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Elaine Duckworth, President         Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2508 Hanover Avenue                 1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23220                  Richmond, VA 23227-3735           

Confederate Connections at Shockoe Cemetery by Alyson Lindsey Taylor-White 7:30pm, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 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. Alyson is an award-winning journalist, historian and educator with deep roots in Virginia. She was editor of the magazine the Virginia Review for 25 years where she traveled all over Virginia interviewing state and local officials from local courthouses to the statehouse in Richmond. This work, and the wonderful people she met along the way, resulted in valuable insights into Virginia's rich history. In 2011, she became accredited as an adjunct instructor at the University of Richmond. She has since created and taught a curriculum for both the School of Professional and Continuing Studies and the Osher Institute. These courses are for busy individuals who desire to learn more about and engage with their community. She has served on many nonprofit boards of directors including the Press Women of Virginia and the Eppington Foundation. She has worked with and for most major museums in the Richmond region, and continues to develop skills as a historical educator and interpreter at sites like the Library of Virginia, Virginia Historical Society, John Marshall House, St. John's Church, Valentine Museum, and Edgar Allan Poe Museum. Shockoe Hill Cemetery, A Richmond Landmark History was recently published by History Press of Charleston, South Carolina. The oldest city-owned burial ground was founded in 1822, and is the resting place of many fascinating occupants including Chief Justice John Marshall, Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew, and Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco. Just about everyone Edgar Allan Poe loved (and some he did not love) are there as well. Meeting Attendance for January: 56 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 Alyson Lindsey Taylor-White has done a great service to Richmond by writing a book about a significant part of our city's history, Shockhoe Hill Cemetery. In chapter 6, "Shockhoe Soldiers," she reminds us, "So who were these soldiers? They were someone's brother, father, uncle, cousin, sweetheart, and cousin." Alyson continues, "They were sometimes fortunate enough to make it through the perils of war, to live a long life and die surrounded by loved ones. Others were not so fortunate. Some died far from home and before their time and are only just now receiving headstones and memorials to mark their deeds" (p. 94). Though recent studies may put the number of dead higher, according to the Civil War Trust an estimated 620,000 soldiers and sailors perished in the Civil War. The number of men who died in captivity during the Civil War is almost equal to the total number of deaths during the Vietnam War. Every February I pause to remember Lemuel Duckworth, my 2nd-great uncle who died in Richmond a Belle Isle prisoner on or about February 3rd, 1865. Through some detective work of my own, I learned that the closest I can get to Lemuel's grave is the Unknown Section 3-A of the Richmond National Cemetery. My hope for you this February is that you will remember the sacrifice and service of an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. Or perhaps you'd like to embark on the journey of searching for family records to discover more about your family's story. It is a labor of love certainly worth the effort. Speaking of effort and labors of love, I'd like to take a moment to singularly recognize Sandy Parker's steadfast commitment to the RCWRT. Sandy served as president in 1980 and then took over as our Secretary in the intervening 38 years. Please thank her when you see her at our February meeting. Also, I invite you to welcome family, friends, and neighbors to join us and consider becoming a member of our thriving organization. Starting in 2017, the RCWRT board voted to make an annual donation to the Civil War Trust, a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation of Civil War battlefields and education. I encourage you to explore the CWT's exceptional website for the first time or for those of you who are accustomed to using it, to check out its updates. It truly provides a treasure trove at our fingertips! Elaine
2018 Membership and Information Form 2018 RCWRT membership dues are being collected through April 1. Individual member dues is $35. Couples members dues are $45. Dues will be collected at the February and March meetings for the amounts stated above. Checks should be addressed to RCWRT. Cash in exact amounts will be appreciated. Using the link below open the .pdf file print and fill it out then either bring it to the meeting along with payment or mail it to Sandy @: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary 2425 Falkirk Drive North Chesterfield, VA 23236 2018 Membership and Members Contact Information .pdf Form (Click the link above and the .pdf form should open ready for printing.) Dues postmarked April 2 forward are considered late. A $25 late fee will be added to individual and couple memberships. $60 = individual and $70 = couple membership. New members are welcome throughout the year. A one time initiation fee of $25 is added to the $35 individual or $45 couple membership dues. Please follow the instructions on the members form on the RCWRT website.
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