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The Real Robert E. Lee

October 14, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Join us for a discussion on Robert E. Lee.

In the last twenty years, Robert E. Lee has been transformed from a respected American hero to one of the most hated men in American history. For decades, Americans both North and South regarded him as the model Southern Christian gentleman, a brilliant general, a patriot who did what he thought was right, and a great educator. Now he is little more than a brutal slave owning traitor who fought to support an evil government.

What happened? And who is the real Robert E. Lee?

Our panel will discuss Lee the man and the various myths and legends about Robert E. Lee.


Brion McClanahan holds a Ph.D in American History from the University of South Carolina and is the President of the Abbeville Institute.

Kent Masterson Brown holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University and was an accomplished attorney in Kentucky. He was the creator and first editor of the magazine, The Civil War. He is the author of several booksand has written numerous articles for scholarly historical journals, and regularly leads Civil War battlefield tours. Mr. Brown is a highly-sought-after speaker and an award winning author, and he lectures on Civil War history all across the nation.

Samuel Mitcham hold a Ph.D in American history from the University of Tennessee and is a retired helicopter pilot and General Officer in the United States Army. He has written over 40 books on World War II and Civil War military history.

Earl J. Starbuck holds a BA in History and Political Science from Carson-Newman University and an MA in History from Liberty University. He is the author of a forthcoming book on Robert E. Lee.


The event begins promptly at 10:00 AM Eastern on October 14, 2022.

10:00-10:05: Introduction of speakers, Brion McClanahan

10:05-10:45: Kent Masterson Brown on the legacy of Robert E. Lee

10:45-10:55: Q&A moderated by Brion McClanahan

10:55-11:00: Break

11:00-11:40: Earl J. Starbuck on Robert E. Lee: Christian

11:40-11:50: Q&A moderated by Brion McClanahan

11:50-1:00: Break

1:00-1:40: Samuel Mitcham on Robert E. Lee vs. General Grant: Who was the better general?

1:40-1:50: Q&A moderated by Brion McClanahan

1:50-2:00: Break

2:00-2:40: Brion McClanahan on Robert E. Lee vs. Twitter Historians

2:40-3:00: Q&A and conclusion

This event is limited to 500 participants. Tickets are limited to one per registrant. You will be provided a Zoom link following the checkout page. Please register immediately after purchasing your ticket.



October 14, 2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm




Brion McClanahan