Category Lee

Ends of War

This excellent book by Professor Caroline Janney looks at what happened to the men of the Army of Northern Virginia after Robert E. Lee surrendered it at Appomattox. Appomattox was not the end of the war experience for these men. Paroled, they then had to make their way to their homes. Those who were not […]

September Surprise

This book by Dennis Frye is a look at Robert E. Lee’s Maryland campaign. That summer, Lincoln was dealing with the slavery issue. He was a proponent of emancipation followed by voluntary colonization, but financing it would be a challenge. “Relocation costs concerned the president, but even more troubling was the escalating price of the […]

Sacred Trust 2023

The Gettysburg Foundation posted the schedule for this year’s Sacred Trust series of lectures at the Gettysburg National Military Park. It kicks off with a musical program on the evening of June 30. The July 1 schedule is: 9:30 a.m. | “Small but Important Riots: The Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville – Thirty […]

Southern Strategies

This book, edited by Dr. Christian Keller, a historian and professor at the US Army War College, is a compilation of six essays written by Dr. Keller and US Army officers who graduated from the US Army War College. As Dr. Keller writes, “To the editor’s knowledge, no other anthology of essays about the American […]

National Museum of the Civil War Soldier – 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor

Here’s Gordon Rhea giving an excellent presentation at Pamplin Park on the Battle of Cold Harbor. The video’s description reads, “Historian Gordon Rhea discussed the Civil War Battle of Cold Harbor, Confederate Gen. Lee’s last major victory and a bloodbath for the Union army. The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia, hosted […]

Matt Atkinson: Robert E. Lee The Antebellum Years. 2023 Gettysburg Winter Lecture Series

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving, as usual, an outstanding presetation a part of the Gettysburg National Military Park’s Winter Lecture Series. This is about R. E. Lee’s life before the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Matt first describes Lee’s ancestry, including a pretty detailed description of the life of his father Harry ‘Light Horse’ Lee. […]

George Washington Parke Custis

Here’s author Charles Clark giving a presentation on George Washington Parke Custis, who was Robert E. Lee’s father-in-law. The video’s description reads, “Author Charles Clarke talked about George Washington Parke Custis who was raised at Mount Vernon and whose life bridged from the American Revolution to the Civil War. This program was hosted by the […]

Robert E. Lee and the Pursuit of Perfection with Dr. Allen Guelzo

Here’s Dr. Allen C. Guelzo giving a typically excellent presentation at Stratford Hall on R. E. Lee. The video’s description reads, “Robert E. Lee was often characterized as remote and not given to self-revelation. But that was part of a lifetime pattern, cast by the long shadow of his father Light-Horse Harry Lee in which […]

The Heart of Hell

This book by Jeffry D. Wert looks at the fight for the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania Court House. This part of the Civil War saw truly savage combat for an extended amount of time. “For the tens of thousands of Yankees and Rebels who fought at the Mule Shoe salient, the ceaseless nature of the […]

Gettysburg’s Southern Front

Hampton Newsome has a knack for finding parts of the Civil War that have been either ignored or undercovered and then doing a great job of researching and writing compelling narratives about those parts. This wonderful book is no exception. In these pages he discusses actions other authors glossed over when discussing the Gettysburg campaign […]