Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through his Private Letters by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
On May 24, 2007, Ms. Pryor delivered this lecture on her book, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through his Private Letters.
Since his death, researchers have lamented that Robert E. Lee never wrote a memoir. But, as author Elizabeth Brown Pryor revealed during her lecture, this collection contains numerous letters and notes in the hand of Robert E. Lee reflecting on his long career. Pryor, who was granted access to selected portions of the collection found at Burke & Herbert Bank before processing at the museum began, spoke about her recently published book, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through his Private Letters. In her book, Pryor explores the thoughts and actions of Robert E. Lee largely through his own words—some of which were derived from the newly released papers—focusing on Lee’s religious beliefs, his views on slavery, his father, his days at West Point, and his decision to join the South during the Civil War.
(Introduction by Nelson D. Lankford)
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