H. Alex Wise, president of The American Civil War Center at the Tredegar Gun Foundry in Richmond, Va., will present "General Robert E. Lee: A Study in Character" to the Washington Civil War Round Table meeting at 6 p.m., Monday night, March 26, at The Fitzpatrick Hotel on the Square in Washington. Round Table President Claibourne Darden encouraged the public to attend.
The cost of the meeting is $10 per person and includes dinner. Reservations may be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 404-210-5811 and leaving a message.
Mr. Wise's presentation will deal with what formed the character of General Lee, one of histories' most capable generals, and how this character allowed him to be able to keep his bearings when his world was turning upside down. This will give an insight into the formation of the true greatness of a man. As then-President Abraham Lincoln stated in exasperation, "The South has all the best generals." Mr. Wise will present information on General Lee here-to-before not publicly available.
Before becoming president of The American Civil War Center at Tredegar, Mr. Wise was the Director of the Virginia Department of Historical Resources, the Commonwealth's historical preservation agency. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds Masters Degrees from both George Washington University and Georgetown University and a Law Degree from Washington and Lee University. He has served on the Boards of the Museum of The Confederacy and the Civil War Preservation Trust. Mr. Wise's direct descendant, Henry Wise, was the Governor of Virginia at the outbreak of the War and later was Brigadier General in the Confederate Army.
Membership in the Civil War Round Table is open to everyone, and new members can join at the meeting. Annual dues are $25 for individuals, $35 for a family and $15 for students.