Announcing Our 514th Meeting “The Four Legged Soldiers”
Presented by James I. Robertson
“The Four Legged Soldiers”
The horse was the basic form of transportation at the time of the Civil War. Some 1.5 million died in that
war, not only from wounds but also from, neglect, abuse, disease, and starvation. I will focus on the plight of
those poor animals, then move to mascots who gave love to regiments and too often gave themselves in the
call of duty.
DATE: Sunday, November 20
Location: Big Spring Country Club
We are once again honored to have our longtime friend and Life Member of our Round Table, James I. ‘Bud’
Robertson Jr. visit us. He is without question one of the preeminent Civil War scholars and lecturers of our time.
So many times in the past he has enlightened our members with informative and entertaining talks. ‘Bud’ has
written and edited over 20 books and countless articles and reviews during his distinguished career. His latest
book is “CIVIL WAR ECHOES--Voices from Virginia 1860 – 1891” . His magnificent
biography of Stonewall Jackson won eight national awards and served as the basis for
the movie ‘Gods and Generals’.
James I. Robertson Jr. is a native of Danville, Virginia and a great grandson of a
Confederate veteran of the Army of Northern Virginia. He received his B.A. and Litt.D.
degrees from Randolph-Macon College and M.A. and PhD degrees from Emory University,
where he studied under famous Civil War historian Bell Wiley. He served as Executive
Director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission working with Presidents Kennedy
and Johnson. He has been honored with several major awards including the 1987 Fletcher
Pratt Award, the 1988 Jefferson Davis Medal and the Freeman-Nevins Award. Bud
continues to speak at seminars and other venues around the country and has finished ‘A
Rebel War Clerk’s Diary: J. B. Jones’ that was recently published.
Dr. Robertson recently retired from being the Alumni Distinguished Professor in History at Virginia Tech. Since
our founding in 1961, Bud Robertson has been a frequent and favorite speaker and we welcome him back once again
for what will be a very special evening.