A Military Perspective of the Gettysburg Campaign

May 30 – June 2, 2019

A BGES Civil War Field University Program

Bird’s-eye view of Gettysburg battlefield, showing positions of Union & Confederate armies during the battle. c 1863. John B. Bachelder
Courtesy Library of Congress

BGES is an educational organization, and the enduring leadership laboratories that battlefields generate are studied at the highest levels of the military leadership, business community, and civilian government. From National Defense University, Fort McNair, we have landed a newly retired senior leadership faculty member who is now sharing his lesson plans with the BGES as a member and an education professional. This program is Paul’s first for the BGES and is anchored on his time-proven staff ride that he developed for and delivered for years at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (also at Fort McNair). Join us for an intellectually stimulating, integrated program on the battlefield at Gettysburg. Even if you have been to Gettysburg countless times, this is a program you will want to experience. This is a man who knows much and will now be sharing it with BGES’ members and clients.



Col. (Ret.) Paul M. Severance, Ph.D., recently retired as a member of the faculty at National Defense University. During his 25-year tenure, he served as a professor of strategy and subsequently as a professor of military science in the Department of Defense Strategy and Resources, the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF)). In addition, he served as the course director for the Gettysburg Studies program at the Industrial College/Eisenhower School, director of the year-long War Studies program offered at the Industrial College, and chairman of the Department of Military Strategy and Logistics from 2002 to 2004. Since 1991, Paul has conducted nearly 300 professional-level staff rides of Gettysburg for such diverse groups as War College seminars, Senior ROTC cadets, Partnership-for-Peace delegations, the Royal College of Defence Studies, members of the United States Joint Staff, Naval Special Warfare Groups, international delegations, and members of Congress. He is also an accomplished student of the Antietam Campaign and the Seven Days Battles Campaign around Richmond, Fredericksburg, and the First and second Battles of Manassas. He also conducts staff rides of Normandy, Operation Market-Garden (“A Bridge Too Far”), and the Battle of the Bulge as part of the Industrial College’s Industry Studies program in Europe.