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Acclaimed Civil War historian Robertson to speak in Kingsport

April 5th, 2014 7:09 pm by Staff Report

Acclaimed Civil War historian Robertson to speak in Kingsport

Dr. James I. 'Bud' Robertson

KINGSPORT — Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson, one of the most distinguished names in Civil War history, will be the next speaker in The Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table's observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Robertson will speak on "The Untold Civil War," based on his popular book of the same name, which was published by the National Geographic Society in 2011.

The program will begin at 7 p.m., Monday in Room 219 of the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Wilcox Drive.

Admission is free.

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 for 44 years at Virginia Tech, where his upper division course on the Civil War era attracted 300 or more students per semester, making 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 a basis for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. 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, Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker than anyone else in the Civil War field.

He holds a doctorate 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 latest book is "The Diary of a Southern Refugee," which was released by Kentucky Press in December 2013.

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