Two Important Lee Symposiums

Back in April I mentioned that I will be taking part in a Lee symposium planned for late September through October.  The talks will take place on Wednesday evenings and the speakers include Gary Gallagher, William C. Davis, Robert K. Krick, J. Holt Merchant, and Elizabeth Pryor.  I have been asked, along with historian Bill Bergen, to prepare some remarks on the final evening which will include a roundtable discussion with a few of the speakers and the audience.  There is no website for the event as of yet, but I will supply more information when it becomes available. 

I’ve hinted at a second Lee symposium, but I decided to wait until I could confirm my invitation to participate.  This second conference is being sponsored by the Lee Bicentennial Commission of Charleston, Inc.  They’ve organized at least one event already and are responsible for the 1-day symposium which will take place in Charleston on November 10th at the Citadel.  The symposium, including the list of speakers, is being organized by well-known historian Gordon Rhea.  He has put together a list of heavy-hitters, including Gary Gallagher, Peter Carmichael, James I. Robertson, Joe Glatthaar, William Marvel, and Emory Thomas.  Please don’t ask how I managed to get on this list.  All I can say is that it is an honor and that I am looking forward to the trip.  There is a good chance that the event will be covered by C-SPAN and there are plans to publish the proceedings.   

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Where is the Lee Symposium going to be that you mention first?

Holt is a good speaker, not afraid to give strong opinions either. He was my undergrad advisor “on the hill” for 4 years….

You should be VERY proud to be included with these scholars of both conferences.

Hi John, — Hope the dissertation is coming along. The first symposium is being held at the University of Virginia. It is being organized by the school’s Continuing Education Program.

Kevin, you should be very proud of the work you have done and the impact you are having within the larger ACW historical ecosystem. The work you have done on Mahone and memory showcases the fact that there is still so much more to learn and understand about this period in our history. As I sit here in Richmond this week ( I do plan on visiting Petersburg as well) it strikes me as funny that the man who on at least two occasions saved the Lee from disaster at Petersburg (June 22 and July 30) and gave the Confederacy at least few more months of life became so reviled for his post war political positions that he is almost a historical afterthought. When is the Mahone biography coming out? :)

Regards,
Andy

Andy, — What a nice surprise. Great to hear from you and thanks so much for the kind words. He is definitely a case study of the pitfalls of using history for political advantage. Sounds just like what happened to Kerry in 2004. Enjoy your visit to the Cockade City

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