Civil War Scholar to Present “Remembering Robert E. Lee” Address
Lee Chapel & Museum at Washington and Lee University presents noted Civil War historian Dr. James I. Robertson Jr. lecturing on “Remembering Robert E. Lee,” a program commemorating the 141st anniversary of Lee’s death. The talk will be on Monday, Oct. 10, at 12:15 p.m. in Lee Chapel auditorium.
Lee died in Lexington on Oct. 12, 1870.
The title of Robertson’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Lee and the Mobilization of Virginia Forces 1861.” A book signing will be held before the talk at 10:30 a.m. in Lee Chapel Museum Shop. Copies of his books will be available for sale.
Robertson, a native of Virginia, is the author or editor of over 20 books including Civil War!; America Becomes One Nation; General A.P. Hill; Soldiers Blue and Gray; and The Untold Civil War, to be published in October by the National Geographic Society. He is the recipient of every major award given in the field of Civil War history.
Robertson was executive producer of the documentary, “Virginia in the Civil War,” which aired on PBS. Robertson’s biography of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson was the foundation for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. movie Gods and Generals. He appears regularly in Civil War programs on the Arts & Entertainment Network, the History Channel, C-Span and public television.
Robertson was appointed by the Virginia Senate as a charter member of the state’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and serves on its Executive Committee.
Robertson is retired from Virginia Tech after 44 years of teaching and was named the Alumni Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus. Before retirement, he taught the largest Civil War history class in American higher education, with an average 300 students per semester.