Elizabeth Brown Pryor
"Cutting Edge--What We Now Know about Robert E. Lee's
Decision to Side with the South"
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Reception at 6pm followed by the dinner at 7pm
Meeting and Speaker will start at 8pm at the
Willow Oaks Country Club, 6228 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23225
Elizabeth Brown Pryor is a former senior diplomat with the American
Foreign Service and an award-winning historian. She is the author of
two books about the Civil War era, Clara Barton: Professional Angel
(1988), and Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through His
Private Letters (2007). She holds a BA in History from Northwestern and
an MA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
After completing five years as an historian with the National Park
Service, she entered the U.S. Foreign Service and served in a number of
American embassies. She played a key role in negotiating the Treaty on
Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and subsequently served as Director
for Arms Control on the National Security Council. In addition to her
postings to established embassies, Elizabeth was also part of the small
American contingent that served in bombed-out Sarajevo at the conclusion
of the war in Bosnia. Before concluding her career in the Foreign
Service, she was the Senior Adviser to the Commission on Security and
Cooperation of the U.S. Congress.
She has been provided unique access to a treasure trove of Robert E.
Lee's correspondence discovered in 2002 that forms the basis for her
book and for tonight's discussion of the wrenching choices faced by the
great American soldier upon Virginia's secession from the Union.
Last Meeting Attendance: October 2011 = 96
A Word from Our President
Welcome all RCWRT members to our annual holiday gathering. We have a
grand national speaker about Robert E. Lee and a wonderful buffet
planned for next Tuesday. It will be a chance to socialize with your
fellow members and guests. The officers all wish you a most Happy
Holiday and Thanksgiving. See you there.
David Whitehead, Pres. RCWRT
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