A program commemorating the 141th anniversary of Lee's death featuring Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr., "Lee and the Mobilization of Virginia Forces 1861."
Dr. James I. (Bud) Robertson, Jr. is a noted Civil War historian, scholar and author. A native of Danville, Virginia, he was educated at Randolph-Macon College and Emory University. Last spring he retired from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University after 44 years of service and has been given the honor of being named the Alumni Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus. The recipient of every major award given in the field of Civil War history, Dr. Robertson was executive producer of the documentary, "Virginia in the Civil War," which aired on PBS.
In the autumn of 1865, six months after the surrender at Appomattox, Gen. Robert E. Lee was inaugurated president of Washington College. He served for five years until his death on October 12, 1870. In those few years, he provided the leadership which the school's trustees had sought, reviving a foundering school and setting its course as a modern university. Lee left the institution a legacy of honor and civility, a strong sense of duty and a quest for excellence. Remembering Robert E. Lee explores the life and character of the man who was the 11th and most notable president of Washington and Lee University.