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February 2014 -
Bruce Venter, President                Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2315 Bexley Wood Run                   1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Goochland, VA 23063                    Richmond, VA 23227-3735                  

Ernie Price "Going home from Appomattox" 7:30pm, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 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 steps into the DINING HALL on the left. Ernie is originally from Forest, Virginia (near Lynchburg) and now lives in Concord with his wife and 6 year old daughter. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Longwood College and Masters of Education from Lynchburg College. While in school, he worked numerous summer seasonal jobs in the National Park Service at Appomattox Court House, Richmond National Battlefield, and Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site. After a stint of teaching English in South Korea, Ernie returned to the U.S. and began a permanent career with the NPS in 1997, starting on the National Mall. After three years on the Mall, he moved over to Ford's Theatre and then to the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tupelo, Mississippi. In April, 2008, Ernie returned home as the chief of visitor services and education at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Meeting Attendance for: January 2014 = 92 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 It's February. Many people might think of our two most famous presidents-George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Some may think of Cupid. This particular February my mind recollects names from perhaps the most infamous raid of the Civil War-Kilpatrick, Dahlgren, Hampton, Davis, Johnson and McAnerney. One hundred and fifty years ago this month, 3,500 Federal cavalrymen led by Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick and Col. Ulric Dahlgren set out from Culpeper County to free some 13,000 Union POWs held in Richmond. But a more sinister motive accompanied the raiders: they were to burn down the city and capture or kill the Confederacy's president, Jefferson Davis. Many factors separated the Yankees from their goal, none less than the courageous leadership of Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton and Capt. John McAnerney. If the weather turns cold this month, or we get torrential rain, sleet or snow, take a minute to think of the boys in Blue and Gray who attacked or defended Richmond on a night "as dark as a stack of black cats." Their feet were "numb as steak" and their overcoats would stand up with no one in them. They were wet, cold and exhausted, but they did their duty for the side they thought was right. Some did it not a mile west of where we meet each month. Bruce
RCWRT Board of Directors for 2014 President: Bruce Venter 1st VP: Bert Dunkerly 2nd VP: Bill Welsch Secretary: Sandy Parker Treasurer: Richard Grosse Newsletter Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin The immediate Past President: Brent Morgan And three former Round Table Presidents elected to complete the 2014 board: Jack Ackerly Robert E L Krick Jack Mountcastle
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 11 and March 11 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
Save the Date for the Upcoming RCWRT 2014 FIELD TRIP Preliminary Trip Information - The trip will be on Saturday, June 21 from 8:30 until 4:30. We'll trace the Bermuda Hundred Campaign of 1864, including the battles of Port Walthall Junction, Chester Station, and Woolridge Hill. Our guide will be author, preservationist, and Civil War Trust awardee George Fickett. George is a long time student of the campaign. Details to follow.
15th ANNUAL APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK and LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY FREE CIVIL WAR SEMINAR 1864 Saturday, March 15, 2014 For more information contact Dr. David Coles at 434-395-2220 or Patrick Schroeder at 434-352-8987, Ext. 232 JARMAN AUDITORIUM LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY FARMVILLE, VIRGINIA For directions:
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Hard War in the Old Dominion . . . the Civil War in 1864 Vrginia Historical Society's Civil War Sesquicentennial Lecture for 2014 The VHS is offering a 2-part Thursday evening lecture dealing with the Civil War in Virginia. On March 6th and 13th, BG (Ret) Jack Mountcastle will discuss the major events of 1864. The first session will focus upon the costly battles between Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac during the Overland Campaign and the failure of the Federal forces to capture Petersburg in the summer of 1864. The second session will concentrate on Confederate and Union activities in the Shenandoah Valley, from the battle of New Market in May through Sheridan's triumph at Cedar Creek in October 1864. The lectures are scheduled for 5:30-7:00 PM. The fee for the 2-part Sesquicentennial lecture is $50 for VHS members. The fee for visitors is $65. You may register on-line at this link in
Upcoming Events Links Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
NPS Richmond - Sesquicentennial - 1864/2014
Chesterfield Historical Society Winter Lecture Series
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 2014
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