Jubal Early and the Molding of Confederate Memory

Here’s Ranger Matt Atkinson kicking off the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2016 Winter Lecture Series with an outstanding lecture on Jubal Early’s postwar career in helping to create the lost cause myth.

The theater was filled to capacity for this lecture, as well it should have been. As you can see by this lecture, Matt is rightly one of the most popular lecturers on the staff.



  1. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Very good, very good. Was shocked that less than 5% of U.C.V. chapters approved Resolutions of Tribute when Longstreet died in 1904. Had never heard that.

  2. Shoshana Bee · · Reply

    Incredible amount of information packed into a thoroughly entertaining program. I find it startling how much of Jubal Early’s dogma and the canon of the Lost Cause has stood the test of time. In fact, a quick glance over my notes is like an abridged edition of almost any CW forum or blog eruption over “Why did the South secede” or “Was slavery the cause…” I should just keep Nolan’s essay pinned to my monitor for a quick reference arsenal regarding The Lost Cause. It seems that history is a very delicate matter that is sometime dictated by who is a better PR man.

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