight. Talk about leadership decisions that were taken. Why they were taken and what other options might have been considered. And we’ll critique a paper I wrote on Grant at Vicksburg while I was a student at US Army War College. It was more than fun, instructive.

Description of the Ride Location

More information: Staff Ride Handbook and Animated Vicksburg Briefing
and Battle of Champion Hill

September 15-16 (SAT-SUN) overnight at Vicksburg ARNG Armory
More information to come as we approach the date.

i. Saturday

0800 – Assemble at designated Rally Point in Frisco. Three 9-
passenger Buses, 25 Cadets & ROTC Cadre and 3 AUSA Mentors (TOTAL PERSONNEL = 25)
0815 – Depart in convoy Distance^ 380 miles (6 hours and 46
minutes) MRE Lunch enroute
1530 -:Arrive Vicksburg Battlefield and Visit Museum, Battlefield
window tour and dismount to walk where they fought Site 1
1900 – Depart for Armory, Hot Dinner (BBQ), RON
ii. Sunday.

0800-Hot Breakfast
0900 – Arrive Vicksburg Battlefield and Walk Where they Fought Site 2
1130-.MRE Lunch at Site 2
1300 -AARofVicksburgBattleand Staff Ride
1400-Depart (6 hours and 46 minutes)
2130-Arrive Rally Point in Frisco


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An intensive, experiential learning-based, leadership exercise conducted on the site of the "bloodiest day" in American history. The battle ended all hope of foreign intervention and was a major strategic Union victory, but the decisions, indecision, blunders, and perfectly calculated risks are a rich source for studying leadership in action at the pinnacle.
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