Robert Prosperi, Licensed Battlefield Guide, will lead a virtual tour of Little Round Top and the surrounding area. Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his 20th Maine regiment’s defense of Little Round Top is perhaps one of the most famous confrontations of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War.
Little Round Top is the smaller of two hills south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the position of the far-left flank of the Union Army during the Battle of Gettysburg. On the second day of the battle, Union troops left this strategic ground undefended, leaving the Union line open to attack from Confederate forces. Colonel Chamberlain was ordered to guard this position and quickly understood the strategic significance of the small hill—meaning that his regiment must hold the Union line at all costs. In the last moments, as all seemed lost, Chamberlain ordered a bayonet charge that swung around almost doubling back on its own line and capturing more than 100 soldiers and maintaining the Union defense of the high ground of the battlefield.
This session examines how Colonel Chamberlain, in times of great distress, recognized the power of strategic thinking, made the necessary quick decisions, and preserved the overall goal of the Union Army. Colonel Chamberlain’s own battlefield experiences help us to realize the importance of good leadership, and to examine transactional and transformational leadership styles. This session will include a review of the Union army’s defenses on day two of the battle, a discussion of the history of the battlefield site, and time for questions and discussion with our guide. At the conclusion of the virtual battlefield tour, we will wrap up the session with a lively discussion of the leadership lessons learned from the Colonel Chamberlain and the application of those lessons for managing your health care team.