Civil War Lecture Series Features Presentation on General Robert E. Lee

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 ~ 7 p.m.

What:Civil War Lecture Series Features Presentation on General Robert E. Lee

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 ~ 7 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Room T102, Conable Technology Building ~ One College Rd., Batavia, NY 14020

He commanded the most successful Confederate army during the Civil War. On Wednesday, October 2, 2013 learn more about Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a two-part presentation at Genesee Community College. The talk is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. in Room T102 of the Conable Technology Building on the Batavia campus.

GCC History Professor Derek Maxfield will present the first portion of the lecture, examining Gen. Lee’s early life and war career. Lee was the son of Revolutionary War hero Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee. He graduated from West Point in 1829, but his battlefield experience was limited until the mid-1840s. Prof. Maxfield will detail Gen. Lee’s reputation as one of the finest officers in the U.S. Army.

Following Prof. Maxfield’s talk, Tom Schobert will present a portrayal of Gen. Lee after the war. In character, Schobert will offer General Lee’s reflections on the Civil War, its consequences and meaning. He will also share the General’s post-war career.

The lecture is the latest element in GCC’s Civil War Initiative, exploring different aspects of the historic conflict as the nation marks its 150th anniversary. The Civil War lasted four years from 1861-1865. An exhibit detailing disabilities suffered by soldiers during the war is on display through October 26, 2013 in the Alfred C. O’Connell Library at GCC. “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” was developed by The National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine. The GCC exhibit features additional artifacts collected by Civil War buff and College staff member John Potera.

For more information about GCC’s Civil War Initiative visit the website
or contact Coordinator Derek Maxfield, Assistant Professor of History, at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6288 or

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