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January 2004 PROGRAM
"Abraham Lincoln's Two Invasions of New York City"
8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at the
Boulevard United Methodist Church, 321 N. Boulevard,
Richmond, VA (corner of Boulevard and Stuart Ave.) Enter
the basement door on the right side under the front steps.
John Chodes is a New Yorker who has published 20 articles
and three monographs on the Civil War and Reconstruction.
The first monograph is on the Union League, the Northern
version of the Ku Klux Klan. The second is an edited form
of Jefferson Davis' writings where he explained the
legitimacy of secession. This is called "The Constitution
and State Sovereignty." The third is a biography of Jabez
Curry, the Confederate congressman and cavalry officer who,
unknowingly, after the war, helped the carpetbaggers destroy
the culture and soul of the South. Curry's story will also
appear as a full-length book in 2005.
The topic of Mr. Chodes' talk, Lincoln vs. New York City,
will also be published as a book, via a biography of Horatio
Seymour, the governor of New York during this period.
Between 1861 and 1865, there were two wars being fought by
Lincoln and his Republican administration. The first was to
prevent the independence of the seceded Southern states. The
second was a civil war in the North upon the six states
controlled by the Democrats. The Union army tried to crush
out the Northern guerrilla war, insurrectionary acts and
full-scale military defiance. Mr. Chodes will argue that
the July 1863 "Draft Riot" was not a spontaneous outburst
against conscription, but a brilliant defense by the Empire
State against the invasion of its sovereignty; in effect,
"The Battle of New York City." One year later, the city was
invaded a second time when Lincoln put Gen. Benjamin Butler
in charge of a massive force to control the polling booths
during the upcoming election. When peace came, New York was
reconstructed along with the other "rebel" states.
Review of the December Program
(The December meeting had to be called off at the last
minute due to the lack of heat in the church.)
Civil War Movie to be Offered Nationally
There was no multimillion dollar budget and there are no
Oscar winners in the cast, but the Civil War film "Wicked
Spring" will have one thing in common with "Cold Mountain"
...a national audience.
An independent film from local producer/writer Kevin
Hershberger, "Wicked Spring" is the story of three Union
soldiers and three Confederates that meet by chance at the
Battle of the Wilderness. It was filmed in 29 days and cost
$500,000 - a sum that would be a mere drop from a bucket for
a major Hollywood studio.
By contrast, take a look at "Cold Mountain", a film based on
Charles Frazier's best-selling novel about a Confederate
deserter who returns to his North Carolina sweetheart. This
Miramax Films epic took months and millions of dollars to
complete. Much of the budget went to the film's
Oscar-winning actresses, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger.
Still more money was spent to transport the cast and crew to
various locations. While a small portion of the movie was
filmed on Belle Isle, the majority was shot in the mountains
Staying closer to home, "Wicked Spring" used local talent
and reenactors and was shot in Richmond, Petersburg,
Lexington and other locations in Virginia. While "Cold
Mountain" has already been nominated for eight Golden Globe
awards - and may receive several Oscar nominations as well -
"Wicked Spring" is not without its own merits. The film was
recently picked up by Blockbuster Video Stores, an amazing
feat for a small independent production. DVDs and
videotapes of "Wicked Spring" will be available for rent at
every Blockbuster across the country. Copies may also be
purchased through major online retailers such as Netflix,
amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
University of Richmond to Offer Course on
the War in Virginia
The University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies
announces a course titled "Civil War in Virginia: The
Cannons' Roar." Throughout the Civil War, cannons roared
from the Chesapeake Bay to the far reaches of Virginia's
mountain highlands. The work at the Tredegar Iron Works,
the soldiers who served the bronze and iron cannons on the
battlefields, and the lessons learned by commanders at every
level on Virginia's battle grounds are all fascinating.
The spirit of artillerymen in units like the Richmond
Howitzers and the Rockbridge Artillery was demonstrated
repeatedly and will serve as the primary focus for a new
course this winter. The course is scheduled for 7-9 pm on
four Monday evenings in March and will highlight these
fascinating stories. A day-long bus tour of selected Civil
War sites allows students to walk over the actual ground
that echoed the thunder of the cannons' roar.
The non-credit course at UR's School of Continuing Studies
is taught by Roundtable member Jack Mountcastle. The
tuition is $139. To enroll or to request more information,
look for the "Thin Again" catalog for Winter 2004, or call
804-289-8133. You may also visit the University's website
at www.richmond.edu. Choose "Continuing Studies," then look
at "Non-credit Courses."
Ed Bearrs to Speak to Powhatan Round Table
The Powhatan Civil War Round Table will host Ed Bearrs at
the group's January meeting. A former Marine who was
wounded in World War II, Bearss stays busy traveling most of
the year as a speaker and tour guide. A former chief
historian with the National Park Service, he has earned a
commendation from Congress and won the highest award given
by the Department of the Interior. Long recognized as one
of the foremost historians on the American Civil War, Bearss
will speak on Thursday evening, January 15 at the County
Seat Restaurant in historic Powhatan. Dinner reservations
are $14 and may be made by contacting Susan Weigly at
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