If you have ever watched Gods & Generals or read a biography of Stonewall Jackson or A.P. Hill, you are likely familiar with the work of Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson Jr.
A scholar of the Civil War, especially of Virginia’s role in the conflict and in the Shenandoah Valley campaigns, Robertson at the ripe old age of 31 was selected by JFK to lead the federal U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission in 1961. Going on to teach history at Virginia Tech for decades, Dr. Bud was renowned for his classes on the war, which packed in as many as 300 students per session. He also published more than 20 books, edited another 20, penned dozens of well-received papers and consulted on a number of big-budget Civil War films and television shows. Finally, he recorded hundreds of essays for NPR.
Dr. Bud passed away this week, aged 89. He long ago donated his 7,000-volume personal library to VT. The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies is maintaining a tribute page in his honor.
His family requests that those who may have Civil War artifacts in their homes to donate them to VT in Dr. Bud’s honor.