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.