Wednesday, August 3, 2016

“Failed Legacy: How and why Robert E. Lee was unable to live up to the example of George Washington and “Light Horse” Harry Lee.”

Reenactor at Fort Necessity : Courtesy Phoyo

The Friends of Fort Necessity 2016 Lecture Series concludes Saturday, August 13, with a presentation by Park Ranger David Harkleroad.   The presentation is titled “Failed Legacy: How and why Robert E. Lee was unable to live up to the example of George Washington and “Light Horse” Harry Lee.” The talk will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center of Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

While it may seem initially odd to draw parallels between three figures whose lives and times seem so distinct and divergent from one another, there are a number of strong connections between the beloved leader of the Confederate army and these two heroes of the Revolution.

Harkleroad will discuss how Robert E. Lee’s actions during the American Civil War ultimately failed to emulate both his own father and his personal role model in both literal and ideological terms.  He will examine the connections between these three well known figures and show how perceptions of the Civil War relate to the Revolutionary period of American history.

Staff Sergeant David Harkleroad is a native of Kittanning, Pennsylvania.  He has served as an infantryman in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for over 14 years, including two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan.

He is in the process of transferring to the Army Reserve to serve in a Public Affairs Military History Detachment where he will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Harkleroad received his bachelor’s degree in History from Indiana University Pennsylvania and earned a Masters of Liberal Arts in History from Duquesne University with a focus on historical research in the early American period.  He has worked in the public history field since 2008, beginning as an intern at Bushy Run Battlefield State Historic Site.  He is in his sixth season as an Interpretive Park Ranger with the National Park Service at Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Friendship Hill National Historic Site.

The Lecture Series is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Necessity, and is free to the public. For more information on this and other programs at Fort Necessity, please call (724) 329-5512 or visit Fort Necessity is located 11 miles east of Uniontown on Route 40, the National Road.  A park entrance fee of $5 per adult covers all park activities.  Children 15 and under are free.

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