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February 2004 PROGRAM
Dr. Charles Cooke,
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 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
$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
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
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
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
www.richmond.edu. Choose "Continuing Studies," then look at
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Richmond Civil War Round Table Newsletter
Rob Monroe, Editor
2416 Edenbrook Dr.
Richmond, VA 23228-3040