September 15 – 17

The United States Army defines leadership as “the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improve the organization.” There is little doubt that this skillset was in dire need in the early days of the American Revolution. George Washington remains one the first and most iconic leaders in United States history. Because of his victories, and despite his defeats, our country was able to gain its independence.

The Army Historical Foundation’s latest fall program “The Honor to Command: Army Leadership Battle Ride,” explores the leadership of George Washington, his officers, and his adversaries during a critical point in the American Revolution, as well as the institution created to forge the next generation of leaders, The United States Military Academy at West Point.

Registration for this event is now closed. 

DAY 1 – September 15

Brandywine Battlefield
Outside Philadelphia, PA

The Battle of Brandywine remains the largest battle of the American Revolution, and a battle that could have been one of our most resounding defeats. While the British Army was able to force Washington’s army from the field, Washington’s exemplary leadership preserved the Army to fight another day. Even in defeat, he demonstrated important leadership qualities that apply to leaders in the present day. Join BG Burt Thompson (USA-Ret.), President of The Army Historical Foundation, along with battle ride educators to explore the decision points of leaders on both sides of the battle. That evening, join us for dinner and a lecture by a retired Army leader on lessons learned in combat.
  • 8:00 a.m. – Leave NMUSA
  • 10:30 a.m. – Arrive at Brandywine
  • 1:30 p.m. – Local Lunch Break
  • 2:30 p.m. – Leave Brandywine
  • 5:00 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. – Arrive West Point for Dinner & Hotel Stay

DAY 2 – September 16

United States Military Academy
West Point, NY

During his Presidency, George Washington and many of contemporaries saw the need for an institution devoted to educating future leaders of our nation’s armed forces. Though he did not live to see this institution become a reality, the United States Military Academy was established in 1802 upon the banks of the Hudson river on the site of a critical fortress that defended this area during the American Revolution. This tour delves into the lives and contributions of some of the US Military’s and West Point’s most notable figures laid to rest on this hallowed ground.

Learn more about George Custer, Ed White II, George Goethals, David “Mickey” Marcus, Norman Schwarzkopf, Sylvanus Thayer, and many more.

  • 10:00 a.m. – West Point Museum and Base Tour
  • 12:00 p.m. – Local Lunch Break
  • 1:30 p.m. – Leave for Philadelphia
  • 5:00 p.m. – Dinner on Own in Philadelphia after hotel check-in

DAY 3 – September 17

Museum of the American Revolution
Philadelphia, PA

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, PA is one of the nation’s largest collections of artifacts from the American Revolution, and specifically Washington’s service as General in Chief of the Continental Army. This collection was started nearly a century ago, and contains many items including Washington’s tent and personal effects that accompanied him on the many battlefields of the Revolution. Here, Battle Ride attendees will get private access before the Museum opens to explore the exhibits, as well as lunch and a special program from the Museum staff related to Washington’s Leadership during the American Revolution.
  • 9:00 a.m. – Early Access Tour
  • 10:00 a.m. – Self-Guided Exploration
  • 11:00 a.m. – Washington’s War Tent Film
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lunch and Program with Senior Staff
  • 12:30 p.m. – Leave for NMUSA



You can talk to an AHF Battle Ride expert for more information:
(703) 879 – 0015


You can talk to an AHF Battle Ride expert for more information:
(703) 879 – 0015