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. 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. He received every teaching award given by Virginia Tech. 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 40 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.
He is the Father of the traditional state song, “Our Great Virginia,” approved by the General Assembly in March, 2015
Robertson is currently completing AFTER THE CIVIL WAR to be published by National Geographic Society in fall 2015. His annotated edition of James B. Jones’s A REBEL WAR CLERK’S DIARY will be published in two volumes in the fall by the University of Kansas Press.
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