Sunday, October 31, 2010

No Lengthy, Thoughtful Deliberation. Just Decisive Action...From Paris

There he stood, alone on the mountain.  He must have been breathing expletives, as he could see the field unfolding badly below, a direct result of Sickles poor leadership and poor decisions .

He could see enemy troops approaching in the distance.  They would be at the base of Little Round Top in 10 minutes.  Whoever held the mountain, would take control of the war.

It was a turning point moment.

He had to get a message to Meade and he had 10 minutes to do it.  No lengthy, thoughtful deliberation.  Just decisive action.

He did it. 



  1. We can relate to the 1st of July, on the 2nd of November. Sickles was a politician who thought he was smarter than anyone else -- with disastrous results. He took his troop to a vulnerable position where they suffered greatly and nearly lost that entire battle. Then again Sickles was a politician first and never a leader.

  2. Thank you for your thoughtful comment John E.