Professor Robertson discusses Red River Campaign

From left, Jody Harris, Dr. Henry O. Robertson, and Peyton Proffitt. Harris is director of student activities, and Proffitt is a member of the History Club.

Dr. Henry O. Robertson, a Civil War historian, spoke to a packed house in the Frances C. Ross Ballroom of the Charles Matthews Foundation Student Center on Tuesday, April 9.

Robertson is an associate professor of history at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. He has taught history at the college level for 20 years. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degrees in history from Louisiana State University, and an undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College.

He specializes in American history before the Civil War. In 2007, the Center for Louisiana Studies at UL-Lafayette published his first book on a Louisiana topic, In the Habit of Acting Together: The Emergence of the Whig Party in Louisiana, 1828-1840. His second book was released this past spring, The Red River Campaign and Its Toll: 69 Bloody Days in Louisiana March-May 1864. 

Robertson was named as a 2002 West Point Military History fellow, where he spent time at the U.S. Military Academy studying military history. He is currently pursuing a certificate degree in higher education management from Mississippi College.

The event was organized by Bill Offer, Panola College history professor, and coordinated by the History Club.