Posted by: TC Maurice | March 3, 2018

Meeting Announcement

When: March 14th 2018

Where: La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230

Time: 7pm

Speaker: James I. “Bud” Robertson

Topic: Water in the Civil War

 Water;  It is the basic essential of life–so much so that we take it for granted.  But water is more than something we drink.  Especially was this so in the Civil War.  It provided a route of transportation for both sides and a defensive barrier for many battles.  It produced mud that hampered movements and dehydration when it was lacking.  It could be a source for cleanliness, just as it was a source for deadly disease.  In short, it would be impossible to discuss the Civil War without encountering water all along the way
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Fort Donaldson Water Battery on the Cumberland River

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Burnside’s Mud March of 1863

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. 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. 03201701

The Danville, VA, native is the author or editor of more than 40 books, including 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, he is a lecturer of national acclaim.

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

Robertson, a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, was 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’s annotated edition of John B. Jones’s A REBEL WAR CLERK’S DIARY debuted at MOC in Appomattox on September 26, 2015 in two volumes published by the University of Kansas Press. His latest books are AFTER THE CIVIL WAR (National Geographic Society, 2015) and CIVIL WAR ECHOES: VOICES FROM VIRGINIA, 1860 -1891 (Library of Virginia, 2016).

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