Course detail: The Life and Wars of Robert E. Lee

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. 

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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. 

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Course pre-requisites
(required) Osher Membership Fee

 Session Information: OC24325F

Schedule: Every week on Wednesday, starting on 06/26/24 and ending on 07/10/24
Only 8 days left to register!
Times: 06:30pm-08:30pm CDT
In-Person : $50.00


Thank you for registering for this Osher in-person course. The class will meet at KU Leavenworth Campus, TownePlace Suites, 1001 N. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS.


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Ethan Rafuse

Facility Detail

KU Leavenworth Campus, TownPlace Suites
1001 N. 4th St.
Leavenworth, KS 66048

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $5.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 7 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.