April 10, 2013 — The Loss at Gettysburg: A Southern Perspective

David Frey will discuss “A Southerner’s View of the Defeat at Gettysburg.”  His main text for this examination will be the writings of Douglas S. Freeman.  Frey cautions that the ideas he is presenting do not necessarily reflect those of the presenter nor of the Round Table.

Douglas S. Freeman

Douglas S. Freeman

Freeman, as noted historian James M. McPherson has pointed out, portrays “a Lee almost without blemish or warts.”  As such this presentation is imbued with much of what has become known as the Lost Cause mythology.  Nonetheless, it is worth studying Freeman’s work and discussing his point of view to better understand the Confederate point of view on this most crucial of Civil War battles.