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March 2003
Brag Bowling, President         Art Bergeron, Editor       
3019 Kensington Ave             3901 Paces Ferry Road   
Richmond, VA 23221              Chester, VA 23831-1239

March 2003 PROGRAM J. A. Barton Campbell "Is a Museum of the Confederacy Relevant?" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, 2003, 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. Colonel J. A. Barton Campbell became the Executive Director of the Museum of the Confederacy and White House in February 2002. Prior to that, he served on the Board of Trustees for the Museum and on the Annual Celebrate South Ball Committee/weekend since the first Bonnie Blue Ball. His prior experience included 29 years with Reynolds Metals Company in marketing and sales and 30+ years of an Army career that included assignments with the Active Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve. Upon retiring from Reynolds, he was Director of Membership and Marketing for the Reserve Officers Association, Washington, D. C. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he and his wife call Virginia "home." A graduate in engineering from Princeton University, Campbell was commissioned through ROTC in Field Artillery. He served with the 2nd Infantry Division, and upon departure from active duty, commenced what was to be almost three decades of a dual civilian/RC path. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and Army War College. His decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. Campbell has been a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans for over 40 years, to include serving as the Georgia Division commander, and founding member, subsequently camp commander, of the Jeb Stuart Camp #1343. He has two direct ancestors that served in the western theater: Major William P. Campbell, 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles, cited for gallantry at the Battle of Murfreesboro, where he lost a leg; and Colonel William A. Johnson, commander of the 4th Alabama Cavalry Regiment, in Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest's Cavalry Corps. Campbell was chairman of the SCV Centennial national reunion in Richmond in 1996. His wife boasts equal Confederate lineage on her side.
Review of the February Program
Dr. Mark A. Snell
In a somewhat unusual twist of fate, those attending the February meeting were treated to an insider's look into the movie "Gods and Generals." Dr. Mark A. Snell was prepared to give a presentation on Union general William B. Franklin, as had been advertised. Having seen the premier of the move the night before our meeting, Snell suggested that he could talk about the film instead. Snell is the director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd College and was one of the historical consultants for "Gods and Generals." The matter was put to the members, and by a slim majority, they deferred learning about General Franklin to some future date. "Or you can buy my book," Snell quipped. Viewers will find that "Gods and Generals" is not precisely like the novel by Jeff Shaara on which it is based. The action begins with John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry and ends with the death of Stonewall Jackson. Footage showing the Battle of Fredericksburg focuses on the attacks against Marye's Heights. Due to time constraints, the sequences showing the Battle of Antietam have been omitted from the theater version. "Gods and Generals" is a bloodier movie than "Gettysburg," at least partially because it was filmed for release in theaters and not on television. Snell said that it isn't as gory as the opening scenes of "Saving Private Ryan." Stonewall Jackson is the hero of the movie. Snell spent several years working at the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington and feels that he got to know the general pretty well. He said that actor Stephen Lang gave a mesmerizing performance as Stonewall. "You forget that he played Pickett in that other movie." In "Gods and Generals," Jackson is the blue-eyed killer described by Bud Robertson in his prize-winning biography. Yet the movie shows Stonewall's softer side as well, particularly his relationship with his wife. One touching scene shows Jackson talking with General Maxcy Gregg while the latter was on his deathbed. The most moving part of the movie, according to Snell, deals with Jackson's reaction to the death of a little girl named Janie Corbin from scarlet fever. He breaks down and sobs like a baby. "Gods and Generals" is a better movie than "Gettysburg" in many respects, according to Snell. For one thing, producer Ron Maxwell actually listened to the historical consultants when they made recommendations. The battle scenes, especially those covering Chancellorsville, are extremely accurate. Snell described the Battle of First Manassas scenes as "excellent" and the street fighting scenes at Fredericksburg as "outstanding." All of the actors portray the various generals and other officers as they were, without taking any "historical" liberties with those characters. The movie contains some cliches, but they are not as prominent as those in "Gettysburg." "Gods and Generals" does not have any blatant anachronisms in it. Finally, there are no bad characters in the movie. Snell said that Maxwell wanted the good in these people to show through. Snell predicted that many critics will attack the movie for being too pro-Confederate and for showing the religious side of the people involved. He called it "a very religious movie" and said that this is because religion played such a large part in the lives of the men and women of that era. While the movie will show the influence of slavery in the coming of the war, it will also indicate that few men on either side enlisted either to defend or abolish the peculiar institution.
This first announcement was received too late for the printed/mailed copy of this News Letter: Longwood University Seminar Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Longwood University will sponsor their Fourth Annual Civil War Seminar on Saturday, March 29, 2003. The theme of this year's seminar is "The Civil War at Sea." Speakers include Dr. Robert Zaworski (diver on USS Monitor), John V. Quarstein (The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender), Dr. Spencer C. Tucker (Andrew Foote and the War on Western Waters), and Dr. Robert M. Browning (Combined Operations Against Charleston During the Civil War). The seminar will be held in Hull Building Room 132 on the Longwood Campus in Farmville, Virginia. Sessions will begin at 9:30 and end at 4:00. Admission is FREE. Contact Dr. David Coles at 434-395-2220 for additional information.
Brandy Station Tour Clark B. Hall will lead a special tour of the little-visited sites at the Brandy Station battlefield on March 15. The tour will cover the back reaches of the site as well as "hidden" and difficult fords. There will be lots of walking, and participants will often have to negotiate muddy areas. The cost is $15 per person, and checks should be made out to the Brandy Station Foundation. Send your checks to Sam Craghead, 4361F Lakefield Mews, Richmond, VA 23231. Participants will be traveling by car from Richmond, so if you are willing to be a driver please let Sam know. The group will leave Richmond early enough to arrive in the Brandy Station area about 8 a. m.
Museum of the Confederacy's 8th Annual Celebrate South Weekend The Museum of the Confederacy's 8th annual Celebrate South Weekend, commemorating Southern culture and Civil War history, will be held April 3-6. Honoring the state of Florida this year, the four-day weekend will bring Florida cuisine, entertainment and heritage to life in Richmond, as guests participate in an array of activities ranging from a silent and live auction, battlefield tour, formal ball, and more. Attendees from throughout the country and around the world will enjoy learning about Civil War history while indulging in the sunshine state's delicious cooking, festive entertainment, and learning about some of Florida's most significant Civil War artifacts. All proceeds benefit The Museum of the Confederacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of the Confederacy and its role in the Civil War. The weekend will kick off with a lecture and slide presentation by Dr. Sam Margolin, the nautical archeologist who co-directed the surveys of the historic C.S.S. Florida and U.S.S. Cumberland in 1981. Margolin will share slides from his journey to the bottom of the James River, where he and a team of archaeologists uncovered a number of items from the Florida, the Confederate commerce raider whose legendary career ended when she collided with another vessel and sank off the coast of Newport News, Virginia, in November of 1864. Attendees will have the first opportunity to view some of these artifacts on display at the Museum along with other items relating to the Florida. Personal effects and cartes-de-visite of the officers, including the sword of John Maffitt, the ship's captain, will be on display. Featured items will also include an 1861 builder's model and a watercolor drawing by Herbert Dent. Surrounded by the unique d‚cor of the historic Bolling Haxall House in downtown Richmond, guests will dine on Florida-inspired cuisine and bid on extraordinary pieces ranging from contemporary Civil War artwork and reproduction items to vacation packages and antiques as part of the Homecoming Gala Reception and Auction on Friday evening. A sampling of some of the specific items include a framed print of Candlelight and Roses by renowned contemporary Civil War artist Mort Kunstler, 1st Edition Gone With the Wind plate, and a one-week stay for two at an ocean front condo in Myrtle Beach. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy an open-bar and live music as they participate in silent and live auctioning. The 8th annual ball, The Sunshine Soiree, will be held Saturday evening in the grand setting of the Country Club of Virginia. Decked out in period dress or black tie attire, guests will dance the night away to the Southern sounds of the 2nd South Carolina String Band. While mingling with friends, all will delight in the spread of Florida cuisine, including conk fritters and key-lime pie. The annual event now known as Celebrate South originated in 1996 as the Bonnie Blue Centennial Ball, a kick-off event for the Museum's Centennial Celebration. In 1997, it was decided that each year a different state of the South would be honored and soon after more events were added, until it became a weekend full of educational activities as well as the formal ball. The event has attracted guests from across the country in 20 states and from throughout the world, including Germany, England, and Canada. For more information, please call the Museum of the Confederacy at 804-649-1861, ext. 44.
Lincoln Symposium The Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is pleased to announce that on March 22, there will be a major educational seminar to be held in Richmond, Virginia. The Foundation for American Education and will jointly sponsor an educational symposium on Abraham Lincoln which will critically analyze the 16th President and his place in American history. The Symposium will be held at the John Marshall Hotel in downtown Richmond beginning at 9 a.m. on March 22 and lasting until 4:30 p.m. Hotel information will be forthcoming. The following scholars are scheduled to participate: Professor Thomas DiLorenzo, Loyola University of Maryland - "The Politics and Economics of Reconstruction;" Dr. Thomas Fleming, Chronicles Editor - "Lincoln and Racism;" Dr. Scott Trask, Research Fellow, Mises Institute, Auburn University - "Northern Opposition to Lincoln;" Dr. Donald Livingstone, Emory University - "Lincoln and Slavery;" Dr. Joe Stromberg, Rothland Research Fellow, Mises Institute, Auburn University - "Lincoln and Total War;" and John Chodes, New York City Playwright - Northern Opposition to Lincoln."
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2003
Richmond Civil War Round Table Newsletter Art & Carol Bergeron, Editors 3901 Paces Ferry Road Chester, VA 23831-1239

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