Lee and the Retreat from Gettysburg at July’s Round Table

On Sunday, July 10 at 3 P.M., at the Williamson County Library in Franklin, the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Lexington, Kentucky author, Kent Masterson Brown, who will speak on “Lee and the Retreat from Gettysburg.”

Much has been written about the Battle of Gettysburg but very little about those dramatic days that followed as General Robert E Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia escaped back to the relative safety of Virginia. Brown’s most recent book, Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign, was released in April of 2005 by the University of North Carolina Press. It is a selection of the History Book Club and Military Book Club and has been awarded the 2005 Bachelder-Coddington Award, the 2005 United States Army Historical Foundation Award for Distinguished Writing in History and the 2005 Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize.

Brown was the creator and first editor of the magazine, The Civil War.  He has written numerous other books on the Civil War including, The Civil War in Kentucky: Battle for the Bluegrass State.  He has served in many capacities including the first chairman of the Gettysburg National Military Park Advisory Commission and first Chairman of the Perryville Battlefield Commission.  He has also produced, written and narrated several historical documentaries such as The Long Road Back to Kentucky and Retreat from Gettysburg.

An attorney, Brown is a 1974 graduate of the Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. He has been given numerous awards for his work in historic preservation as well as Civil War history.