Friday, July 19, 2013 —
Though Robert E. Lee spent 63 percent of his life in military uniform, far too little is known of the man beyond the myth, according to representatives from the Stanly County Historical Society.
The society and the Stanly County Museum will present a program “Robert E. Lee: Not Just a Soldier,” which will be given by Steven A. Campbell at 6:30 p.m. July 30 at Christ Episcopal Church, 428 Pee Dee Ave., Albemarle.
Campbell will share information about Lee’s life gathered from the accounts of his family, his contemporaries and his own hand.
It is assumed that most people are familiar with the Civil War and Lee’s role in that conflict. Campbell will move beyond the generals and battles to discuss Lee the man, the son, brother, husband and father.
Although Lee came to military prominence during the Civil War, there is said to be much that can be learned about his successes as an engineer, executor and educator.
Campbell served in the U.S. military from 1969-1972. In addition to his military service, Campbell had a career in criminal justice spanning more than three decades. Much of this time was with the High Point Police Department, where he served as patrol officer, sergeant and captain. He has a N.C. Department of Justice advanced law enforcement certificate and was a N.C. Department of Justice certified instructor. He developed the N.C. Community College field training officer course and served on the police promotional board of assessors throughout North Carolina.
While in High Point he was a member of the High Point Downtown Improvement Committee and overall officer of police services for the International Home Furnishings Market.
Campbell has served as a consultant to the police department at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. and to the towns of Mt. Gilead and Erwin.
Campbell is historian of Blackmer Lodge No. 127.
His interest in history led him to research and develop a history-based lecture series “The Battlefield and Beyond.”
Campbell has become known throughout the region for his lectures to educational, civic, church and historical groups involving people, places and events of the past.
To register to attend the program “Robert E. Lee: Not Just a Soldier,” call the Stanly County Public Library at (704) 986-3755. Seating is imited.