3rd Annual Gathering of the Robert E. Lee Fellowship: The Generalship of Robert E. Lee - A Seminar & Tour ~ July 13-15
ROBERT E. LEE - no general in American history has attracted so much attention and adoration. Dwight D. Eisenhower described him as a man "unsullied as I read the pages of our history." Winston Churchill said Lee was "one of the noblest Americans who ever lived, and one of the greatest captains known to the annals of war."
On Thursday evening, July 13, at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House, at our 3rd annual presentation of the Robert E. Lee Fellowship, we will convene to address the topic of The Generalship of Robert E. Lee. After welcoming remarks, Fellowship president Jay Jorgensen will offer a presentation on The Making of a Confederate General.
On Friday, the Master himself – Robert K. “Bob” Krick, the leading authority on Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, will lead our tour on Lee at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. We will depart at 8:30 AM, aboard a luxury air-conditioned coach and travel short distances to sites on the Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville battlefields. This will not be a typical walking tour with its usual tactical/operational mix, and not arduous in any way. Bob will take us to the obvious sites that come to mind when we think of Lee at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, but also to others such as Hazel Grove, not for the climactic artillery duel, but for Lee’s famous exchange with Justus Scheibert about postwar education - and the Episcopal Church downtown that Lee visited repeatedly during the war, and again in 1869 as the representative of Rockbridge County Episcopalians, at a church convention (during which he stayed right across the street). Any of you who have ever been on a tour designed and led by Bob Krick will know that to refer to him as “The Master” is fully warranted. His commentary is always insightful, revealing and delivered in magnificently artful language. And Bob’s tours always run on time!
We will arrive back at our hotel at 4:30 PM and then gather later for dinner followed by a talk on Lee's Staff: Inadequate or Indispensable by James I. “Bud” Robertson, the dean of American Civil War historians.
On Saturday morning, we’ll hear talks by Richard M. McMurry on Jeff Davis, R. E. Lee and Joe Johnston: The Making of Confederate Strategy, Stephen Lee Ritchie on Promotion by Attrition: Uncertainty at Gettysburg, and Juanita Gibson on It Takes a Lady to Make a Gentleman: The Woman Who Made Robert E. Lee. Then, after lunch, we'll board our bus and head to Lee's birthplace - Stratford Hall - where we'll take a tour of The Great Hall. Then we'll drive the short distance to Oak Grove to the home of Bud and Betty Robertson on the banks of the Potomac River. In 2015, during our Lee Fellowship gathering, the Robertsons hosted us at a reception in their home, which proved to be the most memorable part of a 3 day unforgettable adventure. And they have invited us back! We’ll be able to stroll about the house, and see Bud’s study and get an idea of how he does his historical research and keeps his files. And judging on the 2015 reception, we’ll not want for delicious snacks and goodies to nibble on, and a full bar from which to partake. Bud and Betty are a very generous and engaging couple – and it will be a special treat to enjoy their home and hospitality again. We will arrive back at our Fredericksburg hotel at 5:00 PM.
We hope you’ll join us for another exciting and informative gathering of the ROBERT E. LEE FELLOWSHIP.
Registration Fee: $395
What is Included in Your Registration:
- the services of expert historians chosen for their knowledge and experience
- deluxe transportation
- Friday & Saturday lunches * Friday dinner
- Saturday afternoon reception at Robertson home
Base Location & Lodging: We will be based at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22404 where we have reserved a block of rooms at the special nightly rate of $99.00. Hotel guests will receive up to two breakfast tickets per room per night. To reserve a room under our block, call 540-786-8321 and identify youself as a registrant for the Civil War Education Association (CWEA) program. Please reserve your rooms as soon as possible - hotel rooms are at a premium in Fredericksburg that weekend.
Thursday, July 13
7:30 PM – 7:45 PM Welcome - at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House
7:45 PM-8:30 PM The Making of a Confededate General - Jay Jorgensen
Friday, July 14
8:30 AM Bus Departs from hotel and Begin Tour
4:30 PM Arrive back at hotel
6:30 PM Group Dinner at hotel
7:30 PM - 8:15 PM Lee's Staff: Inadequate or Indispensable - James I. "Bud" Robertson
Saturday, July 15
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM Jeff Davis, R. E. Lee and Joe Johnston: The Making of Confederate Strategy - Richard M. McMurry
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Promotion by Attrition: Uncertainty at Gettysburg - Stephen Lee Ritchie
10:45 AM-11:45 AM It Takes a Lady to Make a Gentleman: The Woman Who Made Robert E. Lee – Juanita Gibson
12:00 N - 1:00 PM Lunch at Hotel
1:00 PM Depart for Stratford Hall
1:45 PM Tour Great Hall
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Visit & Reception at the Robertson home.
5:00 PM Arrive Back at hotel
We will be based at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center, 2801 Plank Road (Route 3), Fredericksburg, VA 22401 where we have reserved a block of rooms for our attendees at the special nightly rate of $99.00 Single or Double Occupancy. This rate includes up to two breakfast tickets per room per night. To reserve a room under our block call 540-786-8321 and identify yourself as a registrant for the Civil War Education Association (CWEA) program.