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HARDTACK and HARD TIMES:One of Nation's Best Civil War Historians, James I. "Bud" Robertson, to Speak in Kingsport.

April 4th, 2014 1:40 pm by Ned Jilton

HARDTACK and HARD TIMES:One of Nation's Best Civil War Historians, James I. "Bud" Robertson, to Speak in Kingsport.

Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson thanks the crowd for a standing ovation during a Civil War conference at Virginia Tech. Photo by Ned Jilton II

The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table (TCCWRT) is bringing in one of the most distinguished names in Civil War written history, Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson, Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, historian and author.His program topic is from his popular book, "THE UNTOLD CIVIL WAR" which was published by the National Geographic Society in 2011.

Folks from the area who watch Blue Ridge Public Television will recognize Dr. Robertson from the Civil War series he helped create and from his appearances on PBS along with William C. Davis, who with Dr. Robertson are the co-founders of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies located at Virginia Tech.

I could try to go on but the biography sent me by the folks at the TCCWRT tells it better.

One of the most distinguished names in Civil War history, Dr. Robertson served as Executive Director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission in the 1960s and worked with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in commemorating the war's 100th anniversary. He then taught 44 years at Virginia Tech, where his upper division course on the Civil War era attracted 300 or more students per semester and made it the largest class of its kind in the nation. At his retirement in 2011, the University named him Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History.

The Danville, VA, native 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. His massive 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.

The recipient of every major award given in Civil War history, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker than anyone else in the Civil War field.

He holds a Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University.

Robertson is a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and is actively engaged in the state's sesquicentennial observances.

His popular book, THE UNTOLD CIVIL WAR was published by the National Geographic Society in October 2011. THE DIARY OF A SOUTHERN REFUGEE is his latest book. It was released by Kentucky Press in December 2013.

The TCCWRT sponsored program will be on Monday, April 07, 2014, beginning at 7:00pm in the Eastman Recreation Center, Room 219.The program is open to the public and attendance is free.

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