The Friends of Preston Library

The Friends of Preston Library 2014 Spring Program

Robert E. Lee in War and Peace
by Don Hopkins

The Friends of Preston Library’s Spring Program will be on Tuesday, 25 March, at 7 p.m. in the Northern Auditorium, Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Don Hopkins, who will give a talk based upon his recently published book, Robert E. Lee in War and Peace: A Photographic History of a Confederate and American Icon. We are co-hosting this program with Washington and Lee University: the Friends of Leyburn Library and Lee Chapel. We have not done this before, but think it will be an enjoyable event to get us together.

Robert E. Lee is well-known as Confederate general, and educator in later life, but most people are exposed to the same handful of images of one of America’s most famous sons. Nearly seven decades have passed since anyone has attempted a serious study of Lee in photographs. Don Hopkins’ painstakingly researched and lavishly illustrated Robert E. Lee in War and Peace, has ended this wait.

William C. Davis, award-winning Civil War author, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, Virginia Tech stated: “This is an iconic revelation. 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.”

Born in the rural South, Donald A. Hopkins has maintained a fascination with Southern history and military history since he was a child. He served in the Vietnam War as battalion surgeon with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, “The Walking Dead,” and was awarded the Purple Heart medal and Bronze Star with “V” for valor. In addition to published papers in the medical field, he has written several Civil War articles and three books including The 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. Dr. Hopkins is a surgeon in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he lives with his wife Cindy and their golden retriever Dixie.

Please join us for a stimulating, educational, and engaging program on General Lee. Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale and signature by the author. Lee Chapel will also host a book signing for Dr. Hopkins from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Museum. A signed book can be pre-ordered by contacting Margaret Samdahl ( or by calling the Lee Chapel Museum Shop (540) 458-8095.

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