Grant and Lee in War and Peace on View October 17, 2008 – March 29, 2009 (N-Y Historical Society)





Casting a dramatic new light on the events that defined a nation, from the conflicts and rivalries of a fast-growing young republic to the fitful efforts at reconstruction after a terrible Civil War, the New-York Historical Society will present the major exhibition Grant and Lee in War and Peace from October 17, 2008 through March 29, 2009.

Organized by the New-York Historical Society in collaboration with the Virginia Historical Society, the exhibitionexplores the most critical decades in American history through the lives of two towering men. By telling the stories of Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), commander of the Union armies and later 18th President of the United States, and of Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), commander of the Confederate forces, the exhibition brings to life not only these two compelling figures but the forces that have shaped America, in their time and our own.

"The major achievement of Grant and Lee in War and Peace is its presentation of these two men as embodiments of the dilemmas of American history—not only the legacy of slavery, secession and war, but also the rise of a powerful centralized government and the balance of military and civilian power," said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. "Visitors are sure to find parallels between the issues they confronted and those we face today."

Grant and Lee in War and Peace is the third in a multi-year series of exhibitions by the New-York Historical Society, exploring concepts of liberty which began with the groundbreaking Slavery in New York (2005–06) and New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War (2006–07). The series will continue in 2009 with a fourth major exhibition, Lincoln and New York.


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