Category Lee

Decisions at Gettysburg

This book by Matt Spruill details nineteen decisions he identifies as crucial to the outcome of the Gettysburg campaign. The first decision he analyzes is Lee’s decision to begin the campaign and go north. “Essentially, he had four options. He could remain on the defense in Virginia, conduct tactical offensive operations against the Army of […]

Challenges of Command in the Civil War Volume 1: Generals and Generalship

This is the first volume of a two-volume collection of essays and lectures the late Dr. Richard J. Sommers delivered over his illustrious sixty-year career of scholarship. Here we have ten chapters distilling what Dr. Sommers learned over a lifetime of Civil War studies. He explains the setup in his Preface: “Some of these analyses […]

American Rambler Epsiode 132: The Lee Family Digital Archive

Here’s Dr. Colin Woodward telling us about his work at the Lee Family Digital Archive and Stratford Hall. According to the podcast’s description, “In his talk, he discusses what he’s accomplished, the appeals of doing family history, and the pros and cons of digital publishing.” You can access the podcast here.

Lee’s Horse Supply

I posted a link to this article in 2014 [see here] At that time I didn’t include any excerpts, but this time I’m going to have a deeper discussion of what’s included. The article is from Charles W. Ramsdell and is titled, “General Robert E. Lee’s Horse Supply, 1862-1865.” It’s in Volume 35, No. 4, […]

Robert E. Lee in War and Peace with Dr. Don Hopkins

Here’s a video with Dr. Don Hopkins discussing R. E. Lee’s life in the photos taken of him. The video’s description reads, “Dr. Don Hopkins discusses his book which is a photographic biography of Lee. Dr. Hopkins’ book contains all 61 photographs taken of Lee during his lifetime. He also discusses various photographic methods of […]

Remembering Robert E. Lee 2017 with Kenneth Noe, “Weather and Lee’s Cheat Mountain Campaign”

Here’s fellow Hokie, Professor Ken Noe delivering a really great lecture in the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He gives us a different perspective on the war: weather and its effects on campaigns, and especially its effect on Lee’s Cheat Mountain campaign early in the war. Weather seems to have […]

The Battle of Bristoe Station: Lee Renews the Offensive

On Saturday, February 9, 2019 Ranger Matt Atkinson gave a typically outstanding presentation on the battle of Bristoe Station as part of the Gettysburg National Battlefield’s Winter Lecture Series. He began with Lee’s retreat across the Potomac on July 13-14, 1863 after the battle of Gettysburg. The armies eventually moved to their original positions around […]