April 12, 2011 Program
Scott H. Harris
"Legacy of Valor: New Market Battlefield State Historical Park"
8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the
First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA., 4602 Cary Street Road, 23226
A parking lot is available behind the church with an entrance off the
parking lot to the left and down a few stairs. (map in August's newsleter)
"Put the boys in, and may God forgive me for the order.'' With these
words, Confederate General John C. Breckinridge ordered 257 cadets of
the Virginia Military Institute into combat during the Battle of New
Market on May 15, 1864. Breckinridge's 4,000-man army, including the
cadets, went on to defeat a Union force of over 6,000 under General
Franz Sigel in one of the south's last significant victories of the
Civil War. Overall, the Confederates suffered 531 casualties, compared
to 841 for the Union force. Ten VMI cadets were killed or mortally
Legacy of Valor examines the continuing influence of the Battle of New
Market on VMI, both as an historical event and as an example of courage
and character for successive generations of cadets. Particular
attention is paid to the stewardship of this legacy at the New Market
Battlefield State Historical Park. Administered by the Virginia
Military Institute, the Park includes the Bushong Farm and the Hall of
Valor Museum, which interprets both the battle and the military history
of the Civil War in Virginia.
Scott H. Harris has been Director of the New Market Battlefield State
Historical Park since March, 2001. In addition to overseeing Park
operations, he assists with administration of the Virginia Military
Institute Museum Operations. He was Curator of The Manassas Museum from
1988 to 1995, and Director of Historic Resources for the City of
Manassas from 1995 until February, 2001. Appointed to the Advisory
Council of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War
Commission in 2006, Scott is also a member of the Virginia Civil War
Trails board of directors, and is a past president of the Virginia
Association of Museums.
Scott received his BA with honors in History and Historic Preservation
from Mary Washington College in 1983 and an MA in History and Museum
Administration from the College of William and Mary in 1988.
Be sure to come early to get a good seat.
Meeting Attendance: March 2011 = 98
NOTE: Please put on your NEW NAME BADGE on when you arrive for the meeting.
(They will be near the back or side of the room.)
A Note from Our President
Welcome all RCWRT members to spring 2011. We have a terrific subject
this month. Please bring a relative, friend, or neighbor [especially a
Don't forget our annual day tour Saturday June 18 and also remember to
bring and look over news items on the bulletin board.
Remember to pay your dues. We have 139 out of 190 paid up and are
allowing you to pay by April 17th without a late fee. See you Tuesday
November Meeting. Elizabeth Pryor, author of the very well received
book, Reading the Man: A Portrait Of Robert E. Lee Through His Letters
will be our November speaker. The Round Table's officers wish to thank
all members who participated in the voting conducted during the past two
meetings regarding the concept of holding a dinner meeting in November.
Members voted at a 3-to-1 ratio in favor of holding a dinner meeting in
November. The 1st Vice President is currently seeking cost proposals
from several venues that would be suitable sites for our dinner meeting.
Fund-Raising in Support of the Dinner Meeting. At our April meeting,
1st VP Jack Mountcastle will introduce a program aimed at raising funds
to defray the cost of the November dinner meeting. He will invite
members to bring in Civil War books (both hardbound and paperback) that
can be sold for a fixed price of $10.00 for hardbacks and $5.00 for
paperbacks. All funds that are raised through the sale of these donated
books during the May, June, and July meetings will be used by the
Treasurer to defray a portion of the November dinner meeting costs.
David Whitehead, Pres. RCWRT
Come with us on this year's RCWRT FIELD TRIP!
The Richmond Civil War Round Table will have its annual field trip on
Saturday, June 18, 2011, visiting the USS Monitor Center at the
Mariners' Museum in Newport News.
While enroute we will be viewing a DVD presentation entitled Battle of
the Ironclads narrated by John Quarstein, Craig Symonds, and our May
speaker, Anna Holloway of the USS Monitor Center. During our visit we
will concentrate on the marvelous artifacts and reconstructions of the
USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia.
Lunch will be on the Mariners' Museum premises.
A stop is scheduled at the Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park on the way
back and also at Drewry's Bluff, time permitting.
The 150th Sesquicentennial of the Civil War is now underway so we hope
to have a record turn out from our RCWRT membership. Please write your
checks and mark your calendars now.
In order to cover the charter bus, we need to charge $23 per person for
transportation, similar to past field trips. The cost at the museum
will be $9.00 admission and lunch will be $8.00 plus tax. So the total
comes to $40 per person.
You can bring your check (made out to RCWRT) to the April or May meeting
or mail it to:
9091 Pantego Ln
Mechanicsville, VA 23116-5837
Civil War Trust
For the latest CWT news visit: www.civilwar.org
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial Announces:
Rare Robert E. Lee U.S. Army artifacts will be on exhibit, April 16 -
30, 2011. Significant new information about Robert E. Lee will be
revealed at the April 16th Evening Program.
All programs are free, but reservations are required. Call 703-235-1530.
Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Saturday, April 16, 2011
More than 15 museums and historical sites in partnership with The Future
of Richmond's Past offered a full day of free activities for the public
at Civil War & Emancipation Day: the 150th Anniversaries.
Civil War & Emancipation DayFree shuttle transportation will be available.Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online
www.moc.orgVisit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
Events CalendarPamplin Historical Park and
The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
Special Events CalendarRCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2011
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