James I. “Bud” Robertson
“Water: The Forgotten Element of the Civil War.”
We are welcoming back Bud Robertson as our speaker for the November meeting. Few people, if any, know as much about the American Civil War as James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr. Robertson feels strongly about his subject. “We can see parallels today to the years leading up to the Civil War,” In light of current events, collapse of compromise in America is a timely subject. “The two sides in Congress aren’t listening to one another, and so there is polarization and paralysis. That was very much the case in the 1840s and 1850s – every year, the rhetoric got turned up a notch.” “Eventually, a momentum built up for war that could not be stopped. Fort Sumter was an unfinished facility with 75 Union soldiers stationed there, not a threat to anybody. The firing on the fort wasn’t really what started the war, only the fuse that lit the bonfire of discontent that had already been built.”
A professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, Robertson was named by President John F. Kennedy to head up the Civil War Centennial Committee in 1961; he now is a major player in the Sesquicentennial observance. I wouldn’t “bet against him resurfacing in 2061.” “Virginia has taken the lead in this (the Sesquicentennial),” Robertson said. “Our emphasis is going to be on local history. We’re taking that history to the people in a big way, using a 53-foot tractor trailer packed with Civil War artifacts and information.” Already, this behemoth has rumbled from Tidewater to Southwest Virginia to Manassas and back, matching its visits to where the war had progressed in the 1860s.
A former college football referee, Robertson is a firm believer in examining both sides of every issue. Although he is a southerner with ancestral roots to the conflict (all on the Confederate side), he has learned to view the war in all its complexity. “I believe in discussions and debate,” he said. “I don’t believe in arguments.” Especially when cannons become involved.
Robertson is the author or editor of more than 20 books that include such award-winning studies as Civil War! America Becomes One Nation, General A.P. Hill, and Soldiers Blue and Gray. His massive biography of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, “Gods and Generals”. Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film. In recent years, his historical commentaries on National Public Radio made him something of a rock star in his field.
The recipient of every major award given in the Civil War field, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker before Civil War groups than anyone else in the field.
He holds the Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University. He is presently an Alumni Distinguished Professor, one of ten such honorees among Virginia Tech’s 2,200 faculty. He is also Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, created by the University in 1999. Robertson is also a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Upcoming Speakers for 2014 – 2015
- January 12, 2015 – Brig. Gen. Casey Brower
- March 16, 2015 – Brig. Gen. Jack Mountcastle
- May 18, 2015 – General Montgomery Meigs
Kent Brown, President
As many of the roundtable members know, I wrote the biography of Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who died at Gettysburg defending the Union center from the attack of Pickett’s, Pettigrew’s, and Trimble’s divisions on July 3, 1863. It was announced at the White House on September 15, 2014 that Cushing will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, only the second Civil War soldier to be given that award since 1915. In honor of that, I have been asked to give the keynote speech at the 151st anniversary of the Gettysburg Address at the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19. Consequently, I will be unable to be with you on November 17. I will truly miss all my comrades and, of course, my long-time friend, Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson. I know Bud will be at his usual best. Happy Holidays to all. I will see you all in January.
Chris Anderson, Treasurer
Currently our membership stands at 354. If you have paid your dues, you should have received your new membership card with your name and 2014-2015 on the card. Starting with the November meeting, you will be asked to present your membership card when you sign in. There will be a separate line for those who do NOT have a membership card or have NOT paid your dues. Due to the large crowd anticipated, there will be two (2) lines for those with membership cards (A-L and M-Z) in the hopes of moving the lines efficiently. If you plan to pay by check, please have the check made out to KCWRT prior to getting in the line in order to save time. We need to focus on recruiting new members. Please bring a guest to our meeting which will be November 17thth.
One more explanation of the period the dues cover and also the new payment rule. The Round Table dues run from September to May. This year’s dues will be for 2014-2015. The new Dues payment is as follows: Dues paid on or before December 31st – $45; Dues paid between January 1st and March 31st – $60; Failure to pay dues by March 31st – Member falls of the Membership Roll; For Re-instatement – $25 plus the dues for that year.
If you made reservations and were unable to attend a meeting and did not cancel within 72 hours of the meeting time please check to see if you still owe for the meal for which we had to guarantee payment. We had 11 members who made reservations and need to pay for a “missed meal.” That equates to $275 which the Round Table has to bear that cost.
Please remember the Round Table is an IRC 501(C)(3) tax exempt organization and your contributions and dues are tax deductible. Your contributions and dues will help to provide quality programs in the coming year. Anyone wishing a copy of the annual or interim financial statements can request a copy by emailing your request to email@example.com.
In previous newsletters, I shared information with you regarding some of the problems we were having with a number of members sending RSVP cards late or calling to make meeting reservations after the RSVP deadline. If you need to cancel a reservation, please contact me by phone ((859) 231-3692) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting (in this case, November 12th). If you have made a reservation and cannot make the meeting, but do not timely cancel, you will be charged $26 per person for having reserved a meal. This is because the Kentucky Civil War Round Table will be charged for the meal(s).
The American Academy of Equine Art
Shades of Blue & Gray
The Horse in the Civil War, 1861 – 1865
October 10 – November 10, 2014
During the American Civil War, for every 100,000 men in uniform 35,000 horse and mules were needed in their support. Lee’s supply trains at Gettysburg stretched more than twenty-five miles. It is estimated more that more than 1.5 million horses and mules died. In order to honor those lives, The American Academy of Equine Art will sponsor this show during the sesquicentennial to accurately reflect, depict and represent their service. To that end, we encourage our members and guest artists to research the historic record regarding teamsters, farriers, artillery units, etc.
Eligibility: Open to all living artists eighteen (18) years of age and older. All work entered must be original work depicting the horse in any setting appropriate to 1861 – 1865, in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, drawings, or other media deemed acceptable and sculpture. Photographs, Giclees, lithographs, computer-generated images are not eligible.
Please join us on October 10, 2014 for an Opening Reception from 6 – 8 pm at:
The Club at Spindletop Hall
3414 Iron Works Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
Questions regarding the Show, please contact the AAEA at 502-570-8567; 502-797-3252 or email@example.com