Who Looks at Lee Must Think of Washington By Robert Tilton

Time Period
1825 to 1860
1861 to 1876
Media Type
Civil War
Military History
Robert Tilton

In his 1866 poem, “Lee in the Capitol,” Herman Melville portrays a dignified Robert E. Lee advocating reconciliation before the Congressional committee on Reconstruction. One of the poet’s most powerful references is his association of Lee with George Washington.

On February 28, 2008, Robert Tilton’s lecture examined Melville’s interpretation of Lee and his role in American history.

Professor Tilton is co-curator of the exhibition Lee and Grant and has taught English and American Studies at the University of Connecticut.

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