“The Grand Old Man of the Army: General Winfield Scott’s Unionism and the Secession Crisis” with Dr. Barton A. Myers￼
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for this discussion with Dr. Barton A. Myers, Washington and Lee University. Moderated by ACWM President and CEO, Dr. Rob Havers.
One of the most important, if often overlooked, figures of the late antebellum period is General Winfield Scott, the General in Chief of the U.S. Army. For two decades before the Civil War, he was the most critical figure in the American government. How did his unionism and his views on slavery and abolition impact his decisions during the days of1860 and 1861? Scott’s relationship with James Buchanan, John B. Floyd, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and other notable figures of the sectional crisis will frame a discussion of his personal loyalty.
Barton A. Myers is Professor of History at Washington and Lee University and the author of the awarding winning Executing Daniel Bright: Race, Loyalty, and Guerrilla Violence in a Coastal Carolina Community, 1861-1865 (LSU Press, 2009), Rebels Against the Confederacy: North Carolina’s Unionists (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014), and co-editor with Brian D. McKnight of The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts during the Civil War (LSU Press, 2017). Dr. Myers is a recipient of prestigious grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Marine Corps Historical Center, the Filson Historical Society, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History. He speaks widely to Civil War groups and roundtables around the United States. Dr. Myers’ work has been featured in the national media, including Time, Los Angeles Times, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Smerconish.com, Sirius XM’s “The Michael Smerconish Program”, CSPAN’s “American History TV”, National Public Radio’s Virginia Insight, and the Civil War Monitor. He was featured in the acclaimed HISTORY Channel documentary series GRANT, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and historian Ron Chernow, as well as the HISTORY Channel miniseries event ABRAHAM LINCOLN, featuring President Barack Obama and produced by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Most recently, he served as an expert in the HISTORY series “DARK MARVELS” on the world history of diabolical military technology.