Published on December 9, 2019

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Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson slipped the bonds of this earth on November 2, 2019, and took his place among the great historians of the ages.  His boundless energy and passion for teaching our nation its history seemed to stem from an unfailing confidence in the greatness of our Country and a continued hope for its future.  He believed that the key to understanding ourselves as a nation could be found in the study of our past and that the lock that fitted the key was the American Civil War.  We knew him as a great historian and author; a courtly, soft-spoken gentleman who was not afraid to use his work to remind us of ourselves and push back against our country’s selective memory; the voice of conscience calling to us from a more courteous time.  The body of work that he has left behind – his books, his lectures, his lessons – will last far beyond the memory of the man himself.  But today, we remember the man . . .  husband, father, teacher, friend. . . .  he will be greatly missed.

Dr. Robertson at Confederate Icons Conference

Dr. Robertson was generous in his support of the Battlefields Foundation, and spoke at many of our events over the years.  His last appearance at an SVBF program was at our special conference, “Confederate Icons: History, Memory, and the Future of Our Past,” which was held on July 28, 2018, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.  His talk, “The Monument War: History vs. Hypocrisy,” was a memorable and stirring opening to the conference.  You can watch Dr. Robertson’s talk on the C-SPAN 3 (American History TV) website by clicking THIS LINK.