Rob Monroe, President Gary Cowardin, Editor
9733 Fireside Drive 1404 Lorraine Ave.
Glen Allen, VA 23060 Richmond, VA 23227-3735
Annual Members Dinner - THURSDAY November 14th 6pm
River Dining Room at
Willow Oaks Country Club
6228 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, VA 23225
Chicken Night Buffet featuring Fried or Baked Chicken
Choice of two salads
Choice of two desserts
$32.00 per person
A Cash Bar will be available
Dinner Speaker: (speaker/program info below)
Mail your checks for the dinner payable to the Richmond Civil War Roundtable
and send to my attention: YOUR MONEY HAS TO BE IN TO ART BY TUESDAY 11/12
1414 Patriot Circle
Glen Allen, VA. 23059
"Stonewall Jackson's Wake Up Call at Malvern Hill"
Frank A. O'Reilly
Stonewall Jackson followed up one of his most brilliant campaigns-the
Valley Campaign-with one of his most dismal: the Seven Days. No one
understood that better than Jackson. Faced with illness and physical
exhaustion, Jackson collapsed at White Oak Swamp, but then commanded his
subordinates to rest, "and see if tomorrow we can do something." The
"something" was Malvern Hill, a tragic battle that saw Jackson try to
exert himself and brave near death, but all for nothing. We will
examine what Jackson did on July 1, 1862-and see if there was anything
he could have done differently to change the outcome of the Seven Days'
most one-sided affair.
Frank's book, The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the
Rappahannock, received a 2003 nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in
Letters. Released by LSU Press in December, 2002, it won the 2002
Capital District (Albany, NY) Book Award; the 2003 James I. Robertson,
Jr. Book Award; the 2004 Daniel Laney Book Award; and the 2004 Richard
Barksdale Harwell Book Award.
Frank received both his BA and MA in American History with a
concentration on Early American Military History and Civil War Studies.
He did his undergraduate work at Washington & Lee University before
joining the National Park Service at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania
National Military Park. Frank worked briefly at Independence Hall in
Philadelphia, and then returned to Fredericksburg as an historian in
1990. He is currently the Lead Historian for the battlefields.
Frank has written numerous articles on the Civil War and Mexican War for
national and international journals; and introductions to quite a few
books. He released his first book on the Fredericksburg Campaign
titled, Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg, in 1993. Frank has
appeared in quite a few documentaries, on CSPAN, and has lectured
extensively on military history to audiences around the world, from the
Pentagon to numerous conferences in the United Kingdom at Oxford.
Frank is currently writing a book on the 1862 Battle of Malvern Hill and
the Seven Days' Battles around Richmond.
Meeting Attendance for October: 69
Message from Our President
By the time you read this, Election Day will have come and gone. In
past national elections, Virginia has been identified as a battleground
state. By the amount of advertising we've seen in the Richmond area,
certainly our community is being hotly contested by Democrats and
Republicans. However, in all the ads I've seen this election season, I
haven't seen any mentioning a candidate's military experience.
In the 19 th century, the lines between politics and the military were
frequently blurred. There's not enough space in this newsletter to
mention all the men who dabbled in both arenas before and after the
Civil War. Certainly success in one field didn't assure similar results
in the other. But that didn't stop them from trying.
It's always interesting to see the reaction of people with little
interest in history when they are told the victorious Confederate
commander at the Battle of New Market, John Breckinridge, had served as
the Vice President of the United States just four years earlier. At the
same time Breckinridge served as V.P., Virginia's governor was Henry
Wise. Commissioned a general by Jeff Davis in 1861, Wise isn't
remembered for his war exploits as much as he is for his bitter battles
with another former governor turned Confederate general, John Floyd.
On the Union side, Joshua Chamberlain parlayed the fame he achieved at
Gettysburg into four consecutive successful runs for Governor of Maine
beginning in 1866. When U.S. Grant was elected President in 1868, he
became the first of five Union veterans who would serve as America's
commander-in-chief into the 20 th century. Grant, Hayes and Garfield
served successively if not always successfully.
As I reflect on how divided our country is now, it gives me an
understanding of what America in general, and Virginia in particular,
must have been going through in 1860 and 1861. Longtime friends who had
so much in common found themselves in heated arguments with one another
over a bitter political feud.
But I'm comforted in knowing that if Virginia is referred to as a
battleground state next year, the term will be used figuratively rather
A Message from our Secretary Andy Keller
A vote was held at the regular October meeting on amendments to the
RCWRT Constitution which had been published in the September newsletter.
The suggestion of the President that they we voted on as a whole was
moved by Jack Mountcastle and seconded. The motion was approved
unanimously without discussion. Full details will be in the December
newsletter. We received one new member in the month of October.
Welcome, Charles Bays.
Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show
Will be held at the Richmond Raceway Complex on the weekend of
November 16-17. Hours are 9-5 on Saturday and 9-3 on Sunday.
Admission is $10.00.
National Park Service Richmond
Richmond Battlefields Association News & Events
Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar
White House of the Confederacy
Pamplin Historical Park and
The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2019
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