Tag Archives: Civil War Centennial

When President Kennedy–and Professor Wiley–Stepped In

In the final report of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission, issued in 1968, Chairman Allan Nevins recalled “the great wave of popular interest in the Civil War” that led Congress to authorize the Commission in 1957. He also remembered … Continue reading

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On Ike in Gettysburg

On November 19, 1963, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a speech in Gettysburg’s national cemetery to commemorate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. (For details on the event and Ike’s speech, see this post, “Ike, JFK, and the … Continue reading

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Bud Robertson: In Memoriam (part one)

Like so many Civil War historians of my generation, I first knew James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., as the talking head on Civil War Journal. With his distinctive drawl, the silver-haired Virginia Tech professor lent color and personality to the Arts & Entertainment network documentary series that I … Continue reading

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