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Lincoln - Lessons in Leadership
Lincoln - Lessons in Leadership

The following information was sent to us by Nadine Mort:


In recognition of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Harold W. Nelson, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired) will be speaking at Sandy Spring Museum on “Lincoln – Lessons in Leadership,” Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11a.m. The lecture is free to the public.


In Lincoln’s message to Congress on July 4, 1861, Lincoln characterized the crises as “a people’s contest.” At the time of that comment, no major Civil War battles had yet been fought. In General Nelson’s lecture on Feb. 11th, he will explore what Lincoln meant by that comment and how Lincoln tried to get “the people” involved without unleashing unlimited violence.  With Marylanders deeply divided in their sentiments towards secession, Nelson will address Lincoln’s focus on the preservation of the Union with the minimum amount of bloodshed and retribution.


Brigadier General Nelson was the Army’s Chief of Military History from 1989 -1994 and taught history and strategy at the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Army Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.  As a practicing historian, Nelson has co-authored battlefield guides to Gettysburg, Antietam, Chancellorsville and the campaign for Atlanta.


General Nelson is part of the 2012 Lecture Series sponsored by the Sandy Spring Museum. The series continues Sat., March 31 with Dr. Kym Rice, Director Museum Studies at George Washington University speaking on her recent project as co-editor of World of a Slave: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States.  On Sat., April 19, Dr. Jeff Nagy will be speaking on “Gold Mining in Montgomery County.”


The Sandy Spring Museum, situated in northeastern Montgomery County, Md., was founded in 1981 as the established community of farms, pastureland and winding roads was undergoing suburban transformation.  The museum’s mission is to invite visitors to understand the past to shape their future, using Sandy Spring’s historical legacy rich in social reform, innovation, education, and cultural achievement as a contextual springboard.   Our award-winning facility supports exhibits, research, education programs, and special events.  The Sandy Spring Museum is a 501 (c) (3) organization.  All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.