Douglas Southall Freeman (1886-1953)
Historical Highway Marker
South end of Rivermont Bridge
City of Lynchburg
Born in Lynchburg in 1886, Douglas Southall Freeman went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for his biographies on Robert E. Lee and George Washington. Freeman was a prolific writer of Confederate history who also served as editor of the Richmond News Leader from 1915 to 1949.
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"Born at 416 Main Street on 16 May 1886, the son of a Confederate veteran, Douglas Southall Freeman moved with his family to Richmond three years later. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1904 and earned a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1908. Freeman subsequently held several posts as an educator and editor, but he is best known as the editor of the Richmond News Leader (1915-1949) and as the author of Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of Robert E. Lee and George Washington. Freeman died in Richmond on 13 June 1953."