Civil War Era Studies
I walked up the long winding path named for Mary Custis and her family home. As I ascended the steps I stopped to quickly pay my respects to Robert Todd Lincoln. But he wasn't my quarry for the day. As I came to the top of the steps, Robert E. Lee's home hove into view. I've been inside Lee's house a few times. Each time has been interesting, but relatively hollow. Those four walls lack the raw power that the surrounding acres seem to ooze. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "Memory and Meaning: Civil Rights in Lee's Backyard" (2013). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 83.