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February 2013 -
Brent Morgan, President                Gary Cowardin, Editor    
9091 Pantego Lane                      1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Mechanicsville, VA 23116               Richmond, VA 23227-3735               

John V. Quarstein "Damn the Torpedoes!" The Battle of Mobile Bay 7:30pm, Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 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 stairs into the DINING HALL <<<< Dr. John V. Quarstein, an award-winning author and preservationist, is a much sought after speaker on all periods of American history, especially Civil War naval history. Two of his most recent books are The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender and The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union's First Ironclad. He is the author of fifteen books including A History of Ironclads: the Power of Iron Over Wood. He is a consultant to the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia and serves of the boards of the Virginia Civil War Trails, Fort Monroe Area Authority and the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission Advisory Board. No one paints a better verbal picture of Civil War naval combat than John Quarstein. Meeting Attendance for: January 2013 = 77 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.)
Message from Our President Wasn't that a terrific presentation by our own, Bill Welsch, last month? Undoubtedly Bill is the expert on Samuel Cooper. This was a man he just decided to learn something more about and he did. I suppose that many of us have had such challenges from time to time but for various reasons did not pursue them. Why not make 2013 a year of Civil War Research or any type of research for that matter? Let us know who or what you are researching. There are a lot of people in RCWRT who need the thanks of us all. This month I will just list two, Sandra Parker and Gary Cowardin. Sandra does a top notch job of maintaining our membership records. If you have not renewed make her job a bit easier by renewing right now. Gary does our electronic newsletter every month and he is always at hand when we have a technical question. Please let Sandra and Gary know how much you appreciate them. Bruce Venter has another great speaker for us this month. John Quarstein will be speaking about the Battle of Mobile Bay. You won't want to miss this one. See you on the 12th! Brent
Don't let the Ides of March (15th) come and go without paying your RCWRT dues! Rates for dues are as follows: $35 Resident member $25 Resident couple members Resident is defined as an individual or couple who resides within a 50 mile radius of Richmond. $20 Non-Resident member $25 Non- Resident couple Non-Resident is defined as an individual or couple who resides outside of the 50 mile radius from Richmond. Senior Member $20 Senior member is defined as an individual who is over the age of 65 years and has been a RCWRT member for the last ten years (since s/he was 55 years old). Senior Couple $25 Senior couple is defined as a couple who has one partner who meets the definition of a senior member. Checks can be made out to RCWRT. Checks and cash payments can be made at the February 12 and March 12 meetings. Dues can be mailed in check form only to: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary, 2425 Falkirk Drive, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 If you have any questions about your due payment, please contact me at with RCWRT dues as the subject line or call me at 804-276-7867 Thanks, Sandy
From the MOC & the Library of Virginia Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 Person of the Year 1863: the 2013 Symposium The Panelists for the 2013 Symposium are: Edward L. Ayers, President, University of Richmond Kent Masterson Brown, historian and attorney, Lexington, KY Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina Thomas Sebrell, Queen Mary, University of London Jennifer L. Weber, University of Kansas As always, the nominees themselves are kept secret until the day of the symposium. Tickets for the full-day symposium (including box lunch) are $35 for Museum members and Library donors, and $50 for the general public. You may register on the day of the symposium, but the registration fee will not include a box lunch. To register, click here or call (855) 649-1861 ext. 131
Civil War Books On Demand For those of you who are interested in public domain and some out-of-print CW books in the digital form might find this link interesting:
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Upcoming Events Links Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
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 2013
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