Robert E. Lee:
Hero or Traitor?
STEPHEN DILL LEE INSTITUTE PRESENTS
THE ROBERT E. LEE BICENTENNAIL SYMPOSIUM
APRIL 28, 2007
2007 marks the 200th anniversary
of the birth of Robert E. Lee, one of America’s most revered
individuals, once esteemed in the North by his former enemies, as in
the South. But opinions are changing in
this era of Political Correctness. Was Lee a hero whose valour and leadership
were surpassed only by his honour and humanity? Or, as some suggest today,
was he a traitor whose military skill served a bad cause and prolonged
an immoral rebellion against his rightful government?
The Stephen Dill Lee Institute will explore these questions and Lee’s
incomparable legacy in a Bicentennial Symposium on Saturday, April 28,
2007, in Arlington, Virginia, where Lee lived until he departed to join
the Confederacy and later took command of the famed Army of Northern
Virginia, never to return.
To many, Robert E. Lee is a remote figure, a marble icon. To others he
was simply a great battlefield commander. But Lee was much more; his
character shines brightly from the past, illuminating the present. The
Symposium will cover Lee the man, his views on government and liberty,
his humane attitudes toward race and slavery, Lee and the American Union,
Lee as inspired commander and his relationship with the Army, Lee as
a Christian gentleman, and the meaning of Lee for today.
The Stephen Dill Lee Institute was established by the Sons of Confederate
Veterans in 2005 as a forum for historical scholarship in defense of
the cause for which the Confederate soldier fought. The April 28 Robert
E. Lee Bicentennial Symposium will be the premiere event in memory of
this greatest of Americans.
The stellar lineup of speakers includes:
• THOMAS DiLORENZO, author of The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked.
• KENT MASTERSON BROWN, author of Retreat from Gettysburg and The Civil
War in Kentucky.
JOHN J. DWYER, author of The War Between the States: America’s
Uncivil War and R. E. Lee.
• CLYDE WILSON, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of South
Carolina, Dean of the S. D. Lee Institute, and author of many scholarly
and historical works.
• DONALD LIVINGSTON, Professor of Philosophy at Emory University and President
of The Abbeville Institute.
• THOMAS MOORE, author of The Hunt for Confederate Gold.
• ROBERT KRICK, internationally respected scholar and considered
by many as America's greatest historian of the Army of Northern Virginia. Formerly
the historian at Fredericksburg National Battle Field Park, Krick is in heavy
demand as a lecturer on War Between the States topics. Robert Krick will be the
Banquet Speaker at the Stephen D. Lee Seminar.
The Symposium will be held at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington,
VA. The Marriott is conveniently located near Lee sites such as Arlington
House and his boyhood home in Alexandria, Virginia. It is within five
minutes of Reagan National Airport and directly across the Key Bridge
and the Potomac River (walking distance) from Georgetown. A Metro station
is near the hotel for quick and easy travel to the entire Washington,
DC area. Major WBTS battlefields – Manassas, Fredericksburg,
Sharpsburg, and Gettysburg -- are within driving distance. Late April
beautiful weather in the Washington area, so spouses are encouraged
to come with registrants.
Registration cost for the Symposium is $150, which includes luncheon
and banquet. Ample free parking for registrants is available at the
hotel. A discounted cost of $125 for SCV members is offered until February
2007. The Key Bridge Marriott is offering a generous room rate for
registrants of $126 per night. This block of rooms is limited, so register
to ensure your room availability.
There will be only one national Lee Bicentennial event of this stature.
We expect attendees from all over the USA and abroad, and space is
limited. Don’t miss it. Mark Saturday, April 28 on your calendar
and make your plans to attend now.
REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE ONLINE WITH THE S.D. LEE INSTITUTE:
TO OBTAIN A MARRIOTT HOTEL RESERVATION: Call 1-800-228-9290.
OR RESERVE ONLINE VIA THIS LINK: http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/waskb?groupCode=sdisdia&app=resvlink
MEDIA QUERIES? REGISTRANTS WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EVENT? CONTACT
BICENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BRAG BOWLING AT 804.389.3620.