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February 2010 -
Davis Wrinkle, Pres.                   Gary Cowardin, Editor    
7741 Rockfalls Dr.                     1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23225                     Richmond, VA 23227-3735                  

February 2010 Program Myths, Misconceptions and Mistakes of the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond Dr. Bruce M. Venter 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 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. Over the years, myths and legends have grown up around one of the most controversial cavalry raids of the Civil War: the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in 1864. Similarly, our speaker has spent years trying to unravel the mysteries surrounding this raid and the colorful characters involved in it. The raid's proximity to the Richmond area should make it an interesting topic for many RCWRT members. Bruce M. Venter's major interest is Union cavalry, with particular research emphasis on the career of General Judson Kilpatrick. He has lectured at numerous cavalry conferences and Civil War Round Tables on this controversial cavalry leader. He has also led bus tours of the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid. He is currently a partner in Stars & Stripes Events, LLC, an American history tour company which offers in-depth battlefield tours of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the Indian Wars out west. In March 2003, Blue & Gray magazine published his article on the "Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond." He is completing a book-length study of the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid for publication-very soon. He has written for Civil War magazine, the Washington Times and was a book reviewer for North & South and Civil War News. His latest article for Blue & Gray, on the second battle at Reams' Station was entitled "Hancock the (Not So) Superb." He maintains membership in three Round Tables and numerous preservation groups, including the Brandy Station Foundation, Richmond Battlefield Association and the CWPT. He currently serves on the Goochland County Sesquicentennial Committee. Dr. Venter holds a B.A. in history from Manhattan College, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University at Albany. He lives in Goochland County-"Dahlgren Country"-with his wife Lynne and their beagle, Sally Seddon.
NOTE: Please put on a name badge when you arrive for the meeting. (Materials will be at the raffle table.)
Reminder - Membership Dues for 2010 are Due by March 15th Update: as of 1/23/10 we have 80 paid up members. Please select a membership category from the list below. The Sustaining Member category is an entirely voluntary option for those members who choose to increase their support of our organization. As in years past, the Ides of March (March 15) is the deadline for payment of dues. Select one category: < > $50 - Sustaining member (voluntary) < > $35 - Resident member < > $45 - Resident couple < > $20 - Non-resident member (50+ miles outside of Richmond) < > $25 - Non-resident couple < > $20 - Senior member (65 and older with at least 10 years of membership) < > $25 - Senior couple < > $20 - Student member (age 13-17) You may make your payment at the February meeting or mail your check to: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary P.O. Box 37052 Richmond, VA 23234 Thank you for your continued support of the Richmond Civil War Round Table!
From the Preservation Committee Report Jack Ackerly, Chairman There is changing focus of sponsors of Civil War seminars away from primarily military topics to more social and political subjects. While Ackerly thought most folks were more interested in subjects such as Jackson's flank attack at Chancellorsville; Brandy Station, the largest Cavalry battle on this continent, etc., the Sesquicentennial Commission, supported by the Virginia Historical Society and others, were emphasizing the causes of the War, women on the home front, the activities of slaves during the War, the results of the War, etc. Delegate Scott Lingamfelter of Woodbridge was influential on the Commission in preserving military subjects to create a better balance, according to Ackerly. This past December the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, following three annual military seminars, had a social/political seminar in Staunton which seemed to be well received. The SVBF Seminar was also attended by RCWT members Bernie Fisher, John Marakovitz, Jack Mountcastle and Bill Welsch. It will be interesting to compare attendance figures between the military and the social seminars as the year progresses concluded Ackerly.
Please Complete Our Survey Before the Next Meeting To help in RCWRT members' input, attached to last month's printed newsletter is a Club Survey. For those of you on the web site click here: RCWRT 2010 questionnaire and print the page(s). Please take the time to complete it and give it to one of the officers at the next meeting or send it to: David C. Whitehead 4305 Cary St. Richmond, VA 23221 H) 562-2666
Some Upcoming Events
University of Richmond offers course on The Civil War entitled "At Gettysburg with Lee's Army" that meets 7:00 - 9:00 PM on five consecutive Monday nights, March 1 - 29, 2010. This noncredit course is led by Round Table member Jack Mountcastle, the Army's former Chief of Military History. The cost of the non-credit course is $169.00. Registration is currently in progress. For details call U of R's School of Continuing Studies at 289-8133 or visit:
Now - at the Virginia Historical Society A New Exhibition on John Brown's Raid October 10, 2009 through April 11, 2010
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and their Events Calendar
Visit the The Museum of the Confederacy Online and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2010
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Richmond Civil War Round Table Newsletter Gary Cowardin, Editor 1404 Lorraine Ave. Richmond, VA 23227-3735

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