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Published on May 28, 2011
On May 28, 2011, R-MC president Robert R. Lindgren introduced James "Bud" Robertson '55, Ph.D., who delivered an inspirational keynote address to 266 Randolph-Macon College graduates, their families, alumni, faculty and staff during the 2011 Commencement Ceremony at the Frank E. Brown Campus Fountain Plaza.
Robertson is the recipient of every major award given in the Civil War field. His biography of General "Stonewall" Jackson, Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend (Macmillan,1997), won eight national awards and was used as the basis for the mega-movie "Gods and Generals." Robertson served as the chief historical consultant for the film. He has authored or edited more than 20 books, including Civil War! America Becomes One Nation, General A.P. Hill, and Soldiers Blue and Gray.
Robertson is currently the executive director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. According to the university, Robertson's Civil War Era course attracts 300 students per semester and is the largest of its kind in the nation. He is a charter member of Virginia's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, which was created by the General Assembly of Virginia. Born in Danville, Virginia, Robertson earned a bachelor's degree in history from Randolph-Macon College in 1955 and master's and doctoral degrees from Emory University. In 1980, he was awarded the Honorary Degree Doctor of Letters from R-MC. He has also received an honorary degree from Shenandoah University.