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Robert E. Lee and the Calhoun Literary Society

Written By: Phillip Stone - Jan• 21•16

I like to share interesting documents from time to time, and this one came up recently.

As many of you know, the college had two literary societies that got their start before the Civil War.  One, the Calhoun, started in 1854; the other, the Preston, in 1858.

These societies were debating clubs, meeting weekly, and they are responsible for our oldest library collections, our student publications, and the beginning of our art collection.

Sometimes, the societies elected honorary members.  And so, this letter from one noteworthy southerner is in the collection.


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