Lee and Grant
By the end of the Civil War, most Americans considered either Robert E. Lee or Ulysses S. Grant to be a hero.
Since then, their reputations have risen and fallen, often in direct contrast to each other. Although much has been written about the Civil War careers of both men, few efforts have explored their lives and meaning over an extended period of time. How should we evaluate these two crucial figures in the twenty-first century?
Lee and Grant, an exhibition from the Virginia Historical Society, was originally developed in recognition of the 200thanniversary of the birth of Robert E. Lee. The exhibition encourages museum audiences to explore such questions for themselves by tracing the lives, careers, and historical impact of these two Civil War generals in relationship to each other. Drawing upon a rich assortment of documents, letters, historic photographs, paintings, prints, and other materials from nationally significant collections, Lee and Grant offers a biographical comparison of the two men, providing a rare glimpse into how each man understood himself and his place in the world.
By examining, side by side, how these lives interconnected and converged and how each man’s image came to symbolize different things at different points in history, Lee and Grant lets museum visitors make their own decisions about how to assess the historical significance of these two famous Americans today.
Lee & Grant toured April 2009–October 2011.
This exhibition has completed its tour and is no longer in circulation. This page is for archival reference only.
April 6–May 25, 2009
Kenosha Public Museums
Kenosha, WI booked
June 16–August 11, 2009
Old Red Museum
Dallas, TX booked
September 1–October 20, 2009
Columbus, OH booked
November 10, 2009–January 10, 2010
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
Little Rock, AR booked
January 28–March 16, 2010
Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council
Texarkana, TX booked
April 6–May 25, 2010
Barrington Area Historical Museum
Barrington, IL booked
June 16–August 11, 2010
Bravo Valley Museum of Natural HIstory
Bryan, TX booked
September 1–October 20, 2010
Carthage, MO booked
November 10, 2010–January 10, 2011
Bell County Museum
Belton, TX booked
January 28–March 16, 2011
Saint Mary's College of California
Moraga, CA booked
April 19–October 20, 2011
National Archives Central Plains Region
Kansas City, MO booked
Exhibition Details & Specifications
Dr. William M. S. Rasmussen, Lora M. Robins, Curator of Art, Virginia Historical Society; and Dr. Robert S. Tilton, Department of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Organized ByVirginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA
46 objects, including military equipment, uniform coats, engravings, books, coins, medals, political campaign items, stereoview cards, commemorative items and souvenirs, flags, and contemporary materials, 10 display kiosks, 8 graphic wall banners, 3 I-pod storybooks, 2 tents, 6-10 hands-on interactives, 1 video component.
The maximum out of pocket shipping expense is $1,000. Exhibitor will coordinate with M-AAA registrar for all outgoing transportation arrangements.
Number of Crates/Total Weight
13 crates, 2 bins, 1 tub/2,230 pounds
The exhibition is fully insured by M-AAA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.