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January 2012 -
Jack Mountcastle                       Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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Michael L. Strauss, AG "Confederate Pirates In Maine: The Capture and Destruction of the Revenue Cutter Caleb Cushing" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 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. Michael L. Strauss, AG is an Accredited Genealogist for the Eastern States Region with the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (Since 1995). A native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, he has been an avid genealogist for more than 35 years. Michael holds a BA in History and is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. He has worked with the Coast Guard Station Museum in Virginia Beach, VA as a research archivist. He has been a lifelong Civil War enthusiast. He does several presentations about the Civil War each year. Michael conducts a genealogical research network and can be found at In addition to being a historical researcher and genealogist he serves as an expert witness and kinship investigator in several states. Michael received a Research Grant from the Foundation for Coast Guard History, Seattle, Washington in 2005 and did his thesis on this topic. His program offers a change in subject matter and locale and will prove of great interest to our membership. Be sure to come early to get a good seat. Meeting Attendance: December 2011 = 82 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 NEW President Dear RCWRT members, We are looking forward to a grand year in the Richmond Civil War Round Table in 2012 as Virginia continues to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Brent Morgan has lined up some excellent speakers and I am certain that our newly elected 2nd Vice President, Bruce Venter, will plan an enjoyable and interesting annual trip. Hope you'll join us for our first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, 10 January 2012, when we will honor our outgoing President, Dr. David Whitehead. At our January meeting, I will have two questions for you. I would appreciate your thinking about the following: 1. Would you be inclined to change our meeting time from 8:00 PM to 7:30 PM? 2. Shall we have a November dinner meeting again in 2012? Best wishes to each and every one of you for the Happiest of New Years! John "Jack" W. Mountcastle, President
Your New RCWRT Officers/Executive Committee, Elected for 2012: President: Jack Mountcastle 1st VP: Brent Morgan 2nd VP: Bruce Venter Secretary: Sandy Parker Treasurer: Richard Grosse Newsletter/Webmaster: Gary Cowardin Additional members: Jack Ackerly, John Coski, Robert E. L. Krick and the Immediate Past President: David C. Whitehead, Jr.
A Note from Sandy about RCWRT Dues March 15, 2012 is the deadline for this year's RCWRT Membership Dues: $35 Resident Rate $45 Resident Couple Rate $20 Non-Resident as well as Senior dues rate $25 Non-Resident couple as well as Senior couple dues rate $20 Student Rate Sustaining member is an individual who pays above the due rate..usually $50. Resident member is defined as living in the Richmond area. Non-Resident member is defined as living 50 miles outside of Richmond. Student member is defined as being between the ages of 13 - 17 years old. Senior member is defined as being over the age of 65 years with 10 years of membership in the RCWRT. New applicants pay a one time only $25 initiation fee in addition to annual dues upon submitting application.
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Upcoming Events
Lecture Series at the Virginia Historical Society February 9, 16, and 23, 2012 Time: 5:30-7:00 pm Fighting for Survival: The Civil War in 1862 By Brig. Gen. John W. Mountcastle (USA, Ret.) To register for classes online, click: For more information, call 804-342-9676, or Email: Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and their Events Calendar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2012
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