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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:05

Episode 31 - Life Lessons from the Civil War (Part V: The Battle of the Crater)


Episode Description:

This episode continues our Civil War series of what NOT to do. Our goal is not to share dry stories from long-ago history, but to make it real and teach valuable life lessons that can help us today. Episodes 26-29 were about a specific person who failed as a leader; in this episode, we look at a particular battle in the Civil War, one of the most bizarre stories of that conflict. In this story, a bunch of Pennsylvania soldiers who had been coal miners hatched a plot to dig a tunnel and blow up a huge part of the Southern defenses around Petersburg, Virginia. It almost succeeded, and may have ended the war a year early! However, poor leadership and a lack of FOLLOW-THROUGH helped the North snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Take a listen and find out more!

Listen to Episode 31 below.  

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Scott Dreyer

A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.