Instructor: Ethan Rafuse

No image available Biography: Instructor Ethan S. Rafuse received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. His publications include From the Mountains to the Bay: The War in Virginia, January-May 1862, guides to the Antietam, Manassas, and Petersburg battlefields, and U.S. Presidents During Wartime.

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Robert E. Lee was the son of fabled Revolutionary War general "Light Horse" Harry Lee. In this course, we'll examine how this general's son became one of the most respected officers in the U.S. Army, only to forge a record in the Confederacy that made him one of the most respected commanders in history. We'll look at the great maneuvers that carried him to triumph at Chancellorsville in 1863, and then to complete defeat in 1865. We will consider the factors that shaped Lee's generalship both in victory and defeat, then look at how Lee dealt with the aftermath of defeat in his postwar endeavors. 


Instructor Bio: Ethan S. Rafuse has many published works include Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. He received his doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and teaches military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
June 26, 2024 to July 10, 2024, KU Leavenworth Campus, TownPlace Suites