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March 2007
Bernard Fisher, President              Rob Monroe, Editor       
7300 Ann Cabell Lane                   2416 Edenbrook Dr.       
Mechanicsville, VA 23111               Richmond, VA 23228-3040      

March 2007 PROGRAM Richard W. Hatcher, III "Charleston Is To Be Defended To the Last Extremity" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 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. On December 20, 1860, delegates meeting in Charleston, SC, signed an ordinance of secession, taking their state out of the Union. Less than four months later, on April 12, 1861, the Civil War began when Confederate batteries bombarded Fort Sumter. The combination of these two events, plus Charleston's importance as a major shipping port for the Confederacy, made the city a major military objective during the war. The Confederate defense of harbor was critical to the new nation's survival. The capture of port was critical to Union victory. These two factors culminated in the1863-1865 Siege of Charleston. Beginning on July 10, 1863 and ending on February 18, 1865, the 587-day campaign was the longest military operation of the war. Rick Hatcher, a Richmond native who has been historian at Fort Sumter National Monument since 1992, will recount this vital, but often-overlooked, aspect of Civil War history, with special attention to Virginia connections to the Charleston story. Mr. Hatcher has been a student of the Civil War since the 1961-1965 Centennial. He earned his B.A. in history from VCU in 1973 and began his career with the National Park Service as a volunteer and seasonal employee at Richmond National Battlefield Park in 1970. After gaining permanent status at Colonial National Historical Park in 1976, he has worked at Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Missouri, and at Fort Sumter. He has written and published widely about Wilson's Creek and about Forts Sumter and Moultrie, and has been involved with the unfolding drama of the submarine, H. L. Hunley, and her crew. Copies of Mr. Hatcher's co-authored book, Wilson's Creek, The Second Major Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It, will be on sale at the meeting.
The End is Near There are only a few days left to renew your membership in the Richmond Civil War Round Table for 2007. The Ides of March (March 15) is the deadline for payment of dues. $30 - Resident member $40 - Resident couple $15 - Non-resident member (75 miles outside of Richmond) $20 - Non-resident couple $15 - Senior member (65 and older with at least 10 years of membership) $20 - Senior couple $15 - Student member (age 13-17) $30 - International member $40 - International couple You can make payment at the March 13 meeting or mail your check to: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary P.O. Box 37052 Richmond, VA 23234 With your support, 2007 will be another banner year for the Richmond Civil War Round Table!
Plenty of Events Scheduled for March and April On Saturday, March 10, RCWRT members are cordially invited to an inside tour of "In the Cause of Liberty," the new exhibit at the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. It is the first to weave together Confederate, Union, and African American stories and to show how their interaction shaped the course of American history. The group will meet in the entry pavilion of the Center at 10:30am. The following morning, Sunday, March 11, the RCWRT's own Robert E.L. Krick will be speaking at the Second Presbyterian Church Chapel on Sunday, March 11 at 9:30am on "The Confederacy's Most Famous Presbyterian: Stonewall Jackson, Richmond, and Fifth Street During the Civil War." Second Presbyterian (located at 5 North Fifth Street near Main Street) was built in 1846 and barely survived the burning of Richmond. Its then minister, Moses Hoge, was probably the best-known Presbyterian minister in the Confederacy. American women faced enormous challenges in the tumultuous years of the Civil War. Many refused to stand by as their brothers, husbands, and sons fought in the bloodiest war of America's history. Dr. Michelle Krowl, author of Women Who Dare: Women of the Civil War, will give a presentation at the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar on Saturday, March 17 at 2pm. Through archival photographs and engaging discussion, Dr. Krowl will recall both renowned historical figures such as Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman, along with lesser-known historians such as Dr. Mary Walker. The Museum of the Confederacy is hosting its second annual Membership Appreciation Weekend on Friday and Saturday, March 23 & 24. This year's events will commence on Friday night, when the Museum will host a member's reception for the opening of the special exhibit "Virginia and The Confederacy: A Quadricentennial Perspective." There will be special tours throughout the weekend culminating in the Dabney Award Dinner. This year's recipient is H.E. Howard, publisher of the Virginia Regimental Series of books. For details or reservations call (804) 649-1861, ext. 42 Also on Friday and Saturday, March 23 & 24, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar will host "In the Cause of Liberty: How the Civil War Redefined American Ideals." Held at the Virginia Historical Society, this conference will feature speakers Gary Gallagher, George Rable and Peter Onuf among others. Pulitzer prize-winning author James McPherson will deliver the keynote address. For more information or to register go to or call Ginger LaPrade at (804) 780-1865 ext 14 At noon on Wednesday, March 2, at the Virginia Historical Society, William Marvel will discuss his new book, Mr. Lincoln Goes to War. Marvel disputes conventional wisdom about the outbreak of the Civil War and ascribes a good measure of blame to Abraham Lincoln as well as Jefferson Davis for pushing the secession crisis into open military conflict. He takes Lincoln to task for an unimaginative approach to solving the impasse and also for infringing on the constitutional rights of civilians in the North once the fighting began. On Saturday, March 31, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier will hold its third annual pre-dawn walking tour of the historic "Breakthrough" battlefield of April 2, 1865. Space is limited. To make your reservation contact Member Services at (804) 861-2408 or There will be a lecture on "The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign" at 2pm and driving tours of the White Oak Road and Dinwiddie Courthouse battlefields. These tours are limited to six people and will be on a first come, first served basis. For more information, go to: Also on Saturday, March 31, Petersburg National Battlefield will commemorate the 142nd anniversary of the battles at Five Forks and Fort Gregg. There will be living history and ranger programs throughout the day at the Five Forks site. For more information on these free events call (804) 265-8244. The Chesterfield Confederate Heritage Foundation is hosting an educational program featuring renowned historian Ed Bearss. This free event will take place on Saturday, April 7, from noon to 3pm, rain or shine, at the historic 1917 courthouse on 10020 Ironbridge Road. The program will include exhibits, living history and fiddle and banjo music. For more information email or call (804) 377-0438. Was Robert E. Lee a hero whose valor and leadership were surpassed only by his honor and humanity or a traitor whose military skill prolonged an immoral rebellion? The Sons of Confederate Veterans will host a Robert E. Lee Bicentennial Symposium on Saturday, April 2, at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington. Speakers include Robert K. Krick, Kent Masterson Brown and Thomas DiLorenzo among others. Space is limited. For more information or to register go to or call 1-800-MY SOUTH
RCWRT Field Trip Announced for June On the morning of Dec.13, 1862, Union Gen. Meade, supported by Gen. Gibbon, advanced on Stonewall Jackson's line on Prospect Hill, initiating the attack at Fredericksburg. Meade's troops broke Jackson's line, exploiting a 600-yard gap in Jackson's position. In sharp fighting, Meade's advance was choked off and Jackson was able to restore the line, forcing Meade's retreat. Some historians see this fighting as the most significant and decisive of the Battle of Fredericksburg. Our field trip this year, scheduled for June 2, will visit the Southern section of the Fredericksburg battlefield where this fighting took place. Included in this tour will be the Slaughter Pen Farm, which has recently been preserved by the Civil War Preservation Trust. RCWRT members will be among the first visitors to tour this site. We are fortunate to have as our tour leader noted historian Frank O'Reilly, who is with the National Park Service in Fredericksburg. You should be prepared for plenty of walking. In the morning, we will follow Meade's attack, and in the afternoon, we will walk Jackson's lines at Prospect Hill. You will need to bring your own lunch. We will travel to Fredericksburg via bus, leaving the James River Bus Lines parking lot at 915 N. Allen St. (between Leigh St. and Broad), at 8am and returning to that location at 5pm. The trip costs $25 per person and is limited to 52 members and guests. Reserve your seat today by completing the following form and sending it along with your check (payable to RCWRT) to: Ed Wooldridge 13700 Lintel Lane Midlothian, VA 23113 Name _______________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________ City _________________________________ State ______ Zip ____________ Phone number and/or email address __________________________________ Number of seats requested ___ X $25 each = $ ________ Total payment If you have any questions, please contact Ed Wooldridge via phone at 804-897-9840, or e-mail:
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2007
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