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February 2004
First Vice President:          Rob Monroe, Editor     
Richard Forrester               2416 Edenbrook Dr.     
Second Vice President:            Richmond, VA 23228-3040
Shep Parsons                 

February 2004 PROGRAM Dr. Charles Cooke, "Chimborazo Hospital" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 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. Dr. Charles Lee Cooke, a native of North Carolina, received his B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently resides in Richmond where he has practiced medicine for many years. Dr. Cooke has long studied medicine and diseases (effects and causes) during the Civil War. He has been cited as the source for medical information in Civil War fiction and non-fiction books. For years he has been involved with the War Institute at Virginia Tech. While in Blacksburg he has worked with Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson. In each of the past years, Dr. Cooke has delivered a paper to the group. Recently when Dr. Robertson was in town and informed that Dr. Cooke would be the RCWRT speaker, Dr. Robertson replied, "Dr. Cooke is an excellent speaker and you are very fortunate to have him." Dr. Cooke is known for his wit and humor as well as his deep knowledge of his favorite subject, medicine during the Civil War. His insight into the life and condition at Chimborazo Hospital should be most informative.
Field Trip Sells Out The February RCWRT field trip of Dahlgren's Raid has sold out. Those who have signed up should meet on Saturday morning, February 28 at 9:00 in the parking lot of the Virginia Historical Society. Lunch will be provided and the bus should return by 4:30 that afternoon.
Review of the January Program
John Chodes
John Chodes spoke at the January meeting of the Round Table on the topic of Abraham Lincoln vs. New York. Chodes explained that Lincoln fought a civil war against not only the seceded Southern states, but also against the six Northern states controlled by Democrats. Chodes argued that Lincoln wanted to impose martial law in New York and unconstitutional arrests were part of the "quasi-military rule." The July 1863 Draft Riot, Chodes contends, was not a spontaneous outburst but a defense by New Yorkers against the invasion of their city. He said these events were, in effect, "The Battle of New York City." Comparing the situations to Stalingrad and Berlin, Chodes stated that there were 8,400 casualties and at least 1,200 people killed in New York during the war. After the conflict, the Radical Republicans reconstructed New York along with other rebel states. The events ultimately led to changes in New York's constitution limiting power. The January meeting of the Round Table started off with the surprise announcement that our president, Art Bergeron, had accepted a new job out of state. Because he will be moving soon, Art is stepping down from the presidency of the RCWRT. On February 9 he will begin his new job as an archivist at the United States Army Military History Institute in Carlisle Barracks, PA. The Round Table thanks Art for all his contributions to the RCWRT and wishes him well in his new position. Various former Round Table Presidents will serve as President at the meetings on a rotating basis.
2004 Membership Dues
The yearly dues for the Richmond Civil War Round Table should be paid no later than March 1. The amount due is as follows: $30 - Resident Member $40 - Resident Couple (husband and wife) $15 - Non-resident Member $20 - Non-resident Couple (husband and wife) $15 - Student Member (age 13-17) $15 - Senior Member $20 - Senior Couple (husband and wife) Non-resident members are defined as living at least 75 miles outside of Richmond. Senior membership is defined as an individual or couple who are at least 65 years of age and have been members for at least ten years (singularly). Please send dues to: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary P.O. Box 37052 Richmond, VA 23234 Save a stamp and pay your dues at the February 10 meeting. Checks only please.
New Executive Director Begins at Museum of Confederacy
S. Waite Rawls III has become the new Executive Director of The Museum and White House of the Confederacy replacing Col. J.A. Barton Campbell who has retired and returned to the museum's Board of Trustees. Rawls assumed the position January 5 following a long career as an executive in the international investment and commercial banking industry. His parallel career in volunteering for historical and civic organizations includes long-term ongoing engagements as trustee of the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and member of the Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors. Rawls, 55, a native of Franklin, received a B.A. at Virginia Military Institute and was awarded an M.B.A. and J.D. by the University of Virginia. He has been active on many nonprofit boards and most recently led a start-up technology company in the Washington, D.C. area. Rawls is not yet ready to announce his goals for the museum, but he has expressed the desire to draw public attention to the last remaining documents and artifacts from this critical period that may be stored in attics and basements across the country. "In 20 years, these are going to be lost to future generations," he said. "We urgently need to help families conserve, preserve, and display this important material."
Upcomming Events
Speakers Set for Civil War Lectures Series The Museum of the Confederacy's 2004 Evening Series Lectures will focus on "The Hard Hand of War: Explorations into the Treatment of Civilians and Prisoners in the Civil War." On Wednesday, March 17, Dr. Mark Grimsley, Professor of History at Ohio State University, will speak on "Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians." On Wednesday, March 24, Dr. Mark E. Neely, Jr., Professor of History at Penn State University and senior historian in residence at the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center will present a talk on "The Fate of Civil Liberties in the Confederacy and the Union." On Wednesday, March 31, Dr. James M. Gillispie, history instructor at Sampson Community College in North Carolina will speak on "The Treatment of Prisoners." Lectures begin at 5:30 pm at the Library of Virginia auditorium, 800 E. Broad Street. Admission is $5, free for members of The Museum of the Confederacy and Library of Virginia donors.
Civil War Classes and Lectures Set for March at U of R There is still time to sign up for the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies course titled "Civil War in Virginia: The Cannons' Roar." Artillery will be the focus of this new course being taught by the RCWRT's own John Mountcastle. Classes will be from 7-9 pm on four Monday evenings in March. A day-long bus tour of selected Civil War sites will also be included. The tuition is $139. To enroll or to request more information, look for the "Think Again" catalog for Winter 2004, or call 804-289-8133. You may also visit the university's website at Choose "Continuing Studies," then look at "Non-credit Courses." Also at the University of Richmond, Daniel Sutherland will speak at the 2004 Douglas Southall Freeman lectures. A Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Sutherland will speak Thursday, March 18 on "Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in the Civil War" and Thursday, March 25 on "Coping with War in Culpeper, Virginia." Both lectures begin at 7:30 pm in Jepson Hall room 118.
Stuart's Birthday Recognized Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart will be remembered at a special birthday program in Hollywood Cemetery on Saturday morning, February 21. This free event will begin at 10:00. Email: for more information.
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2004
Newsletter Deadlines To facilitate the printing and timely distribution of the monthly newsletter, information for it should be submitted to the editors no later than the following dates: March newsletter February 27 April newsletter April 2 May newsletter April 30 June newsletter May 28 July newsletter July 2 August newsletter July 30 September newsletter September 3 October newsletter October 1 November newsletter October 29 December newsletter December 3 Information may be emailed to
Richmond Civil War Round Table Newsletter Rob Monroe, Editor 2416 Edenbrook Dr. Richmond, VA 23228-3040

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