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Confederate Generals Uniforms

Cloaked in Mystery: The Curious Case of the Confederate Coat Detail found in Civil War photography sometimes yield big surprises. For Richard Lewis, a lifelong student of Confederate Generals and a uniform enthusiast, a seemingly insignificant detail in a general’s studio portrait led to a five year (and counting) project and two articles in Civil War Times magazine.  This talk takes an illustrated look at the uniform of the generals of the Confederacy and a step by step discovery of a big secret that eluded historians for more than a century. 

Richard Lewis of Richmond, Virginia, is the retired Director of National Media Relations for the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Secretary and board member of Civil War Trails, Inc. He received a Bachelor's Degree in History from Louisiana State University in 1978 and studied under Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War scholar Dr. T. Harry Williams. Richard served as Liaison to the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the Civil War Commission from 2010 to 2015 and is the former Marketing Director at Pamplin Historical Park. He has authored articles in Civil War Times and Hallowed Ground magazines and has appeared multiple times on the History Channel.

Mr. Lewis's presentation was inspired by his discovery that a number of Confederate generals and colonels posed for studio portraits wearing the same uniform coat. His research expanded to include a look at the regulation uniform for Confederate general officers, the many variations that resulted from uniforms being made by private tailors, family members or admirers, the story of how he tracked down the single uniform used in the aforementioned portraits, and discoveries about when and where these images were taken. He describes his approach as "lively and fun for the audience."

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