About The Author
Tom Robertson is a direct descendant of Surgeon Francis M. Robertson, the subject and diarist of his first full-length book, Resisting Sherman: A Confederate Surgeon's Journal and the Civil War in the Carolinas, 1865.
He is president of the engineering firm Cranston Engineering Group, P.C., headquartered in Augusta, Georgia. He has more than forty years of experience as a consultant for a wide variety of civil engineering, planning, urban design, land surveying, and historic engineering projects throughout the southeast. Some of the more prominent projects that he has designed include the Augusta River Walk, the Augusta Common, and the Big Canoe community, a conservation-focused development in the mountains of north Georgia.
He is active in community and civic affairs. As a founding member of the Augusta Canal Authority, Tom led the establishment of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area in 1996, testifying four times before Congressional committees to make this happen. He is president of the Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County, where he led the formation of the Westobou Festival, the annual city-wide arts festival. In recognition of his community service, he has received several awards, including the Lester S. Moody Award from the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and the national 2009 Community Service Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
Mr. Robertson is an advocate of historic preservation and has restored four award-winning historic buildings in Augusta. He is a past president of Historic Augusta, Inc. and has been recognized by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for lifetime achievement.
Tom is also interested in fishing, hiking, woodworking, and gardening with native plants, flowers, and vegetables.