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Education

  • Ph.D., History, Louisiana State University
  • M.A., History, Louisiana State University
  • B.A., History, Randolph-Macon College

Academic Programs

  • BA History

Associate Professor of History

Biography

Dr. Henry O. Robertson has been teaching undergraduates for 20 years. He specializes in American History before the Civil War and has a graduate minor in the field of geography. He has published numerous articles and book reviews in "Louisiana History," the scholarly journal of the Louisiana Historical Association. 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 forthcoming book from McFarland Publishing tackles Louisiana’s Red River Campaign of 1864. Dr. Robertson has held a life-long interest in the Civil War and he became 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. He is active at Cavalry Baptist Church and has served in the past on the Parish Executive Committee of the Republican Party and currently serves on the City of Alexandria Civil Service Commission. 

Dr. Henry O. Robertson has been teaching undergraduates for 20 years. He specializes in American History before the Civil War and has a graduate minor in the field of geography. He has published numerous articles and book reviews in Louisiana History, the scholarly journal of the Louisiana Historical Association. In 2007, the Center for Louisiana Studies at UL-Lafayette published his first book: In the Habit of Acting Together: The Emergence of the Whig Party in Louisiana, 1828-1840. His most recent book, The Red River Campaign and Its Toll: 69 Bloody Days in Louisiana, March-May 1864 was published by McFarland Publishing in 2016. Dr. Robertson has held a life-long interest in the Civil War, and he became 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. He is active at Cavalry Baptist Church and has served in the past on the Parish Executive Committee of the Republican Party.  Currently, he also serves on the City of Alexandria Civil Service Commission.

Courses Taught

  • World Geography
  • Civilizations I & II
  • American History I & II
  • Survey of American History
  • Louisiana History
  • The Atlantic World
  • The American Founding
  • Contemporary America
  • Frontier America I & II
  • Christianity and Civilization
  • The Early Republic: 1800-1861
  • The American South
  • The Civil War
  • Topics in American History
  • The Philosophy and Craft of History

Books

The Red River Campaign and Its Toll: 69 Bloody Days in Louisiana, March-April 1864 

      Jefferson, NC:  McFarland Press, 2016.

A Legacy of R.I.C.H.E.S: The Roy O. Martin Story. Portland: Pediment Publishing, 2014.

Guide to the Civil War Veterans Buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery Pineville, Louisiana Pineville:

      Louisiana College, 2010.

In the Habit of Acting Together: The Emergence of the Whig Party in Louisiana, 1828-1840.

     Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2007.

The Civil War Guide to the Red River Campaign, March-May 1864 Pineville: Louisiana College,

      2007.

Louisiana: A History Teacher’s Guide to the Television Series Baton Rouge: Louisiana Public

      Broadcasting, 2003. 

Articles

“Who Were the Whigs of Catahoula Parish, 1840?” Louisiana History 53 (Summer 2012): 292-           317.

“Finding the Faithful: Bishop Henry C. Lay Visits North Louisiana, 1863,” North Louisiana

         History 33 (Spring-Summer 2002): 87-90.

“Baynard Rush Hall and the New Purchase,” Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History 13

        (Spring 2001): 26-31.

“Fort Sumter” and “Vicksburg” in Magill’s Military History Salem Press(March 2001).

“Alexander Haig,” Biographical Encyclopedia of 20th Century World Leaders 5 Vols.

         (Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Corp., 2000): 612-614.

“The Slow Erosion: Whigs in Western Louisiana, 1834-1840,” North Louisiana History 30

         (Spring-Summer 1999): 47-81.  

“Tories or Patriots? The Mississippi River Planters during the American Revolution,” Louisiana

        History 40 (Fall 1999): 445-462.

“The Trial and Tragedy of Nomination: Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr. and the Senate Confirmation

       Process,” Proceedings of the Greenville Country (S.C.) Historical Society 10 (January 1995):

       61-70.

“The Emergence of the Whig Party in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes, 1834-1840,” Louisiana

      History 33 (Summer 1992): 283-316.

Conference Presentations

  • “The Union Hold at Pleasant Grove.” Red River Campaign Symposium. LSU-Shreveport March 2014.
  • “The Red River Campaign”  Louisiana Historical Association March 2009.
  • West Point Military History Fellowship 2002.  United States Military Academy June 4-27, 2002, West Point, New York.  
  • Historical Expert for “Cajun Pawn Stars” television show on the History Channel 2012. “Going Medieval” Episode aired September 19, 2012  and “Gone with the Pawn” Episode aired October 24, 2012. “Pawn and Chain” Aired November 14, 2012.

Research Interests

  • American Civil War
  • Louisiana history