Protecting Access to the Valentine Statue

On November 14, 2022, Washington and Lee University will seek from the City of Lexington’s Building Code officials a reversal of their earlier ruling against the school’s Lee Chapel dividing wall proposal, a ruling based on heightened life-safety risks to Chapel occupants in case of fire or sudden violent emergency. If the City upholds its…

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University Appeals Official’s Ruling That Chapel Wall Proposal Is Unsafe

After months of rejections, university officials seek to overturn decision in public hearing By Kamron M. Spivey, ‘24 The fight continues as plans to block view of the Recumbent Lee statue from the sanctuary hit another roadblock, perhaps to be settled at a public hearing on November 14, 2022. The Local Board of Building Code Appeals…

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Targeted?

Since the end of America’s Civil War, what is now known as Washington and Lee University has evolved into a nationally renowned institution of undergraduate liberal arts and legal education.  Its namesakes, George Washington and Robert E. Lee, both played critical roles at the intersection of their much-needed support for the predecessor academy and college…

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The Robert E. Lee of Appomattox

Cover Letter for “The Robert E. Lee of Appomattox” Robert E. Lee’s role as reconciler and peacemaker arose amid the distress of his final military defeat, which was formalized in the surrender of his famed Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox in April of 1865.  It is a measure of Lee’s greatness that he made…

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Spirit, Character and Intellect at Washington and Lee

Accompanying the University’s announcement this summer of the limited reopening of Lee Chapel, there was an encouraging note of its promised and varied use during this fall.  Among these is the inaugural Mock Convention – 2024 Kick-Off.  Laura Bush and daughter Barbara will visit the campus and provide a key program to be held in…

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The Vision: Lee and His Chapel

Cover Letter for The Vision:  Lee and his Chapel In many respects Lee Chapel stands as the centerpiece of the legacy that Robert E. Lee left to Washington College, and thence to Washington and Lee University.  The history of its conception, construction, and use during Lee’s presidency of the institution reveals perhaps more clearly than…

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An Assessment of a Washington and Lee University Guide Campus Tour

In a Letter to The Generals Redoubt From An Anonymous Parent Late Summer 2022 I just want you to know about my recent visit to the school.  Several of my children graduated from here and my youngest hopes to also enroll.  I’m trying to steer him elsewhere, but his heart is set on W and…

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The Reopening of the American Mind

Cover Letter for The Reopening of the American Mind The seeds for the emergence of The Generals Redoubt (TGR) were planted in the summer of 2018 through an alumni letter writing campaign triggered by the report of the Commission on Institutional History and Community.  This group was empaneled by President Dudley after the Charlottesville, VA…

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Lee Chapel: Temple of Redemption

Cover Letter for Lee Chapel – Temple of Redemption One of the inspiring aspects of The General Redoubt’s ongoing campaign to preserve the history, values and traditions of the University and its renown for classical liberal arts and legal education is that our content is passed on by our readers to others who often become…

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The Dereliction of Duty

Cover Letter for Dereliction of Duty [T]his institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. Such is the ambition that sustains an undergraduate…

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