Category Lee

Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and Leadership

Here’s Jack Davis speaking at the 2017 Longwood University symposium in Farmville, VA. He’s talking about U.S. Grant and R. E. Lee. The video’s description reads, “William ‘Jack’ Davis compared the upbringings and leadership skills of Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. This talk was part of a day-long seminar […]

Controversy over General Robert E. Lee Monuments

Here’s Ervin Jordan speaking at the 2017 American Civil War Museum Symposium at the Library of Virginia on the controversy surrounding monuments to Robert E. Lee. The video’s description reads, “Ervin Jordan, author of Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia talked about the controversies over the monument in Charlottesville, Virginia, of Confederate General […]

Chipping Away at the Marble

Adam Serwer’s recent article on Robert E. Lee [see here] produced this response from the National Review’s Dan McLaughlin, an attorney who practices securities and commercial litigation, which is undoubtedly a lucrative field, especially since he practices in New York City. McLaughlin starts with a popular view of Reconstruction that could use freshening with current […]

Fighting the Lee Mythology

There has been such a fortress of mythology built up around confederate general Robert E. Lee by the various cults of writers that deified him after the Civil War that it’s difficult to find where the myth ends and the man begins. A number of folks have tried to penetrate this fortress. We’ve considered a […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee Part Two

In this installment we’ll consider the image of Lee that’s come down to us. I’ll use another article by the late historian Thomas Connelly. This one is “The Image and the General: Robert E. Lee in American Historiography” in Civil War History, Vol. XIX, No. 1, March, 1973, pages 50-64. Connelly starts by telling us, “In […]

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part One

This is another long series of occasional posts considering an aspect of Civil War history. In this series, I’m considering Robert E. Lee as a general. The impetus for this is an article in the Sunday, May 21, 2017 issue of the Washington Post criticizing Lee’s generalship with the headline, “The Truth About Robert E. Lee: […]

General Lee’s Headquarters at Gettysburg

Here’s a Civil War Trust tour of the Thompson House, aka “General Lee’s Headquarters” at Gettysburg National Military Park. Garry Adelman and Jim Lighthizer give the tour. Of course, Gen. Lee’s actual headquarters was in the field across the Chambersburg Pike from the house, but there is considerable evidence he took some meals and held […]