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A UT student will discuss research that shows how Confederate veterans of the Western Theater came to terms with defeat in the Civil War during the next “Conversations and Cocktails” talk, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

Robert Glaze, a graduate student in UT’s Department of History, will speak at the Grill at Highlands Row, 4705 Old Kingston Pike. The UT Humanities Center is sponsoring the event.

Offered in collaboration with the Grill at Highlands Row, the series provides the community an opportunity to interact with guest scholars as they discuss history while enjoying special dinner and appetizer selections.

Dinner reservations are required and seating is limited. A reservation can be made by calling the Grill at Highlands Row at 865-694-1600.

During the April 5 conversation, Glaze will discuss research that reveals a new dimension of how former Confederates remembered their Civil War experience. The Army of Tennessee, the Confederacy’s primary army in the Western Theater, lost nearly every battle in which it fought and went through numerous command changes due to poor leadership. However, following the Civil War, white southerners constructed a mythology called the Lost Cause, which insisted that rebel generals and soldiers were capable, brave, and pious. Former Confederates, through their memories of certain aspects of the Western Theater, were able to reconcile the army’s poor wartime record with the Lost Cause.

Glaze is a doctoral candidate of history and studies topics relating to the American Civil War.

The last “Conversations and Cocktails” talk will feature Mary Campbell, assistant professor of art history. She will present “The Mormon Church’s Polygamous Suffragettes” on May 3.


Joan Murray (865-974-4222,