Wed, April 15, 2020
The Partnership that Almost Won the Civil War: Lee, Jackson, and the Confederate Strategy in the East
The unique relationship between Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson is one mired in legend, controversy, and misconception. These great chieftains' command styles, friendship, and even their faith, formed the Army of Northern Virginia into a fighting machine that almost won the Civil War in the Eastern Theater. On April 15, 2020, at 6:30PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will welcome Dr. Christian Keller of the U.S. Army War College to give a lecture based on his latest book, The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy. Dr. Keller's talk will cut through the folklore surrounding the two leaders and examine why and how their collaboration was contextually one of immense strategic importance for the seceded South. His presentation will challenge how we think about Confederate strategic decision-making and the value of personal relationships among senior leaders responsible for organizational survival.
Dr. Christian B. Keller is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security and Professor of History in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College. Previously, he taught at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, and the University of Jena, Germany. He is the author and coauthor of numerous scholarly articles and books focusing on the ethnic experience in the American Civil War.