I appreciate the recent comments on memory and R.E. Lee as I am working to complete an essay on how the Civil War, and the Confederacy in particular, is taught to high school students around the world. The spectrum is broad and there were a few surprises along the way. Discussing with students how their peers in other countries learn American history helps to bring important interpretive themes into sharper focus and makes it easier to see them as assumptions worth analyzing.
How about one final image. This one is titled “The Christian General” by William A. Maughan. You will be sad to hear that the limited edition print is SOLD OUT. I’ve said it over and over, but it is worth repeating, that you can’t imagine a painting which depicts Grant or Sherman reading from the “Good Book” to an innocent child. I can’t help but wonder what is on Lee’s mind as he stares beyond the pages of the Bible. What do you think?