I will discuss my day on the Petersburg-Richmond battlefields yesterday at some point soon, but for now I want to encourage those of you in the Richmond area to see the Lee and Grant exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society. It has got to be one of the most visually stimulating Civil War exhibits that I’ve seen in some time. The narrative takes Lee and Grant from their antebellum years through the Civil War and into the postwar years and reconciliation. The text is informative and places the various images and artifacts, including their uniforms, in their proper context.
After closing at the VHS on March 31, 2008, Lee and Grant
travels to the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis (May 17,
2008–September 7, 2008); the New-York Historical Society in New York
City (October 17, 2008–March 29, 2009); the Museum of Southern History
in Houston (May 23, 2009–September 20, 2009); and the Atlanta History
Center (November 7, 2009–February 28, 2010).
Do yourself a favor and see it before it leaves the VHS and if you are in any of these other areas set aside a few hours to see it. I would also encourage purchasing the exhibit book.