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2017 Robert E. Lee Symposium

November 3, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - November 4, 2017 @ 11:30 am

The Mexican War & Robert E. Lee with Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, Professor of History Gettysburg College

November 3 & 4, 2017

Friday evening 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday 8: 00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Friday only $150; Saturday only $130; Both days $240. Cost includes program and meals.


What is the Lee Symposium?

The Robert E. Lee Symposium is an annual program that explores the life and career of Robert E. Lee.  Topics will vary from year to year; however, all topics share the same goal of revealing aspects and intricacies of the life and legend of this iconic American personage.  Noted scholars and authors will be sharing research and analyses with attendees. Registrants have the opportunity to listen and learn from the finest Civil War historians as they examine primary documents, participate in discussions, and listen to in-depth lectures.


Why the Mexican War and Robert E. Lee?

“Lee was eager to participate. For one thing, wartime was going to be the only direct road to promotion for an officer still mired at the rank of captain. He would also find himself serving as a staffer for one of the great commanders in American military history — the 19th century’s equivalent of Eisenhower or MacArthur or Schwartzkopf — Winfield Scott, and Lee would quickly establish of deep mutual regard with Scott. Lastly, Lee would overcome whatever hesitations he had about the intentions of the war and become an advocate for annexation of Mexico which would become the proving ground for Lee as an officer.”

–Allen C. Guelzo

About the speaker:

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Among other honors, he has received the Medal of Honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution. He is a member of the National Council on the Humanities and is the author of numerous books on American intellectual history, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War era. His publication awards include the Lincoln Prize, as well as the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for two of his books—Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America—making him the first double Lincoln laureate in the history of both prizes. His critically acclaimed book, Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. Professor Guelzo has written for The American Historical Review, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, C-SPAN’s Booknotes, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.


Friday, November 3, 2017

5:00 pm – 9:30 pm; cocktails, dinner at the Stratford Hall Dining Room and lecture with Dr. Allen Guelzo

Lecture: “Our Eagle Rules the Aztec Sky’: What the Mexican War Taught Robert E. Lee”


Saturday, November 4, 2017

8:00 am – 11:30 am, Breakfast at the Stratford Hall Dining Room and Lecture with Dr. Allen Guelzo

Lecture: To the Halls of Montezuma? Robert E. Lee and the Anxieties of Manifest Destiny”

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Ann Marie Ackermann, JD will be in the Gift Shop signing copies of her book, Death of an Assassin: The True Story of the German Murderer Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee.



Friday only $150.00  (includes dinner, seminar booklet and lecture; cash bar not included)

Saturday only $130.00 (includes breakfast, seminar booklet and lecture)

Friday and Saturday  $240.00


For details and registration contact:

Jon Bachman  804-493-1972  Jbachman@stratfordhall.org

2017 REGISTRATION FORM   can be printed out and mailed to Jon Bachman at the address on the form.



Lodging is the responsibility of the attendee.  For lodging at Stratford Hall, please contact 804-493-1966.


Selected Bibliography:

David A. Clary, Eagles and Empire: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle for a Continent (2006)

John S.D. Eisenhower, So Far From God: The U.S. War With Mexico, 1846-1848 (1989)

Jack Bauer, The Mexican War, 1846-1848 (1974)

Martin Dugard, The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848 (2008)

Timothy D. Johnson, A Gallant Little Army: The Mexico City Campaign (2007)

Richard Winders, Mr. Polk’s Army: The American Military Experience in the Mexican War (1997)





November 3, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
November 4, 2017 @ 11:30 am

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