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March 2008
John Coski, President                  Rob Monroe, Editor       
5028 King William Road                 2416 Edenbrook Dr.       
Richmond, VA 23225                     Richmond, VA 23228-3040            

March 2008 PROGRAM Scott Patchan "Jubal's July" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 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. Confederate General Jubal Early's disastrous battles in the Shenandoah Valley ultimately resulted in his ignominious dismissal. However, the "Bad Old Man" had quite a run in the Valley in the Summer of 1864. Early saved Lynchburg on June 18. He won at Monocacy on July 9, Snickers Gap on July 18 and Kernstown on July 24. And he successfully held off Sheridan's legions until September 18. His accomplishments were especially impressive considering that, during the last six weeks of the summer campaign, he was up against an aggressive commander with a very large force. At our March meeting, Scott Patchan will focus on Early's successful summer campaigns in a talk entitled "Jubal's July." This presentation is drawn extensively from his most recent book, Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign. Patchan is widely considered a leading authority on this subject. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Patchan graduated from James Madison University. In addition to Shenandoah Summer, he is author of Forgotten Fury: The Battle of Piedmont, Virginia. Patchan has written extensively on Civil War events in the Shenandoah Valley and is in great demand as a tour guide for the area's battlefields. He is a member and former president of the Bull Run Civil War Round Table and a director of the Kernstown Battlefield Association.
New Faces at American Civil War Center The Board of Directors of The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar recently announced the appointment of Christy S. Coleman as the Center's new president. She was chosen from a field of more than 30 applicants and nominations. She will begin work next month and will lead a staff of nearly 20 full- and part-time employees. Coleman was raised in Williamsburg and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Hampton University. She began her career in 1982 as a living history interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg where she served in many capacities until 1999. From 1999-2005, Coleman served as president and CEO of the nation's largest African American museum, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. She has served as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, the Anacostia Museum, Monticello, Mount Vernon, and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Most recently, Coleman served as Vice President for the Arts Consulting Group, Inc. The American Civil War Center also recently announced the addition of Mark Howell as director of education. He will be responsible for developing and implementing ACWC's school and public programming as well as educational outreach initiatives. Howell received his bachelor's and master's degrees from William & Mary and has been involved in the museum field since 1979. He worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for more than 20 years. He was most recently the president of Howell Consulting where he served the museum industry since 2002. Locally, he has served as a consultant for Maymont, Historic Polegreen Church Foundation, and Heritage and History of Hanover County, Inc.
Virginia Historical Society Events Focus on Lee and Grant In conjunction with its major exhibition, "Lee and Grant," the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) is hosting various events over the next two months. In a three-part series of classes, Chris Calkins of Petersburg National Battlefield Park will explore the two antagonists' final campaign. Classes run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 13, March 27 and April 3. Tuition is $110 for VHS members and $125 for nonmembers. At noon on Friday, March 21, Dr. Joseph T. Glatthaar, professor of history at University of North Carolina, will present a lecture based on his new book, General Lee's Army. Glatthaar uses the story of Robert E. Lee's army as a powerful lens for viewing the entire Civil War, from the early springtime of southern hopes to final crushing defeat, from the homefront to the heart of the most famous battles of the war. For more info on these events visit
Pamplin Park Hosts Pre-Dawn Tour Pamplin Historical Park & the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is inviting the public to commemorate the 143rd anniversary of the 1865 Petersburg Breakthrough by participating in a pre-dawn tour of the Breakthrough Battlefield. This tour will take place on Saturday morning, March 29 and will be followed by a hot breakfast at the Hardtack & Coffee Cafe. Throughout the day there will be living history demonstrations, van tours featuring the Battle of Lewis Farm, and talks related to the 1865 fall of Petersburg. Reservations and fees are required for the pre-dawn tour. For more information call (804) 861-2408 or toll-free 1-877-PAMPLIN
Spring Field Trip Set for May The Richmond Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce this year's Spring Field Trip will be to Appomattox Courthouse on Saturday, May 31. The site and date are planned to coincide with the RCWRT's April presentation on Appomattox. We are pleased to have Chris Calkins, from Petersburg National Battlefield Park, as the tour leader. Calkins, known to many of you, has an extensive knowledge of all aspects of Lee's retreat, including Appomattox. A stop will also be made at Sailor's (Saylers) Creek Battlefield where we will have lunch (please bring your own). We will leave at 8 a.m. sharp from the James River Bus parking lot, Allen Ave. and Leigh St., and return at 5:30 p.m. The cost will be $30 per person. Reservations are "first come, first served" and the bus is expected to fill up fast. Reservations and checks may be given to Davis Wrinkle at RCWRT meetings or sent to: Davis Wrinkle 7741 Rockfalls Dr. Richmond, VA 23225 (work) 647-7660 (home) 272-5419
Chesterfield Confederate History Event Slated for April The Chesterfield County Historical Society of Virginia will hold its Confederate History and Heritage Program on Saturday, April 5. Events will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Historic 1917 Courthouse in the Chesterfield County Complex on Ironbridge Road. Brian Steel Wills will be on hand to sign books and give a presentation, "The War Hits Home." Living historians will be featured including Company C, 9th Virginia Infantry (the Chesterfield "Yellow Jackets") and Bob Moates as Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia's Confederate artifacts will also be available for viewing. For more information, contact the society by phone, (804) 777-9663, or email, You may also visit their website,
Items Sought for Silent Auction The Museum of the Confederacy is accepting donations of items to be used in a silent auction to be held during Member Appreciation Weekend, June 6 & 7, 2008. Items ranging from fine wines, to gourmet foods, or services from local businesses are encouraged. Civil War books, prints, artifacts and similar items are also welcomed. For information please contact Diane Willard at (804) 649-1861 ext. 42
Annual Dinner Meeting Date Set The Richmond Civil War Round Table's Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 13, 6 p.m., at The Jepson Alumni Center on the University of Richmond campus. Our speaker will be UR President Ed Ayers who will speak on the aftermath of the war. Please mark this date on your calendar and make plans to join us.
Last Chance to Pay 2008 Dues Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock. Time is running out. This month is your last chance to renew your membership in the Richmond Civil War Round Table. The 2008 dues reflect the $5 across-the-board increase approved by the members last October. Also, please note the introduction of a new membership category, "Sustaining Member." This is an entirely voluntary option for those members who choose to increase their support of our organization. The Ides of March (March 15) is the deadline for payment of 2008 dues. Select one category: o $50 - Sustaining member (voluntary) o $35 - Resident member o $45 - Resident couple o $20 - Non-resident member (75 miles outside of Richmond) o $25 - Non-resident couple o $20 - Senior member (65 and older with at least 10 years of membership) o $25 - Senior couple o $20 - Student member (age 13-17) o $35 - International member o $45 - International couple You can make payment at the January, February or March meetings or mail your check to: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary P.O. Box 37052 Richmond, VA 23234 Thank you for your continued support for the Richmond Civil War Round Table!
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