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Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:05

Episode 35 - Life Lessons from the Civil War (Part IX-Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson)

Episode Description:

One of the key habits in Stephen Covey’s bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is “Practice Synergy.” That is, true greatness occurs when people work together and the sum is greater than the individual parts. One of the finest examples of synergy in the Civil War that I know of was that of Lee and Jackson. Both were brilliant generals and strategists on their own, but when they worked together in 1862-1863, they created a string of brilliant victories for the South including Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. Their victories are all the more remarkable when one realizes they faced Union forces two to four times their size, not to mention the preponderance of Union weapons, resources, and practically everything else. In two of the greatest “What If’s?” of the Civil War, what if Jackson had been given the 10,000 men he asked for right after the Battle of First Manassas. Might he have taken Washington and won the war--and independence--for the South in the first months of the war? And in 1863, had he been alive to work with Lee at Gettysburg, might the South have won there too? It’s mind-boggling to ponder! Take a listen and judge for yourself.

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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.