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President's MessageSteve Wiley

Happy New Year! We hope 2012 is off to a great start for you and that this year brings you lots of opportunities to lead and succeed.

At this time of year, we seem to spend time creating and reviewing lists: lists of resolutions, list of the trends for the coming year and lists of the "best" from the previous year. In that spirit, I wanted to share with you two lists I found particularly interesting-one identifying 2011's top leaders and a second listing the top books on leadership for the year. Both lists were compiled by The Washington Post.

The first list identifies seven people who have made significant leadership contributions in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. It includes politicians, a university president, a writer and a chemistry professor among others. See the whole list and learn more about these prominent individuals on The Post's website.

The second list features books by leadership gurus such as Jim Collins and Michael Useem and includes a biography of Steve Jobs. There are also book suggestions for ways you can boost joy and engagement at work-one of my favorite topics. You can see what the picks are also on The Post's website.

Perhaps these two lists can help serve as a guide for those of us interested in increasing our own leadership potential as we begin 2012. I know that at least I will have lots of reading material in the new year!

Read on in this month's issue to get an update on the stolen Lincoln sword, a newly discovered letter written by Gen. Robert E. Lee and much more!


Steven B. Wiley, president & founder
The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg


Exclusive Opportunity to Join Lincoln Leadership Institute for a Transformational Journey from Gettysburg

The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg is inviting individuals like you to join us in Gettysburg Feb. 15-17 for an exclusive opportunity to participate in our Transformational Journey from Gettysburg session. The session begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and ends at noon on Friday, Feb. 17. Lodging accommodations are provided at Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel in Taneytown, Md.

Each month, teams from Fortune 100 companies across the nation come to Gettysburg to take part in our Transformational Journey from Gettysburg session where individuals have the opportunity to improve their leadership development skills. The Lincoln Leadership Institute's founder Steven B. Wiley and our faculty present case studies designed to hone leadership skills in a rapidly changing, stressful environment with limited resources and limited information.

Spaces for the Feb. 15-17 session are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Angela Sontheimer, Managing Director, Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, at 717-338-9971 or e-mail angela@gettysburgleadership.com for availability and pricing.

Learn more about our Transformational Journey from Gettysburg session by viewing our YouTube video. Make 2012 the year you develop your full leadership potential.

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NPS Winter Lecture Series Explores 'The War in 1862'

Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War continues this winter at Gettysburg National Military Park. The National Park Service is offering its free winter lecture series beginning Saturday, Jan. 7 and running through Sunday, March 11. This year's series profiles events and individuals that figured prominently in the Civil War in 1862 in addition to key moments and perspectives of the Gettysburg Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg.

Special guest Dr. Allen Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, will offer perspectives on the impact of the Emancipation Proclamation on Saturday, Feb. 18. All programs begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. View a complete schedule of topics and presenters as a PDF file here or visit the park's website.

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Stolen Lincoln Tomb Sword Recovered

In the December issue of News & Notes, we reported the theft of a copper sword brandished by a Civil War artillery figure atop the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in Springfield, Ill. Springfield law enforcement officials recovered the sword last month. Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the sword's removal from the gravesite.

Read more about how the sword was taken in this report from The State Journal-Register.

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Conservators Restore Lincoln-Signed Copy of 13th Amendment

Lincoln signed copy of 13th amendment restored

Photo Courtesy of: Associated Press

A rare 147-year-old copy of the 13th Amendment, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, has been restored by conservators from Maki's Graphic Conservation Co. Conservators spent months carefully treating the document to eliminate puckering and wrinkling of the fragile document while stabilizing the remaining ink visible on the vellum "paper."

Officials with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. plan to put the restored treasure on temporary public display in the museum's exhibit gallery beginning in February.

There are at least 14 duplicate copies of the 13th Amendment signed by Lincoln that exist. Read more about the conservation process of this historical document.

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Homeowners Discover Robert E. Lee Letter in Attic

Lee Letter

Photo Courtesy of: Tom McCormack/Richmond Times-Dispatch

Older homes are full of character, but they sometimes offer hidden surprises. Tom and Dave McCormack discovered a bit of history tucked underneath the attic floorboards of their circa 1790-1810 era home in Petersburg, Va.

The brothers stumbled upon a letter written by Gen. Robert E. Lee to one of the original owners of the home. The letter from Gen. Lee is dated April 29, 1868, written when Lee served as president of Washington College, now Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Va.

Learn more about the McCormack's brush with history in this story from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Lincoln Leadership Institute's Faculty Focus

Gen. James Anderson

The faculty of the Lincoln Leadership Institute are often asked to share their thoughts about Lincoln's acts of leadership, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. In this issue, Lincoln Leadership Institute faculty member Gen. James Anderson reflects on Col. Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine.

When I am studying the Battle of Gettysburg, I am always impressed with Col. Joshua Chamberlain and the men of the 20th Maine Regiment. Occupying the left flank of the Union line during the second day of the battle, they were out of ammunition and were about to be overrun by the attacking Confederate forces. Col. Chamberlain led them in a bayonet charge and routed the attacking forces.

At another time, during my own combat experiences, I recalled what Col. Chamberlain did and he saved my life.

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Lincoln's Acts of Leadership: January 1862

President Abraham Lincoln vowed to preserve the Union even if it meant war, and he did so by exerting his executive authority more than any other president in U.S. history. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we're presenting details of Lincoln's acts of leadership during each month the war raged on.

On Jan. 13, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln exercises his executive authority in a letter to Brig. Gen. Don C. Buell concerning military strategy. In the correspondence, Lincoln states that although his suggestions are not "orders" he asks that they be "respectfully considered" as he outlines his assessment of the war. "We have the greater numbers, and the enemy has the greater facility of concentrating forces upon points of collision." Lincoln recommends applying pressure to the enemy "at different points, at the same time; so that we can safely attack, one, or both, if he makes no change."

On Jan. 20, 1862, Lincoln signs the appointment of E.M. Stanton as U.S. Secretary of War.

Parting Thoughts...

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

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