HISTORYtalks: Recreating Gen. Lee's Civil War, One Day at a Time by Charles Knight
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Please join us for a Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours Lecture Series! Our next lecture will be: Recreating Gen. Lee's Civil War, One Day at a Time by Charles Knight. Cost is $5 per person. Zoom Login details will be sent with your email registration confirmation.
Douglas S. Freeman's Pulitzer Prize-winning three-volume biography of Robert E. Lee is a masterful reconstruction of the man's life. So exhaustive was Freeman's research that he often boasted he could account for every hour of Lee's life from West Point until his death. Freeman's Lee is thorough, but it isn't THAT thorough. Often neglected in Freeman's Lee and other studies of the general or of his various battles and campaigns, is what Lee was doing when he wasn't in the spotlight. Charles Knight's new From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lee's Civil War Day by Day, 1861-1865 recreates those four years of Lee's life - at least as much as is possible at 150+ years distance. It is often forgotten that in addition to his duties as a general, Lee was still a husband, father, and friend - he lost a daughter, sister, two grandchildren, daughter-in-law, and his home during the war. In this presentation Knight shares some of the results of years of research into Lee's actions during the war years: previously unknown sources, inconsistencies that confused Freeman and dozens of other historians over the years, memorable anecdotes of Lee's daily life, and other historical "nuggets" that came to light in his research.
Charles Knight is native of Richmond, VA, where he developed a love of history at an early age. He has worked at museums and historic sites for more than 20 years, and has given historical presentations to audiences across the country. He is the author of Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market (Savas Beatie, 2010), From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War Day by Day (Savas Beatie, 2021), as well as numerous magazine and journal articles, and was a historical advisor on the 2014 film Field of Lost Shoes. Knight is currently working on a biography of Confederate general and railroad magnate William Mahone. He currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and children.