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January 2015 -
Bert Dunkerly, President               Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2814 E Franklin St.                    1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23223                     Richmond, VA 23227-3735                     

Doug Crenshaw "Fort Harrison and The Battles for Chaffin's Farm" 7:30pm, Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 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 right and up a few steps into the DINING HALL on the left. Doug Crenshaw Early in the morning of September 29, 1864, two Union corps under the command of Benjamin Butler crossed the James with the goal of overwhelming Robert E. Lee's army and capturing Richmond.The Confederate defenders were vastly outnumbered; many were inexperienced and they were without coordinated leadership. Fort Harrison and the other works in the Chaffin's Farm area were the keys to the defense. What ensued was a contest between the resilience of the Confederates and the Union's ability to capitalize on one of its greatest opportunities. Doug Crenshaw is a strategic IT sourcing manager who has studied history at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond. A volunteer for the Richmond National Battlefield Park, Crenshaw is an avid history enthusiast. He is a member of the Richmond Civil War Roundtable, and is a speaker, presenter and tour leader. His first book, Fort Harrison and The Battle of Chaffin's Farm, was nominated in the nonfiction category for a Library of Virginia Literary award. Meeting Attendance for: December 2014 = 66 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.)
2015 Executive Committee Our December meeting was the occasion for the annual business meeting of the RCWRT and election of members of the Executive Committee. The results for the 2015 are: President - Robert Dunkerly 1st VP - Bill Welsch 2nd VP - Troy Arnold Secretary - Sandy Parker Treasurer - Richard Grosse Webmaster and Newsletter Editor - Gary Cowardin Former Round Table Presidents - Jack Ackerly, Robert E.L. Krick, Jack Mountcastle
Message from Our President JANUARY. Welcome to 2015! I hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays and got to spend time with family and friends (and maybe got some new Civil War books..). I first want to thank the membership for your confidence in me as your President. In looking at the schedule that Bill Welsch has put together, we will have an exciting year! I also want to emphasize that this is your round table. A great deal happens behind the scenes and many people commit their time to make it work (and look seamless). That said, I'd like to ask that you consider serving as an officer - either now or in the future. Or step up to volunteer, we have many tasks that don't require a great deal of time (some do, we'll let you know!) And since this is your round table, I welcome your thoughts. Please feel free to call or email me anytime with suggestions, improvements, ideas, etc. Bert
It's that time again - Dues Due! 2015 Dues Period for Members is January 1 - March 15, 2015. $35 Resident Individual $20 Non-resident Individual (lives 50 miles outside of Richmond) $45 Resident couple $25 Non-resident couple (lives 50 miles outside of Richmond) $20 Senior member (over the age of 65 and has 10 years of membership with RCWRT) $25 Senior couple (residency, age, and membership as indicated above apply) $20 Student member (13 - 20 years of age) Individuals/Couples seeking membership can print an application from the RCWRT website. Select a resident/non-resident individual/couple status and pay a one time initiation fee of $25 in addition to their prospective membership status. Membership Form All checks are written to RCWRT and can be mailed to Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary, 2425 Falkirk Drive, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 or save the stamp and give your check to her at January's meeting. Sandy
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Civil War Trust For the latest CWT news visit:
Upcoming Events/Links Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
NPS Richmond - Sesquicentennial - 1864/2015
Chesterfield Historical Society Winter Lecture Series
Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Richmond Battlefields Association News & Events
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 2015

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