Summer History Symposium 2013


Dr. James “Bud” Robertson is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the second Summer History Symposium beginning at 7:30 p.m.  June 27 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

Robertson is the founding executive director for the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies center at Virginia Tech. He was appointed by Pres. John F. Kennedy to serve as the executive director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission in 1961 and, more recently, as a charter member of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

An author of 18 books and editor of more than a dozen others, Robertson is considered the preeminent scholar on Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. He also served as the chief historical consultant for the 2003 film, Gods and Generals as well as collaborating and co-hosting with Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance with 2012’s Summer History Symposium keynote speaker, Professor William C. Davis.

Robertson’s address will focus on Jackson and Robert E. Lee, continuing the Summer History Symposium’s four-year focus on the American Civil War.

Robertson's 950-page tome on Jackson will stand alone for the next 40 years–and perhaps into eternity. It is a superior model of research, writing, and analysis. It is a book every student of the war should read and every chronicler should emulate. Like Stonewall's Shenandoah Valley Campaign, it is a masterpiece for the ages.- Dennis Frye on Dr. Robertson's Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend

Read Frye's full review at

Discount Hotel Rooms
If you are planning on driving in to see Dr. Robertson and would like to stay the night, some rooms have been set aside at a special price at the Holiday Inn Express.  To receive the discount, rooms must be booked before June 12th and you must tell them it is for the Summer History Symposium.