Scholars discuss Southern views of Civil War

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Sons of Confederate Veterans holds its annual Stephen Dill Lee Institute in Charleston, featuring talks by scholars and exploring Southern views on the Civil War.

The institute opens Friday night with David Aiken of the Citadel speaking on the bombardment of Charleston and the burning of Columbia.

On Saturday, there are talks comparing Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson's views on such things as nullification and the economy.

According to the organization's Web site, the goal of the Stephen D. Lee Institute is to organize scholarship to inform members and the public about the Southern side of the war.

Stephen Lee was commander-in-chief of the United Confederate Veterans in the early 1900s.

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