“Lee at 200″: A Few Thoughts

Presented at the University of Virginia’s symposium on Robert E. Lee’s Life and Legacy “This is sacred ground. It is a neutral place, no race, color, religion should be mentioned here.” This is how one person responded to a National Park Service survey which asked visitors to Arlington to assess the relevancy of slavery in…

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I Don’t Get It

Stonewall Jackson’s horse has returned home.  Little Sorrel has returned to VMI’s museum after getting a makeover. Last month conservators gave Little Sorrel a bath and repaired his hide.  It was the first time he’d received a bath in 140 years. Little Sorrel belonged to Stonewall Jackson.  The horse died in 1886, but his hide…

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