CONWAY, S.C. – The 2015 Horry County Museum Film Series continues on April 25 with the locally produced film Profiles in American Character: Robert E. Lee. The film is free to the public, and will be presented at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 25th in the McCown Auditorium at the Horry County Museum, which is located at the corner of Main Street and 9th Avenue in Conway.
Robert E. Lee overcame difficult childhood challenges to become the undisputed American military genius of the 19th Century. In 1861, he was considered the most capable officer in the United States Army. In the American Civil War, he was offered command of the principal armies of both the North and the South. When he chose to defend the South, even though his army had fewer troops and resources than his opponents, he defeated one opposing commander after another. In 1865, it was the surrender of his army that brought an end to the Civil War. As president of what would become Washington and Lee University after the war, he was influential in steering the South to reunion and encouraging national reconciliation.
For generations of Americans North and South, he ranked with Abraham Lincoln as the most admired figure of the American Civil War. Despite his extraordinary accomplishments on the field of battle, Robert E. Lee’s legacy as a leading American hero comes not just from his military genius-but mainly from the caliber of his character. As a man of character, he remains a model for America.
The Horry County Museum Film Series is a two-year event sponsored by the Museum and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University (OLLI). It features a historical documentary every quarter in 2014 and 2015. All events are free to the public, and complimentary refreshments will be served at each screening.