On Veterans Day November 2013, the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) sponsored General Josiah Bunting III who gave a special lecture on leadership. The AHI prefaced its introduction of General Bunting, a charter member of the AHI’s board of directors, by announcing that it established the Veterans Day Lecture on military history in his honor to be given on an annual basis.
General Bunting was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1963. He subsequently studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and at Columbia University as a John Burgess Fellow. During active duty with the United States Army, he served as an infantry officer in Vietnam with the Ninth Infantry Division. During his military career, General Bunting received the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Honor Medal–2nd class, Presidential Unit Citation, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Subsequently, he taught history at West Point and at the Naval War College. His administrative experience in higher education includes: President, Briarcliff College (1973-1977); President, Hampden-Sydney College (1977-1987); and Superintendent, VMI (1995-2003). General Bunting has published four novels, including The Lionheads (G. Braziller, 1972), a best-seller that was selected by Time Magazine as one of “The Ten Best Novels” of 1973. More recently, he has completed several works of non-fiction An Education for Our Time (Regnery 1998) and a biography Ulysses S. Grant (Times Book, 2004). He is chairman of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s National Civic Literacy Board, president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and an AHI board member. He also served on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.