Current Business – Nomination of Professor James I. Robertson
I have the packet assembled to nominate Professor James I Robertson for an honorary membership. He is not eligible for regular membership. His resume is attached and is very impressive. He received the 1997 Douglas Southall Freeman Award for his definitive biography of Stonewall Jackson. I would like to use an electronic ballot to approve the nomination before Staunton. An electronic ballot is authorized but has never been used. I would like the test the process on a non-emergency matter to ensure that it is operational. Also, if the nomination is approved, we can deliver the award in Staunton in April. Professor Robertson lives near Fredericksburg.
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VITA/BIO – Dr. James I. (Bud) Robertson, Jr
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, he was named Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History by the University.
Robertson is also a former member of the Board of Trustees at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and is actively engaged in the state’s sesquicentennial observances.
Dr. Robertson served as a Second Lieutenant during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1954. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University. Dr. Robertson is the founding executive director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies Research and Education Center.
A native of Danville, Virginia, he is the author of more than 18 books and the editor of 18 books, including biographies of Generals 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 basis for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, “Gods and Generals.” Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film and is considered to be the pre-eminent scholar on General Jackson.
In 1997, The Military Order of the Stars and Bars awarded the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award to Professor Robertson for Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend. The Douglas Southall Freeman History Award is limited to the best published book of high merit in the field of Southern history beginning with the colonial period to the present time.
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. Since 2000, Dr Robertson has sponsored The Robertson Prize given to the author of the best original work of published scholarship in the field of Confederate history.
His writings include:
- The Stonewall Brigade (1963)
- General A.P. Hill (1987)
- Soldiers, Blue and Gray (1988)
- Civil War! America Becomes One Nation (1992)
- Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend (1997)
His latest book is The Untold Civil War, published by the National Geographic Society.
Video interview of Dr. Robertson.
(Extended version of the above video)