Here’s Professor Gary Gallagher dispelling myths about Robert E. Lee.
From the video’s description: “Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including ‘The Confederate War’ (Harvard, 1997), ‘Lee and His Generals in War and Memory’ (LSU, 1998), ‘Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War’ (UNC, 2008), ‘The Union War’ (Harvard, 2011), and ‘Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty’ (Georgia, 2013). He serves as editor of two book series at the University of North Carolina Press (‘Civil War America,’ with more than 100 titles date, and ‘Military Campaigns of the Civil War,’ with 10 titles) and has participated in more than forty television projects in the field. Professor Gallagher was the Times-Mirror Foundation Distinguished Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California, in 2001-2002, recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2010-2012 (the highest teaching award conveyed by the University of Virginia), and the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in 2013. Active in the field of historic preservation, he was president from 1987 to mid-1994 of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (an organization with a membership of more than 12,500 representing all 50 states). He also served as a member of the Board of the Civil War Trust and has given testimony about preservation before Congressional committees on several occasions.
He delivered this lecture at Washington & Lee University.