Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause
Petraeus-Hertog Lecture on Leadership
Brig. Gen. Ty Seidule (U.S. Army, Ret.), Gen. David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.)
Thu, February 4, 2021 | 6 pm ET | $20 (Members, $10; Chairman's Council, Free)


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A retired brigadier general and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, Ty Seidule grew up revering Robert E. Lee, fully in step with the myth of the Lost Cause. Through the arc of his life, as well as the culture that formed him, he seeks a path to understanding why the facts of the Civil War have remained buried beneath layers of myth and even outright lies―and how they embody a cultural gulf that separates millions of Americans to this day.

Brigadier General Ty Seidule (U.S. Army, Ret.), author of Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause, is professor emeritus of history at West Point and served in the U.S. Army for 36 years. General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.) (moderator) commanded coalition forces during the Surges in both Iraq and Afghanistan and served as director of the CIA. He is now a partner in the global investment firm KKR and chairman of the KKR Global Institute.


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