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January 2010 -
Davis Wrinkle, Pres.                   Gary Cowardin, Editor    
7741 Rockfalls Dr.                     1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23225                     Richmond, VA 23227-3735                  

January 2010 Program "The Debate over Black Confederates" John M. Coski 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 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. One of the most controversial Civil War issues in recent decades is the contention that thousands - or even tens or hundreds of thousands - of African-Americans served as soldiers in the Confederate Army even before the March 1865 act authorizing the Confederate States Colored Troops. The January program will offer a systematic critical analysis of the arguments and the evidence about "Black Confederates." John Coski has been a member of the Richmond Civil War Round Table since 1989. He is Historian and Director of Library and Research at The Museum of the Confederacy, where he has worked since 1988, and co-editor of the Museum's quarterly Magazine. He earned his B.A. from Mary Washington College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary. He is the author of The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem (Harvard University Press, 2005); Capital Navy: The Men, Ships and Operations of the James River Squadron (Savas, 1996, 2005), White House of the Confederacy: An Illustrated History (Cadmus, 1993 [co-author]), The Army of the Potomac at Berkeley Plantation: The Harrison's Landing Occupation of 1862 (Dietz Press, 1989), Charles City County: An Official History (Don Mills, 1989 [co-editor]), and of more than 100 published essays, articles, and reviews. He lives in Westover Hills with his wife, Ruth Ann, and their two dogs, Eleanor and India.
NOTE: Please put on a name badge when you arrive for the meeting. (Materials will be at the raffle table.)
Membership Dues for 2010 Though you may find yourself writing "2009" on checks and letters for the next several weeks, a quick glance at the calendar will reveal that it is indeed 2010. With the new year comes the opportunity to renew membership in the Richmond Civil War Round Table. We have an exciting line-up of speakers for 2010 featuring some of America's most respected historians. We hope you will support the RCWRT by renewing your membership at this time. By paying your dues you enable the Round Table to continue to present the enlightening and entertaining programs we've enjoyed in the past. Please select a membership category from the list below. The Sustaining Member category is an entirely voluntary option for those members who choose to increase their support of our organization. As in years past, the Ides of March (March 15) is the deadline for payment of dues. Select one category: < > $50 - Sustaining member (voluntary) < > $35 - Resident member < > $45 - Resident couple < > $20 - Non-resident member (50+ miles outside of Richmond) < > $25 - Non-resident couple < > $20 - Senior member (65 and older with at least 10 years of membership) < > $25 - Senior couple < > $20 - Student member (age 13-17) You may make your payment at the January meeting or mail your check to: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary P.O. Box 37052 Richmond, VA 23234 Thank you for your continued support of the Richmond Civil War Round Table!
RCWRT OFFICERS FOR THE NEW YEAR - 2010 At the December meeting of the Richmond Civil War Round Table, members approved the slate of officers recommended by the Executive Committee. Officers for 2010 are: Davis Wrinkle - President David Whitehead - 1st Vice President Jack Mountcastle - 2nd Vice President Sandy Parker - Secretary Richard Grosse - Treasurer Gary Cowardin - Webmaster/Newsletter Editor Also elected to the Executive Committee were Jack Ackerly, John Coski and Bobby Krick as the At-Large members.
A Word from President Elect Davis Wrinkle At the December meeting president elect, Davis Wrinkle made the following remarks: Recognizing the many noteworthy leaders who have held this gavel humbles me. Yet I accept this responsibility and with your help and support will work to continue the excellence of the RCWRT. I believe the club is positioned for another good year in 2010. Membership is strong and with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaching interest in all CW activities is increasing. Let me assure you Davis (Whitehead), Jack (Mountcastle), and I are totally committed to making this a good year for the Round Table. The most important ingredient to our club's success is you, your participation and support. This year your officers want to challenge each of you to consider the club's many activities and to share your thoughts on where we might improve. Consider club activities such as meetings, field trips, programs and speakers, the Newsletter, and others. As good as we are we believe there is always room for improvement. Your club officers and Executive Committee truly want your suggestions. Note: To help in this members' input, attached to the printed newsletter is a Club Survey. For those of you on the web site click here: RCWRT 2010 questionnaire and print the page(s). Please take the time to complete it and give it to one of the officers or sent it to: David C. Whitehead 4305 Cary St. Richmond, VA 23221 H) 562-2666
Some Upcoming Events
University of Richmond offers course on The Civil War entitled "At Gettysburg with Lee's Army" that meets 7:00 - 9:00 PM on five consecutive Monday nights, March 1 - 29, 2010. This noncredit course is led by Round Table member Jack Mountcastle, the Army's former Chief of Military History. The cost of the non-credit course is $169.00. Registration is currently in progress. For details call U of R's School of Continuing Studies at 289-8133 or visit:
Now - at the Virginia Historical Society A New Exhibition on John Brown's Raid October 10, 2009 through April 11, 2010
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and their Events Calendar
Visit the The Museum of the Confederacy Online and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2010
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Richmond Civil War Round Table Newsletter Gary Cowardin, Editor 1404 Lorraine Ave. Richmond, VA 23227-3735

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