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Robert E. Lee’s “Search for the Battle of Annihilation” at May Harrisburg Civil War Round Table

Did General Robert E. Lee, despite his army’s repeated bloodlettings, further Southern war aims and sustain the Confederate people in their struggle for independence? Was Lee, at the same time, too addicted to the offensive, too bloodthirsty, and too eager to abandon the defense when he should have been concerned about preserving his army? Professor Peter S. Carmichael explores these questions in “The Search for the Battle of Annihilation” at the Friday, May 13 meeting of the Harrisburg Civil War Round. This is the group’s annual Colonel Wilbur S. Nye lecture.
Professor Carmichael serves as the Fluhrer Professor of History and the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. After completing his doctorate at Penn State University under Dr. Gary W. Gallagher, he went on to teach at Western Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and West Virginia University.
Professor Carmichael is the author and editor of four books, including The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion. He has also published a number of articles for both scholarly and popular journals. Every June Professor Carmichael directs the Civil War Institute’s Summer conference, which draws more than 300 attendees from across the country. More recently Professor Carmichael has appeared on the PBS Robert E. Lee documentary for The American Experience series and his lectures have been covered by C-Span. He is currently finishing a book entitled The War for the Common Soldier.
The Harrisburg Civil War Round Table meets at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Camp Hill, PA, Camp Hill Bypass @ Routes 11&15. An informal reception starts at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:45. The cost of dinner is $20.00 and reservations must be made by no later than Tuesday, May 10, by calling 717-938-3706. The program begins at 8:00 PM and is free to the public.
For more information, contact Douglas Gibboney, HCWRT vice president, 717-243-1738.