Civil War expert Dr. James Robertson to speak

SALEM, Va. —The Roanoke College History Department announces the inauguration of the new Roy H. Ritter Lecture Series in Southern History. The first speaker in this annual event will be Dr. James I. Robertson, Alumni Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the Virginia Civil War Center at Virginia Tech. Robertson will speak in Massengill Auditorium on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge. No tickets are required.

Named after Roy H. Ritter, a 1926 graduate of Roanoke College, the public lecture series addresses an issue of broad and enduring significance to the history of the South and the nation. Ritter was a partner in the engineering firm of Whitman, Requardt and Associates and one of America’s outstanding civil engineers.

Robertson has written another compelling book on a major Civil War figure, Robert E. Lee:  Virginian Soldier, American Citizen, and it will be the topic of his address. He will be available to sign copies of the book following the lecture.

Lee is one of the most familiar, and controversial generals, in American history.  Commander of a tough army that won major battles against a numerically superior foe, he has been beloved and reviled, in life and in history. Robertson seeks to find the “real” Lee, carefully discussing the major milestones of his life and career, while making the strong argument that Lee is one of the most misunderstood figures of American history.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.