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We look forward to welcoming you to Blacksburg for Virginia Tech's 29th annual Civil War Weekend.

This year's event commemorates the remarkable life and career of Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson Jr., who passed away on November 2, 2019. "Dr. Bud," as he was fondly known by generations of Virginia Tech students, founded the annual Civil War Weekend, created the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, and earned for Virginia Tech its reputation as a leading home of Civil War history. He is, quite simply, irreplaceable. We will miss him dearly.

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The speakers this year include Dr. Robertson's former students, close friends, and longstanding professional collaborators. They'll reflect on various aspects of Dr. Robertson's career, commemorating this beloved teacher, spellbinding lecturer, accomplished scholar, and gracious friend. As with every Civil War Weekend, we'll learn new insights into Civil War history, guided by some of the finest historians in the field. This year we'll do so with a special focus on honoring Dr. Robertson and his legacy.

You can also join us for an optional two-night field trip to the Harpers Ferry-Antietam region. In the capable hands of Dennis Frye, a retired National Park Service historian and pioneer in the battlefield preservation movement, we'll take an in-depth look at the battle of Antietam, a key turning point that paved the way for Lincoln's preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. We'll also explore the fascinating town of Harpers Ferry, the site of John Brown's storied assault on slavery in 1859 and a strategic hub during the war itself.

Whether or not you knew Dr. Robertson personally—whether you heard him lecture, or took his class, or only encountered him through his books—we invite you to join us in Blacksburg as we celebrate his extraordinary contributions to Virginia Tech and to the world of Civil War history.

With best wishes,
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Photo of Paul Quigley Paul Quigley
James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies
Director, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies


For More Information Contact:

Leland Shelton
Program Manager, Continuing and Professional Education
(540) 231-9617
Email: leshelt2@vt.edu



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