Civil War

Virginia played a key role in the American Civil War. As the region’s story teller, Blue Ridge PBS has worked to share Virginia’s involvement with its viewers.

Beginning in 1996, Blue Ridge PBS produced a 10 part series on a variety of subjects dealing with the American Civil War. Topics include: Railroads during the Civil War, Jackson in the Shenandoah, the life and Legacy of Robert E. Lee, the siege at Petersburg, the Battles of Manassas, and much more. The series is hosted by nationally noted Civil War historian, author, and Alumni Distinguished Professor of History James I. Robertson Jr.

For the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Blue Ridge PBS produced the Emmy nominated 3 hour documentary, Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance. Divided into nine sections, the program was designed for use in the schools. The project was produced in conjunction with the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and the Virginia Tech Center for Civil War Studies. It was hosted by James I. Robertson Jr. and William C. Davis.