Civil War historian is next on the agenda for ‘Sundays at Two
, 2014

Civil War historian is next on
the agenda for ‘Sundays at Two’

James I. “Bud” Robertson, alumni distinguished professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, will discuss The Untold Civil War, at the fourth program in the Lancaster Community Library’s “Sundays at Two” on February 10.

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James I. “Bud” Robertson

The program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Community Library at 235 School Street in Kilmarnock. Following his talk, there will be an opportunity for questions, a book signing, and refreshments, said committee member Jackie Ferriter.

During his 44-year-career, Dr. Robertson taught what the university has described as “the nation’s largest Civil War course” to an estimated 22,000 Virginia Tech students, said Ferriter.

He is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including biographies of Gens. Robert E. Lee and A. P. Hill, several works on the common soldiers, and three studies written for young readers, she said. His biography of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, “Gods and Generals.” Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film.

In 1961, Robertson served as executive director of the United States Civil War Centennial Commission, and, 50 years later, as a charter member of the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission, said Ferriter. He was the founding executive director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and, while at Virginia Tech, he compiled one of the nation’s largest collections of Civil War publications.

He has a doctorate from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University.

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