Facebook, Twitter Campaign to Recall Abe Lincoln’s Civil War Legacy
Four score and seven years ago, there was no such thing as “social media.”
Of course, times have changed. Now, Abraham Lincoln will be over Facebook and Twitter over the next four years. Honestly? Well, not Lincoln himself, but insights about the Civil War and the president’s role in it.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, entrepreneur Steven B. Wiley and the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg are documenting Lincoln's month-by-month actions from the start of the Civil War in 1861 to its conclusion in 1865. The history lesson will be delivered via the institute’s Facebook page, Twitter account and blog.
The Lincoln Leadership Institute will focus on Lincoln’s actions from April 1861 through April 1865, and will provide insights and commentary on those actions from experts on Lincoln and the Civil War.
Wiley and the Lincoln Leadership Institute apply leadership lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg, considered to be the turning point of the Civil War, to the challenges that corporate and government entities face today. Among those who have undergone training at the institute are executives from Apple, Ford, ExxonMobil and Pfizer.
The institute’s headquarters is at the David Wills House on Gettysburg's Lincoln Square; the Wills House is where Lincoln finished writing the Gettysburg Address, considered one of the greatest political speeches in U.S. history.
Wiley is president and founder of the Lincoln Leadership Institute.
The Civil War was the deadliest conflict in U.S. history. More than 3 million men fought in the war, according to PBS.org, and 2 percent of the population – more than 620,000 soldiers – died in it. The Civil War pitted the North against the South in a struggle over slavery, the economy and other divisive issues.
The war erupted following the secession of seven states from the Union to form the Confederate States of America. Lincoln delivered his first inaugural address just a month before the Civil War began.Continued on the next page