A Weekend Warrior Program
August 25-27, 2016
With Len Riedel from Oaks, PA near Valley Forge
Friday, August 25th
Join us at 6 PM at our hotel near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania where we will meet our tour leader BGES Executive Director, Len Riedel. In our opening lecture, Len will discuss the evolution of Continental army leadership, the training of the Continentals and the militia. We will also broach the sensitive and heretofore unanswered question–Was Washington the Right Man for the Times? This is a question that will recur over the following two days as we get genuine examples to analyze and kibitz.
Saturday, August 26th
This morning starts at 8:30 with a visit to the most sacred of American sites–Valley Forge–here in the winter of 1777-1778 the American army was arguably born. Sure the army had many experiences before that however, at a point in which the rebellion could have been frozen in time the experience brought a new and increasingly capable combat arm. We will then examine the singular significant attacks at Trenton and Princeton during the Christmas of 1776/1777. Fighting took place in the streets of Trenton and on the grounds of what is today Princeton University. Lunch is included.
Sunday, August 27th
Start at 8:30 AM. This morning we join the newly revitalized army under Washington as he moves to attack and destroy the British Army under General Clinton and with an important field commander, Lord Cornwallis near Monmouth Court House. We will see how Washington dealt with recalcitrant subordinates such as Charles Lee and how he inspired confidence and loyalty. We will then go into Philadelphia for a Philly Cheese Steak lunch. Afterwards we will visit the sites where America’s founding documents were drafted. As you walk the grounds where this country was founded and then fine tuned you can compare it to what you know of the Civil War and the rights we take for granted today. We will return to the hotel by 4 PM for dismissal. This is a program of substantial importance.
Len Riedel is the Executive Director and Founder of the Blue and Gray Education Society. A retired USAF officer with a masters degree in history, Len plans BGES programming and projects and from time to time elects to lead programs himself which are well received and critically acclaimed. He is the Editor of the National Geographic’s The Civil War: A Travelers Guide (2016) and is the historical consultant for another Nat Geo guide The Revolutionary War: A Travelers Guide which is scheduled for publication in 2019.
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- Catherine Drinker Bowen: Miracle at Philadelphia
- David McCullough: 1776
- Douglas Southall Freeman: Washington
- David Fischer: Washington’s Crossing
- Willard Stern Randall, Benedict Arnold
- Stephen Taaffe, The Philadelphia Campaign 1777-1778
Hampton Inn and Suites, Valley Forge/Oaks
100 Cresson Blvd
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Rooms are $119.00 per night plus tax. Free breakfast included. The room price for our group is good until July 27, 2017, after which the rooms will return to their regular summer rate.
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