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Lesson 1: Leaders Organize Chaos

John Buford - July 1

John Buford
John Buford (seated) and aides c. 1863. (Library of Congress)

General John Buford commanded the Union cavalry that formed the first line of defense at Gettysburg.  Facing an unexpectedly large assault on the morning of July 1, Buford organized a stubborn defense of Seminary Ridge that bought time for the rest of the Union army to arrive on the field.  His ability to master changing circumstances turned what could have been a chaotic rout into a valiant and efficient delaying action.

Questions to Consider:

When things are confused and disorienting, what factors begin to create sense of order?

What can you know or find out about situations in order to gain an advantage?

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