Ox Hill Leadership Tours, LLC

Ox Hill Leadership Tours, LLC

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01/04/2022

On January 1, 1863, many wondered whether, in the face of the disastrous losses at Fredericksburg, President Lincoln would move ahead with the Emancipation Proclamation. Frederick Douglass joined a gathering of thousands of people at Tremont Temple in Boston and awaited news from Washington eagerly, recalling later in his memoirs,

“We were waiting and listening as for a bolt from the sky, which should rend the fetters of four million of slaves; we were watching, as it were, by the dim light of the stars, for the dawn of a new day; we were longing for the answer to the agonizing prayers of centuries.

“Eight, nine, ten o'clock came and went, and still no word. A visible shadow seemed falling on the expecting throng, which the confident utterances of the speakers sought in vain to dispel. At last, when patience was well-nigh exhausted, and suspense was becoming agony, a man (I think it was Judge Russell) with hasty step advanced through the crowd, and with a face fairly illumined with the news he bore, exclaimed in tones that thrilled all hearts, "It is coming!" "It is on the wires!!" The effect of this announcement was startling beyond description, and the scene was wild and grand. Joy and gladness exhausted all forms of expression from shouts of praise, to sobs and tears…It was one of the most affecting and thrilling occasions I ever witnessed, and a worthy celebration of the first step on the part of the nation in its departure from the thralldom of ages.”

The Emancipation Proclamation declared all persons enslaved in rebelling states to be free and authorized the enlistment of black men into US military service. With this proclamation, the war took on new meaning, no longer simply a war to preserve the Union as it as, the United States Army would now be fighting to build a Union without slavery. In 1863, a new phase of the war began, but the bloodshed was far from over. Douglass acknowledged the limitations of the new policy, but recognized its importance as a monumental step in the right direction.

Reactions to the Emancipation Proclamation in the winter camps of the Army of the Potomac ranged from loathing to admiration. The consequences of a federal emancipation policy were as yet to be determined, as was the answer to the question: what would freedom look like?

Battle Of Fredericksburg 12/13/2021

Battle Of Fredericksburg

159 years ago today the Battle of Fredericksburg was fought ...

Battle Of Fredericksburg Information on the Battle Of Fredericksburg, a major Civil War Battle of 1862 during the American Civil War Battle Of Fredericksburg Summary: The Battle

12/02/2021

Merry Christmas from General Dan Sickles...

Merry Christmas from General Dan Sickles...

The Myth of the Lost Cause: Revealing the Truth About the Civil War 10/28/2021

The Myth of the Lost Cause: Revealing the Truth About the Civil War

This lecture is five years old but is outstanding. It dispels, once and for all, the many myths about the Confederacy. Most important, it presents irrefutable facts that the Confederacy was established solely to preserve and protect the institution of slavery. Anyone interested in this issue should watch this video...

The Myth of the Lost Cause: Revealing the Truth About the Civil War The Lost Cause of the Confederacy, or simply the Lost Cause, is an ideological movement that describes the Confederate cause as a heroic one against great od...

Say Goodbye to Your Manager 10/03/2021

Say Goodbye to Your Manager

Interesting and insightful article:

Say Goodbye to Your Manager The pandemic has exposed a fundamental weakness in the system.

Inside the office of a one-star Army general that 100% of soldiers rated ‘hostile’ 10/01/2021

Inside the office of a one-star Army general that 100% of soldiers rated ‘hostile’

It's truly incredible that an organization like the US Army should have such an outrageous breakdown in leadership:

Inside the office of a one-star Army general that 100% of soldiers rated ‘hostile’ "[T]his woman constantly beat me down."

Chickamauga 09/19/2021

Chickamauga

It was 159 years ago that the Battle of Chickamauga was fought - one of the bloodiest battles in American history.

Chickamauga The Battle of Chickamauga page includes battle maps, history articles, historical facts, expert videos, web links, and more on this 1863 Civil War battle in...

Antietam National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service) 09/17/2021

Antietam National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)

It was 159 years ago today that the bloodiest battle in US history was fought …

Antietam National Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service) 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Plan of the battle of Chantilly, Virginia. Fought Septr. 1st 1862, 5 to 10 PM. 09/01/2021

Plan of the battle of Chantilly, Virginia. Fought Septr. 1st 1862, 5 to 10 PM.

159 years ago today the Battle of Chantilly (or Ox Hill) was fought - the only major battle of the American Civil War to be fought in Fairfax County. Two Union generals - Isaac Stevens and Phil Kearny - were killed in the battle.

Plan of the battle of Chantilly, Virginia. Fought Septr. 1st 1862, 5 to 10 PM. This engagement, known as the Battle of Chantilly, or Ox Hill, was the last action in the 2d Bull Run Campaign (June-September 1862). This map focuses on western Fairfax County, Va. Stonewall Jackson's forces occupy both sides of the road from Centreville to Chantilly, with additional forces based o...

Photos from Bull Runnings's post 07/21/2021

Photos from Bull Runnings's post

He reenacted Civil War battles as a Black soldier fighting for freedom. Then he learned about his great-great-grandfather. 07/21/2021

He reenacted Civil War battles as a Black soldier fighting for freedom. Then he learned about his great-great-grandfather.

This is an amazing story:

He reenacted Civil War battles as a Black soldier fighting for freedom. Then he learned about his great-great-grandfather. “What were the odds that I had spent 28 years reenacting these soldiers’ lives, only to learn that my own great-great-grandfather had actually been there?” Calvin Osborne said.

Photos from Ox Hill Leadership Tours, LLC's post 07/21/2021

Today is the 160th anniversary of the Battle of First Manassas. Christina and I were able to get out to the battlefield this morning for a short hike ...

Longstreet at Gettysburg, the Second Day 07/02/2021

Longstreet at Gettysburg, the Second Day

One hundred and fifty eight years ago today …

Longstreet at Gettysburg, the Second Day An excerpt from Longstreet's memoirs describing his actions on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

These Five "Witness Trees" Were Present At Key Moments In America's History 06/11/2021

These Five "Witness Trees" Were Present At Key Moments In America's History

I love a good witness tree ...

These Five "Witness Trees" Were Present At Key Moments In America's History These still-standing trees are a living testament to our country's tragic past

Senate report details Capitol Police failures leading up to Jan. 6 - Roll Call 06/08/2021

Senate report details Capitol Police failures leading up to Jan. 6 - Roll Call

The bottom line was that the security failures on January 6th represented a lack of good leadership:

Senate report details Capitol Police failures leading up to Jan. 6 - Roll Call A joint Senate committee report details how Capitol Police failed to adequately prepare for the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol.

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee 05/12/2021

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee 05/12/2021

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee

This article was first published in 2017. It shatters a lot of myths and is thought provoking:

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.

Failure to communicate: The Capitol Police leadership gap on Jan. 6 05/10/2021

Failure to communicate: The Capitol Police leadership gap on Jan. 6

In a crisis, good and steady leadership is critical:

Failure to communicate: The Capitol Police leadership gap on Jan. 6 The attack on the Capitol was made worse partly by a lack of direction from department commanders to the rank and file.

Harriet Tubman’s lost Maryland home found, archaeologists say 04/21/2021

Harriet Tubman’s lost Maryland home found, archaeologists say

Amazing find —

Harriet Tubman’s lost Maryland home found, archaeologists say Archaeologists say they have found the lost site of Harriet Tubman's family home in rural Maryland. The famed abolitionist’s father, Ben Ross, sheltered her and his family there in the 1840s.

Renowned as a Black liberator, Harriet Tubman was also a brilliant spy 02/12/2021

Renowned as a Black liberator, Harriet Tubman was also a brilliant spy

Great story from American history - Harriet Tubman was one of the most impactful leaders in our history.

Renowned as a Black liberator, Harriet Tubman was also a brilliant spy Now Tubman, the first woman to lead a military operation in U.S. history, has been inducted into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame.

washingtonpost.com 01/20/2021

Healing a bitterly divided nation: The link between Lincoln in 1865 and Biden in 2021

Outstanding piece that puts today's events in context of our history:

washingtonpost.com In his second inauguration on March 4, 1865, Lincoln sought to begin the healing of a divided country emerging from a bloody Civil War.

washingtonpost.com 01/19/2021

At the nation’s first presidential transfer of power, George Washington was ‘radiant’

One of the many reasons George Washington has been fondly remembered by history ...

washingtonpost.com On the morning of John Adams’s inauguration, Washington walked to the ceremony alone and made history by happily turning over the presidency to his elected successor .

washingtonpost.com 01/15/2021

Lincoln’s first inauguration met with threats of kidnapping, killing and militias

There are precedents in our history for what we are experiencing today:

washingtonpost.com Threats of murder, marches to DC by militia, and kidnapping plots greeted Lincoln’s first inauguration. The tense ceremony, on the eve of Civil War, was held on the east front of the Capitol in 1861, where earlier this month Trump mobs terrorized Congress, breached the building and attacked police...

rollcall.com 01/14/2021

Troops sleeping in the Capitol: A rare sight since the Civil War

We are living in extraordinary times and witnessing traumatic events rarely seen in our history ...

rollcall.com Members of the military waking up on the cold marble floors of the Capitol complex Wednesday were likely some of the first to do so since the Civil War.

twitter.com 01/08/2021

George & Barbara Bush Foundation on Twitter

This what Presidential leadership and integrity looks like...

twitter.com “A good day to be reminded of this moment from January 1993.”

washingtonpost.com 01/07/2021

Political extremists have attacked the U.S. Capitol before: A history of the violence

washingtonpost.com The mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol Wednesday enter the history books alongside people who have wielded bombs, guns and torches in their attacks on a symbol of American freedom.

washingtonpost.com 01/07/2021

Political extremists have attacked the U.S. Capitol before: A history of the violence

History always informs and puts today's events in proper context:

washingtonpost.com The mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol Wednesday enter the history books alongside people who have wielded bombs, guns and torches in their attacks on a symbol of American freedom.

ushistory.org 11/11/2020

The Election of 1860 [ushistory.org]

This election has been contentious - no question. But it is not by any stretch of the imagination unprecedented. Just look at the presidential race in 1860:

https://www.ushistory.org/us/32d.asp

ushistory.org An overview of the bitterly contested U.S. Presidential Election of 1860.

washingtonpost.com 10/27/2020

The last Supreme Court nominee confirmed without bipartisan support never heard a single case

More fascinating history that relates directly to today’s news:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/10/27/edwin-stanton-amy-coney-barrett-supreme-court/

washingtonpost.com Like Amy Coney Barrett, Edwin M. Stanton was confirmed by a bitterly divided Senate for the high court in 1869 without a single vote from a Democrat. But Stanton, who'd served as Lincoln's secretary of war during the Civil War, never made it to the bench.

10/21/2020

This afternoon I was out at Manassas National Battlefield Park doing a dry run for the leadership seminar I will be facilitating tomorrow for the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. Beautiful day to be out on the battlefield. And it’s great that, with the proper protocols, we can resume the in-person leadership seminars.

Learn more at www.oxhilltours.com.

zinnedproject.org 10/16/2020

July 16, 1854: Elizabeth Jennings Graham - Zinn Education Project

I love finding these great nuggets of history and the stories of truly courageous and trailblazing Americans. Why isn’t the story of Elizabeth Jennings taught in our schools??

https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/elizabeth-jennings-graham/

zinnedproject.org Schoolteacher Elizabeth Jennings Graham successfully challenged racist streetcar policies in New York City.

battlefields.org 09/19/2020

Battle of Third Wi******er Facts & Summary

One Hundred and Fifty Six years ago today, Union General Phil Sheridan won a decisive battle at Wi******er, Virginia. It was the first of three straight victories in the Shenandoah Valley that fall that played a key part in the re-election of President Lincoln and ultimate triumph of the Union in the Civil War.

https://www.battlefields.org/learn/civil-war/battles/third-winchester

battlefields.org To clear the Shenandoah River valley of Confederates, Maj. Gen. Phil Sheridan moved on Wi******er in mid-September 1864. Sheridan’s force of over 39,000 men was more than twice the size of Maj. Gen. Jubal Early's Confederate army defending the valley. After Brig. Gen. Joseph Kershaw’s division l...

battlefields.org 09/17/2020

Battle of Antietam Facts & Summary

Today is the 158th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam - the bloodiest day in American history. The Union victory at Antietam prompted President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation a few days later.

https://www.battlefields.org/learn/civil-war/battles/antietam

battlefields.org The Army of the Potomac, under the command of Maj. Gen. George McClellan, mounted a series of powerful assaults against Gen. Robert E. Lee’s forces along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862. The morning attacks by the Union I and XII Corps on the Confederate left flank,...

savasbeatie.com 09/15/2020

The Contrabands of Harpers Ferry - New Blog by Author Alexander Rossino

Outstanding blog on what took place at Harpers Ferry on September 15, 1862:

https://www.savasbeatie.com/savas-beatie-blog/the-contrabands-of-harpers-ferry-new-blog-by-author-alexander-rossino/?fbclid=IwAR1r0jzxNJ2ViMpk9Pfy22UcZijYMjNlcmo5CYXu416yxVxQTHtXAwlHnNU

savasbeatie.com Every so often something in Civil War history hits you like a punch in the gut. Whether it is a particularly visceral description of combat, or a moving letter from a soldiers’ loved one at home, the information in a source can affect you deeply; so deeply that it colors your perspective from that...

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