Dr. R. B. Rosenburg

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Dr. R. B. Rosenburg serves as Associate Dean and Professor of History, College of Arts & Sciences, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia, where he has taught since August 2000. Prior to then he was on the faculty at public and private higher education institutions in Alabama, Virginia, and Tennessee.  He earned a Ph.D. in History from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a M.A. from Auburn University, and a B.A. from Samford University. He also has studied at Oxford University (UK) and has received advanced training at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.

During an academic career that has spanned nearly four decades, Rosenburg has sought to understand and to describe the diverse ways men and women in history have wrestled with the intractable task of conveying what war meant to them. Much of his research and writing deals with disabled veterans and war’s impact on society, focusing especially on those who fought war and became its victims.

During World War I, Dr. Rosenburg’s great-grandfather, Lt. Col. Charles Warren Weeks, served as Chief of Staff, 85th Infantry (“Custer”) Division at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan, prior to being appointed by Gen. John J. Pershing as Chief of the Historical Branch, War Plans Division, General Staff, Washington, DC. As the Army’s first Chief Historian, commanding what today is known as the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Colonel Weeks collected unit histories and records in the United States and Europe for eventual publication by the War Department. Afterwards, he served as Assistant Commandant of the Infantry School, Fort Benning (1936-38), replacing George C. Marshall, before retiring after 30 years of military service and settling down in Pasco County, Florida.

Recently, Dr. Rosenburg received an Award for Advocacy by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) for documenting the deaths of Georgians while in military service during World War I. He generously shared his research, which formed the Georgia WWI Centennial Commission’s searchable database. Nearly 5,000 natives of Georgia were residents of Florida prior to their enlistment or induction in the armed forces during World War I. Of those, more than 130 died while in uniform.