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Doug Crenshaw, President            Gary Cowardin, Editor    
3354 Burnett Field Drive            1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Mechanicsville, VA 23111            Richmond, VA 23227-3735           

"The Battle of Glendale" by Doug Crenshaw 7:30pm, Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 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. Doug Crenshaw studied history at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond. A volunteer for the Richmond National Battlefield Park, he is a Board member of the Richmond Battlefield Association, a member of the Richmond Civil War Round Table, and is a speaker, presenter, and tour leader. His book, Fort Harrison and The Battle of Chaffin's Farm, was nominated in the non-fiction category for a Library of Virginia Literary award. Doug has also written The Battle of Glendale: Robert E. Lee's Lost Opportunity, and Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up!, a survey and tour of the Seven Days campaign, which was a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing award. Doug has just completed a guidebook on Civil War Richmond with Bert Dunkerly, is finishing up a book on the Peninsula Campaign with Drew Gruber, and is also working on a book about The Seven Days. Meeting Attendance for the January Meeting: 86 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 New President
I've been reading a fascinating book given to me by Rob Monroe entitled The Second Civil War, which chronicles the history of the Civil War preservation movement. As little as 30 years ago, historic land was disappearing at an unprecedented rate. A number of concerned lovers of history decided that something had to be done, and a group met to form an organization to attempt to preserve historic sites. People like the late Brian Pohanka, Don Pfanz, Bob Krick, A. Wilson Greene, Dennis Frye, Jack Ackerly and Gary Gallagher met and organized the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (APCWS). Although they had no financial base, they were undeterred. In the year that followed their efforts would multiply greatly. Annie Snyder led the fight to save Manassas. The Civil War Preservation Trust evolved from organizations like this, and now has expanded to become the American Battlefield Trust, which also saves key lands from the Revolution and the War of 1812. Other groups exist, such as the Richmond Battlefields Association (RBA) and the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. These organizations have done an incredible job. Parcels such as the Slaughter Pen at Fredericksburg and Brandy Station have narrowly escaped development. One acre of saved land at Glendale is now 679. Malvern Hill has grown from 130 acres to 953. Gaines's Mill has gone from 65 acres to 341. Large tracts have been saved at Cold Harbor, and some 750 acres at North Anna have escaped destruction. In addition to the work of the Trust, the local RBA has saved land at Cold Harbor, Gaines's Mill, Fort Harrison, Beaver Dam Creek and Deep Bottom. By all groups, more than 23,000 acres have been saved all over Virginia! This is amazing work, and much of it has been accomplished thanks to the donations of members like you. If you get a chance to join the effort, consider it. If you have a chance to contribute, please do. But most of all, please visit these sites. There is so much to see and learn, and we should never forget the men who fought and died on these lands. Doug
Our 2020 Speakers List is now Online RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2020 Great lineup - Thanks Ulli
A Message from our Secretary Andy Keller Join me in welcoming our two newest members: Janice Jones Johnson Childress Dues are due by February 15th, $35 for individuals and $45 for couples. There is no new initiation fee if you want to add your spouse so the add on cost is only $10.00. There will be a box at the back of the room that you can use to pay your dues but if you want to pay in cash see me so I can give you a receipt. Dues may be paid as late as February 15 without incurring the $10 late fee (It was reduced from $25 in October). You do not need to fill out a new membership form, but if you have had a change of name, address, telephone or email then you should let me know that so we can update our records. You can email that to me at: My mailing address is: Andy Keller (RCWRT) 9701 Fireside Drive Glen Allen, VA 23060-6280 I hope you will renew and invite a friend to join as well. Andy 2020 RCWRT Constitution
Upcoming Events/Links
National Park Service Richmond
Richmond Battlefields Association News & Events
Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2020
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