“After the Civil War” with James I. Robertson, Jr.

Here’s Dr. Bud with another wonderful presentation, though there are a couple things in his talk with which I have to disagree.  This lecture was given at the Museum of the Confederacy’s Appomattox Annex on April 11, 2015.

As an added bonus, here’s the first public performance of the new Virginia State Song, “Our Great Virginia.”



  1. Since you know more about this period and era in your little finger than I know may I humbly ask what it is you disagree with so I might be educated in a more objective way.

    1. I very respectfully disagree with some of his comments on Reconstruction and Ulysses S. Grant’s presidency. Of course, I freely admit Dr. Robertson knows more about this time period in his little finger than I know. 🙂

  2. Marc Panero · · Reply

    Without your little fingers, many of us would never get to see these videos, and the others they post. I thank them so much for presenting these and all of your posts.

    1. Thank you kindly. I envisioned this blog as primarily a place to share what I’ve learned and as a resource to find things I’ve picked up along the way.

  3. I came across a bit of post war election trivia in
    Paul F Boller’s “Presidential Campaigns”, Oxford University Press. New York 1996
    From my essay on Horatio Seymour:

    When it became apparent that there would be no way to stop the newly freed Negroes from voting, a bit of “Southern logic” was used to persuade the Negroes to vote for Seymour.  In an editorial titled “The Colored Voter: A Sober Appeal to His Interest and His Sober Reason”, a Nashville newspaper told the former slaves they owed their freedom to the Democrats and they should vote for the Seymour-Blair ticket.    According to their reasoning, “If your state and her sister Southern states had not seceded from the Union you would not today be free.”

    How can you argue with that kind of reasoning?

  4. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Another fascinating piece, Al. Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy listening to him and appreciate his dry sense of humor. Love his anecdotes and his book on Jackson is most likely one of three or four I would grab if my house was on fire. FWIW, I don’t agree with all of his observations either. One, e.g., was that nobody would have been able to follow the immortal Lincoln. At the time, of course, Lincoln was far from immortal. Thousands in the north and the south hated him and hundreds, perhaps thousands, wished to see him dead. Like the new state song. Did not know that Robertson was so instrumental in finally getting it approved but “Shenandoah” was originally proposed back in 2006 (approved by the Senate by turned down by the House Rules Committee).

  5. Nancy Abbott · · Reply

    This was good too. Nancy

    Sent from my iPhone


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