Today I was in the presence of greatness. That's how impressed I was with Dr. David Blight. I spent two sessions with him this afternoon and was educated, invigorated, and entertained. He is a tremendous public speaker who has the gift of being intellectually stimulating, engaging, and subtly humorous all at the same time. His plenary address on history and memory was even better than Cokie Roberts' keynote address, and his much more intimate book discussion of Robert Penn Warren's The Legacy of the Civil War was simply the best session I think I've ever attended at a conference. Period. So, obviously David Blight was the absolute highlight of the day today and of the entire trip so far.
I also had my Military History Committee meeting this afternoon. We are already discussing next year's conference, which will be held in Rochester, NY. Tomorrow is the last day and I anticipate a nice Military History Committee breakfast and two very interesting sessions before hitting the road home. I will probably not blog Day Four until Sunday, after I've had a chance to rest and recover a bit.