I. ROBERTSON, JR., Conference Chairman,
one of the most distinguished names in Civil
War history, was Executive Director of the
U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission and worked
with Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson
in marking the war’s 100th anniversary.
Today his Civil War Era course at Virginia
Tech, which attracts 300 students per semester,
is the largest of its kind in the nation.
A native of Danville, Virginia, Professor
Robertson is the author or editor of more
than twenty 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 Stonewall Jackson won eight national
awards and was used as the basis for the movie
“Gods and Generals.” Robertson
was chief historical consultant for the film.
Professor Robertson is the recipient of every
major award in his field, and is a popular
and renowned lecturer on the Civil War. He
is retiring as Alumni Distinguished Professor,
one of ten such honorees among 2,200 faculty
members at Virginia Tech. He is also Executive
Director of the Virginia Center for Civil
War Studies, created in 1999.
more about James I. Robertson, Jr.
M. BOWEN graduated from Royal Veterinary
College in London and then embarked on an
international career. He practiced veterinary
medicine in the U.K. and conducted research
as a visiting professor in Canada, the U.S.,
and Brazil. An equine specialist, Dr. Bowen
is former director of the Middleburg Agricultural
Research and Extension Center, a unit of Virginia
Tech, and conducted research there on nutrition
in thoroughbred horses. From 1994 to 2001,
he was director of continuing education at
the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of
Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg. He was
instrumental in organizing the Equine University
series of meetings in Virginia. Dr. Bowen
has been an active member of the Virginia
Horse Council for more than a decade.
C. DAVIS, a native of Independence,
Missouri, was educated in Northern California
and spent twenty years in the publishing industry.
He left in 1990 to work as a writer and consultant.
The author or editor of more than fifty books
and documentary screenplays on Civil War and
southern history, Davis was senior consultant
for the television series “Civil War
Journal” and he has worked as historical
consultant for several other television and
film productions, including “The Blue
and the Gray,” “George Washington,”
and “The Perfect Tribute.” Davis
is the only three-time winner of the Jefferson
Davis Award, given for book-length works on
Confederate history. Professor Davis came
to Virginia Tech to teach history and to serve
as director of programs for the Virginia Center
for Civil War Studies. In coming to Virginia,
he returns to his roots: virtually all of
his ancestors came to the Old Dominion, some
as long ago as 1608.
E. FRYE is the Chief Historian at
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and
past president of a national battlefield preservation
organization that is today’s Civil War
Trust. He is a native of the Harpers Ferry
and Antietam area and grew up in the shadow
of South Mountain. Frye has authored six books,
the most recent titled Antietam Revealed,
and nearly seventy articles. He has served
as a battlefield guide for National Geographic,
the Smithsonian Institution, and major universities,
and Civil War Round Tables across the country.
He has appeared on the television series “Civil
War Journal” and many documentaries.
Frye also worked as associate producer and
historical consultant for the movie “Gods
W. GALLAGHER is John L. Nau III Professor
in the History of the American Civil War at
the University of Virginia. He graduated from
Adams State College in Colorado and earned
an MA and PhD in history from the University
of Texas at Austin. Before coming to UVA,
Professor Gallagher taught history at Penn
State. He has written or edited more than
thirty books, including The Confederate
War, Lee and His Army in Confederate
History, and The Union War.
Professor Gallagher has received many awards
for his research and writing, including the
Laney Prize for the best book on the Civil
War, the William Woods Hassler Award for contributions
to Civil War studies, the Lincoln Prize (honorable
mention), and the Fletcher Pratt Award for
the best nonfiction book on the Civil War.
Gallagher was a founder and first president
of the Association for the Preservation of
Civil War Sites and has served on the board
of directors of the Civil War Trust.
T. GLATTHAAR is Stephenson Distinguished
Professor of History at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A specialist
in American Military History, Professor Glatthaar
was educated at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
He is author of many articles and books, including
The March to the Sea and Beyond,
Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance
of Black Soldiers and Their White Officers,
General Lee's Army, and Partners
in Command. His scholarship has earned
many academic honors and awards. In
1991 and 1992, he held the prestigious Harold
K. Johnson Visiting Professorship at the Army
Military History Institute at the U.S. Army
War College. He is currently Vice President
of the Society for Military History.
M. MCMURRY, a native of Atlanta,
Georgia, is a historian, author, and lecturer
of Civil War history. He graduated from the
Virginia Military Academy, earned a PhD in
history from Emory University, and taught
at Valdosta State University and North Carolina
State University. He has written four major
books on the western theater, one of which
was awarded the Laney Prize, and many articles
and essays for history journals and magazines.
Dr. McMurry compiled a biographical encyclopedia
of the alumni of the Virginia Military Institute
who served in the Civil War.
J. SOMMERS is the Senior Historian
at the Army Heritage and Education Center
and teaches at the U.S. Army War College.
He has spent his entire professional career
at the Army Military History Institute, where
he was Chief Archivist-Historian and Assistant
Director before assuming his present position.
His book, Richmond Redeemed: The Siege
at Petersburg, received the Bell I. Wiley
Prize from the National Historical Society.
In 1989, Dr. Sommers was designated an “Alumnus
of Distinguished Achievement” by his
alma mater, Carleton College. He earned his
doctorate from Rice University under Professor
Frank E. Vandiver. Dr. Sommers has contributed
to many Civil War publications and has lectured
extensively throughout the country. His latest
essay appeared in Virginia at War 1864.
E. WOODWORTH is professor of history
at Texas Christian University and author,
co-author, or editor of 27 books. Born in
Ohio and raised in Illinois, he graduated
from Southern Illinois University, studied
at the University of Hamburg, earned a PhD
from Rice University, and went on to teach
at at Bartlesville Wesleyan College in Oklahoma,
and Toccoa Falls College in Georgia. In 1997
he came to TCU, where he specializes in the
Civil War and Reconstruction and the Old South.
Professor Woodworth is a two-time winner of
the Fletcher Pratt Award (for Jefferson
Davis and His Generals and Davis
and Lee at War), a two-time finalist
for the Peter Seaborg Award of the George
Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil
War (for While God Is Marching On
and Nothing but Victory), and winner
of the Grady McWhiney Award of the Dallas
Civil War Round Table for lifetime contribution
to the study of Civil War history.