"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great test remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln. 19 November 1863


Like Normandy or Iwo Jima, the name alone evokes emotion, and an innate sense of the enormity of this tragic and pivotal event in human history.

Come with us and as we learn lessons of leadership, performance, and devotion from those people who were embroiled in this ultimate crucible. They found the answers and learned the brutally honest lessons the hard way. Those former opponents worked as one to preserve their battlefield so that we would come learn those precious lessons the easy way, then turn them into action.

At Trident Leadership, it is not our job to lecture, nor to lead tours. Our mission is to reveal those gems of real leadership value and help you turn them into action. And we're good at it.

Contact us today for more details. Let's talk!

TeamTrident Instructors

Jay Holmes

Jay is a combat decorated Marine Corps officer and veteran of Vietnam, and a former instructor at the Marine Corps Schools at Quantico. He retired as Chief Executive of a commercial finance corporation and is on the Board of the Marine Corps Association. He has traveled to battlefields around the world, led Gettysburg battlefield staff rides for over 20 years, and has taken numerous teams across the European continent. When not traveling, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Steven McCloud

Steve is the founder of Trident Leadership, and author of "Black Dragon: the Experience of a Marine Rifle Company Named 2-F-23." The former corporate trainer has also led tours to historic battlefields from Iwo Jima to Normandy, lauded by legendary Head of the Marine Corps History and Museums Division and Navy Cross recipient Colonel John Ripley, USMC (Ret) as "...far and away the very best historian/guide I have seen on any tour. Light years beyond the average." Steve has conducted hundreds of battlefield staff rides with corporate teams, and is a lecturer for the Marine Corps.