Grant vs. Lee: The Ultimate Warriors
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
John F. Marszalek, Craig L. Symonds, Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, December 5th, 2017 | 6:30 pm
(Members $32)

Note: This event is sold out



The epic battlefield encounters in Virginia between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee from 1864 to 1865 constitute one the fiercest and bloodiest military rivalries in American history. The contrasting leadership styles of these starkly different commanders—Grant the relentless attacker, and Lee the risk-taking defender, one a plain-born westerner, the other an aristocratic Southerner—have inspired fierce debate for a century and a half.

John F. Marszalek is William L. Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University. Craig L. Symonds is Ernest J. King Chair of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College. Harold Holzer (moderator) is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 50 books on Lincoln and the Civil War Era.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


This program has reached capacity. There will be a standby line the evening of the program. One hour before the program begins, we will begin handing out standby numbers with members receiving priority. Shortly before the program begins, we would begin selling tickets if we are able to do so. Standby does not guarantee admission.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

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