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February 2008
John Coski, President                  Rob Monroe, Editor       
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February 2008 PROGRAM Robert K. Krick "The Myths of the Won Causes" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 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. A widespread belief among modern historians is that post-Civil War Southerners spent decades inventing history, and accordingly what they said cannot be believed-especially if they are talking about heroic figures such as R. E. Lee. Our February speaker Robert K. Krick sees things differently. He doesn't question the fact that old-age memories are afflicted by wavering; but he sees this as entirely predictable and common to the late-life recollections of soldiers from all wars-Won Causes as well as Lost Causes. In fact, says Krick, the insistence that Southerners engaged in a conscious conspiracy probably tells us more about authors who espouse that point of view than it does about the old vets themselves. A well-known speaker and battlefield tour guide, Bob Krick grew up in Northern California; however, he has lived and worked on east coast battlefields for more than four decades. For 30 years he was Chief Historian of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Krick is the author of 16 books, among them Conquering the Valley: Stonewall Jackson at Port Republic and The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy: The Death of Stonewall Jackson and Other Chapters on the Army of Northern Virginia. His book Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain won three national awards, including the Douglas Southall Freeman Prize for Best Book in Southern History. His latest book is Civil War Weather in Virginia, which was published last fall. From 2003 to 2006, he worked under contract on the National Museum of the Marine Corps, writing most of the words on the walls of that new museum.
Sergeant's Identity to be Argued at "Trial" Precisely who is buried in grave number 4824 at Poplar Grove National Cemetery south of Petersburg? Cemetery records show a "Sgt. J. Richie, Company H, 14th New York Infantry, killed on April 9, 1865," and originally buried and exhumed from Appomattox Station. It is also known that a Sgt. IVY Ritchie of the 14th North Carolina was killed on April 9th in the final battle at Appomattox Court House. Are they one and the same or is this just a coincidence? In 2002, members of the Ivy Ritchie Camp 1734, Sons of Confederate Veterans, requested the National Park Service, which administers the cemetery, allow them to exhume the remains of grave #4824 and remove them back to North Carolina. NPS policy would not permit this action. However, the park superintendent decided that there might be an amenable way through dialogue to address this controversial issue to the satisfaction of both organizations. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, in the courtroom of the original pre-Civil War Dinwiddie courthouse, a mock trial, open to the public, will be held. Both sides will be presenting evidence to determine whether it is beyond a "reasonable doubt" which Richie (or Ritchie) is actually in grave #4824. After that determination is made, the headstone will be appropriately marked when Poplar Grove National Cemetery is rehabilitated in 2013. Park superintendent Bob Kirby will act as moderator while Chief of Interpretation Chris Calkins will perform the role as lawyer for the defense. Anthony Way, of the Ivy Ritchie Camp 1734, Sons of Confederate Veterans, along with other members of the camp, will represent that organization as the plaintiffs. The judges selected to preside over this unique trial are: A. Wilson Greene, president, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier; John Latschar, Superintendent, Gettysburg National Military Park; and Patrick Schroeder, Historian, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.
University of Richmond Offers Course on the Civil War at Sea The University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies will offer a course titled "Battle Flags and Broadsides: The Sailors' Civil War" that meets 7-9 p.m. on four consecutive Monday nights, beginning on March 31. The course will discuss major figures in the Confederate and Union navies and key battles. It will highlight the widespread introduction of new weapons and technical innovations by naval forces that were used in the war at sea, on America's mighty rivers, and along the ocean coasts. The course will examine the race to create and employ ironclad warships, the struggle to control ports critical for commerce, and the innovations that demonstrated the genius and dedication of the warring nations. In addition to class meetings, on Saturday, April 26 there will be a bus trip to the scene of the Battle of the Ironclads at Hampton Roads, the Monitor Center at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, and to the Drewry's Bluff battle site. The cost of the course, led by Richmond Civil War Round Table member Jack Mountcastle, the U.S. Army's former Chief of Military History, is $169. For further details call UR's School of Continuing Studies at 289-8133 or visit their website at Click on "Continuing Studies" and then select the "Think Again" noncredit course catalog's section on Personal Enrichment History Courses.
Symposium to Focus on Davis On Saturday, February 23, The Museum of the Confederacy and The Library of Virginia will co-sponsor an all-day symposium featuring four lectures and a panel discussion examining the life, career, and legacy of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. This year's symposium represents an opportunity to introduce Davis to the American public. The symposium offers an impressive line-up of distinguished Davis scholars including: Joan E. Cashin, author of First Lady of the South: Varina Davis's Civil War; Donald E. Collins, author of The Death and Resurrection of Jefferson Davis; William J. Cooper, author of Jefferson Davis, American; and William C. Davis, author of Jefferson Davis, The Man and His Hour: A Biography. The Museum of the Confederacy is observing 2008 as the 200th birthday of Jefferson Davis. Many only know Davis as the political leader of the South during the Civil War. His appointment to West Point, his commission to the Army by President Andrew Jackson, and his time spent in U.S. politics all testify to the depth of Davis's life and patriotic career. The symposium will be held at the Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St., Richmond, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $35 for members of the Museum of the Confederacy and Library of Virginia donors, and $45 for others. Reservations and advanced payment are required. Please visit or call (804) 649-1861 ext. 32 to register.
Longwood to Host Seminar on Davis and Lincoln Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and the Department of History and Political Science at Longwood University will present the Ninth Annual Civil War Seminar, Saturday, March 1. Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis will be the focus of this year's seminar. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. on the campus of Longwood University in the Hull Building, room 132. The seminar is free and open to the public, no registration is necessary. Signs will be posted on the campus and lunch is available in the university's dining hall. The following is a list of times, speakers, and topics: 9:00 a.m. Doors open 9:20 a.m. Introduction by Dr. David Coles, History Professor, Longwood University 9:30 a.m. Waite Rawls III-"Jeff Davis and the White House of the Confederacy" 10:30 a.m. Dan Storck as "Abraham Lincoln" 11:30 a.m. Robert Bosler-"Jeff Davis and the Secret History of the Confederacy" 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Lunch 1:45 p.m. NPS Ranger Eric Martin-"The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater" 2:45 p.m. Don Collins- "The Resurrection and Death of Jefferson Davis" 3:45 p.m. Question and Answer Session For directions to the campus go to . For more information contact Dr. David Coles at (434) 395-2220 or Patrick Schroeder at (434) 352-8987, ext. 32
RCWRT Dues for 2008 It is time once again to renew your membership in the Richmond Civil War Round Table. The 2008 dues reflect the $5 across-the-board increase approved by the members last October. Also, please note the introduction of a new membership category, "Sustaining Member." This is an entirely voluntary option for those members who choose to increase their support of our organization. The Ides of March (March 15) is the deadline for payment of 2008 dues. Select one category: o $50 - Sustaining member (voluntary) o $35 - Resident member o $45 - Resident couple o $20 - Non-resident member (75 miles outside of Richmond) o $25 - Non-resident couple o $20 - Senior member (65 and older with at least 10 years of membership) o $25 - Senior couple o $20 - Student member (age 13-17) o $35 - International member o $45 - International couple You can make payment at the January, February or March meetings or mail your check to: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary P.O. Box 37052 Richmond, VA 23234 Thank you for your continued support for the Richmond Civil War Round Table!
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