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Author of Book on All Known Images of Robert E. Lee to Speak at W&L

Author Donald A. Hopkins will speak at Washington and Lee University on his latest book, “Robert E. Lee in War and Peace,” on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

Hopkins’ talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

A book signing will be held for Hopkins on March 25 from 3-5 p.m. in the museum in Lee Chapel. Special Collections will display Lee photographs from the W&L collection outside Northen Auditorium before and after the talk.

Hopkins’ book is the first in seven decades offering every known image of Robert E. Lee (61 in all) including images published for the first time, with extensive commentary on Lee’s life, previously unknown information about these images, antique photography and biographical sketches of all of Lee’s known photographers.

William C. Davis, award-winning Civil War author, said, “In decades of photographic research, I have never seen several of these Lee images. Equally impressive is the background research that Hopkins employs to provide context and enriched meaning to each image. His work deserves to be acclaimed a milestone in Lee biography as well as in the broader field of Civil War photographic history.”

Hopkins, a Mississippi surgeon and lifelong student of the Civil War and Southern history, scoured manuscript repositories and private collections across the country to locate every known Lee image.

In addition to published papers in the medical field, Hopkins has written several Civil War articles and “Little Jeff: A History of the Jeff Davis Legion, Cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia” for which he received the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal.

Hopkins’ appearance is co-sponsored by Lee Chapel, Friends of Leyburn Library and Friends of Preston Library (Virginia Military Institute).