John J. Hennessy
The Great Triumvirate:
Lee, Jackson, and Longstreet at Second Manassas
8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, 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.
John Hennessy started his NPS career at Manassas Battlefield in the
early 1980s, toiling there joyfully for five years. He later went on to
work for the New York State Historic Preservation Office, and then
returned to the NPS in 1991, working at the NPS Design Center at Harpers
Ferry and, since 1995, at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National
Military Park, where he is the chief historian.
He has written books on each of the battles at Manassas, most notably,
Return To Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas,
published by Simon and Schuster in 1993. John also edited the personal
history of a Civil War soldier. Published in 2000, it is entitled
Fighting with the Eighteenth Massachusetts: The Civil War Memoir of
Thomas H. Mann.
John is frequently asked to speak to Civil War Round Tables. We are
looking forward to his presentation this month. The program will hold
up Second Manassas as the case study in the function of the Army of
Northern Virginia, and will look at the roles played by the "Big
Four"--Lee, Longstreet, Jackson, and Stuart--as the campaign unfolded,
and how this reflected on the leadership of all of them.
Be sure to come early to get a good seat.
Meeting Attendance: September 2011 = 101
NOTE: Please put on your NAME BADGE on when you arrive for the meeting.
(They will be on a table near the back or side of the room.)
A Word from Our President
Welcome all RCWRT members. Hope you are well. The weather is getting
cooler but not our speaker's energies. We will be addressing the BIG 4
Confederate generals. Please consider bringing a friend-especially try
the young to further encourage the study of this great part of American
history. Please sign up for the annual dinner for November 8 [Tuesday]
- get to Jack Mountcastle (see below). Hope you are reading a great
book on this period too. See you then.
See you Tuesday,
David Whitehead, Pres. RCWRT
RCWRT's 2011 Annual Dinner - Tuesday, Nov.8, 2011
On Tuesday, November 8, the RCWRT's 2011 annual dinner will be held at
Willow Oaks Country Club. We are very pleased that the award-winning
author Elizabeth Brown Pryor will be speaking to us about many
fascinating aspects of Robert E. Lee's character.
"Cutting Edge--What We Now Know about Robert E. Lee's
Decision to Side with the South."
The evening begins with a reception at 6:00 PM. The excellent Buffet
Dinner begins at 7:00 PM, with our speaker to follow. Thanks to the
efforts of several Round Table members, the cost for this year's dinner
has been reduced. The ticket price this year will be $32 for members
and their spouses or dates. (The cost for your guests who would like to
attend, but are not members of the Round Table will be $35 per person.)
Beer, wine, cocktails, and soft drinks will be available at the
reception. There is no charge for soft drinks. Tickets for alcoholic
drinks may be purchased for $4.
As expected, we are enjoying an enthusiastic response to this
announcement. A number of reservations have already been received. You
are encouraged to make your reservations soon so that we may complete
our planning with Willow Oaks.
Price: Members & spouse/date @ $32/ea, Guests @ $35/ea.
To make your reservations please click here, print the form page, and
send it along with a check (made out to "RCWRT") to Jack Mountcastle.
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