“Un-Cancel Robert E. Lee” Offer to Major Supporters

We are excited about this month’s publication of “Un-Cancel Robert E. Lee: An Open Letter to the Trustees of Washington and Lee University” by TGR board member Gib Kerr. The book is a long-overdue defense of Lee, a critique of the toxic cancel culture that has consumed higher education, and a call for Lee to…

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Dear Friends of Washington and Lee University and The Generals Redoubt

“Two, Four, Six, Eight, America was Never Great!” “We are Hamas!” “From the River to the Sea!” Visit many college campuses these days and the air will be ringing with these chants from our next generation of leaders (as well as some well-placed outside agitators). These increasingly aggressive protests are a direct result of the…

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2023-24 Annual Fund Letter

Dear Friends, Greetings from The Generals Redoubt. We hope this message finds you well, in good health, and enjoying the splendors of Springtime! As we reflect on the past year, The Generals Redoubt is filled with gratitude for your continued support of our mission to advance the unique history and traditions of Washington and Lee…

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The Toxicity of Cancel Culture

Cancel culture is all about tearing things down. It is inherently destructive. It builds nothing. It creates nothing. It only destroys. Like the Vandals who destroyed Rome, cancel culture is destroying American culture. Systematically, it seeks to target and eliminate America’s heroes. It rages against symbols of our cherished traditions, urging its hateful mobs to…

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Sink or Swim? The University no longer adequately prepares students for life.

By John Lane, ‘74 Washington and Lee University has dropped its mandatory swim test for students beginning with the class of 2027. The university’s much ballyhooed $22.4 million natatorium opened in 2017. Among other features, it offers “wet classrooms.” Do you hear the loud clanging of cognitive dissonance yet?  The university offers state-of-the-art aquatic facilities without…

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With Gratitude for a Truth-Seeking Perspective On Presentism

American culture has been riven in the past decade or two with a destructive practice, often called Cancel Culture.  It embraces the erasure of institutions and individuals for failing to embrace what has come to be known as woke ideology and its companion theory of identity synthesis.  A widespread aspect of it is found in…

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On George Washington’s Birthday

In early June of 2021, the Board of Trustees of Washington and Lee University announced its plan to retain the name of the university.  At the same time, it took a number of other steps.  Among these was to discontinue Founders’ Day.  For the past three years, The Generals Redoubt has sought to keep the tradition alive.  This year…

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It’s Not Too Late To Save W&L

The Generals Redoubt is pleased to share the insightful letter below from one of our board members. Judith Conlin provides an interesting perspective as both a W&L parent and an alumna of Harvard. She has witnessed first-hand the dramatic changes at both universities in recent years and holds out hope that W&L may avoid many…

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Founders’ Day:  Back By Popular Demand

W&L’s leadership made the regrettable decision in 2021 to “discontinue” Founders’ Day, for reasons they never made clear.  Without George Washington and Robert E. Lee, W&L would not exist and would never have produced generations of virtuous and honorable alumni.  Lee and Washington deserve to be remembered and honored not only for their contributions to…

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Not too Late for Year-end Gift

Dear Friend,  There is much to celebrate this holiday season!  This month has been record-breaking in terms of fundraising and friend-raising for The Generals Redoubt, and there’s still time to join our cause!    Our recent panel on DEI Policies in Education, featuring Carol M. Swain, PhD. and Marc Lamont Hill, is evidence of what…

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