National Army Museum’s Fall Symposium – Army Leadership: From Washington to Powell

From the creation of the Continental Army to today, the U.S. Army has fostered leadership at all levels.

Throughout U.S. history, Army leaders adapted to field conditions. They maintained a clear vision, built strong organizational cultures, and motivated troops. Some leaders showed skills early and rose through the ranks, while others rose to the occasion. Leaders emerged at every level, often in the face of adversity. They demonstrated an ability to sacrifice, act decisively, and carry out a commander’s vision. Today, effective Army leaders serve as role models and case studies for future generations.

The 2023 Fall Symposium examines over 200 years of Army leaders and leadership. All events are offered for in-person OR virtual attendance.

Schedule of Events:

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Museum Director’s Welcome with Tammy E. Call

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. – “Army Leadership”

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – “The Real Miracle at Valley Forge: George Washington’s Leadership,” with David O. Stewart

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. – “The Secret to Ulysses S. Grant’s Success During the Civil War,” with John Reeves

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch on your own

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. – “Uncommon Valor of the Common Soldier,” with Robert Child

2 – 3 p.m. – “Douglas MacArthur: An Instructive Leader,” with Chris Kolakowski

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. – “The Leadership (and Followership) of Colin Powell,” with Jeffrey Matthews, Ph.D.

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Conclusion

Event Details

Date & Time


National Museum of the United States Army

June 11, 2022

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July 9, 2022

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Virginia Living Museum
August 13, 2022

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Virginia Living Museum