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March 2012 -
Jack Mountcastle                       Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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John M. Coski "Stories of Appomattox" *8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 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 left and down a few stairs. Everyone knows what happened at Appomattox Court House in April 1865, and everyone in the Richmond Civil War Round Table should know that The Museum of the Confederacy is opening a new museum site at Appomattox at the end of March. But what exactly will the MOC be doing at its new site? What will the new museum display and how will it tell the Appomattox story? How will it be different from the interpretation offered at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park? The March program will answer these and other questions and introduce some of the stories of Appomattox that The Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox will tell. John M. Coski is historian and vice-president for research and publications at The Museum of the Confederacy, where he has worked since 1988. He is the author of The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem and Capital Navy: The Men, Ships, and Operations of the James River Squadron - topics on which he has spoken to the Richmond Civil War Round Table in years past. He has been a card-carrying RCWRT member since 1989 and is proud to be among the ranks of past presidents. He and his "long-suffering" wife, Ruth Ann, also a RCWRT member, live in Westover Hills with their ancient dogs, Eleanor and India. Be sure to come early to get a good seat. Meeting Attendance: February 2012 = 54 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.)
Mike Gorman Fills in at the February Meeting The February meeting originally had James S. Price scheduled to give his talk: "The Battle of New Market Heights, Freedom Will Be Theirs by the Sword." However, due to his illness and hospital visit, he was unable to come down to Richmond for our RCWRT meeting. (He's OK now.) Filling in for James was Mike Gorman, Historian/Interpreter at the National Park Service here in Richmond. Mike presented 3D photos of Richmond during and after the war. As seen in the photo above we had to wear Anaglyph glasses to see the 3D images. Unlike the Polaroid glasses used in movie theatres, these had red & blue-green lenses and after a few minutes you didn't notice the colors just the black & white 3D images. The last time Mike talked to us was February of 2009. Be sure to visit Mike Gorman's Civil War Richmond at Thanks, Mike for filling in.
Muster now for the RCWRT's 2012 Field Trip "Mosby's Confederacy": Fights & Sites of the 43rd Battalion, Partisan Rangers Saturday, May 5, 2012, 8AM to 5:30PM, Cost: $45 Here's a sampling of the sites you'll see and visit: Mount Zion Church, Aldie Mill, Rector House, Hathaway House, Millwood, the Berryville Wagon Train Raid, and Miskell's Farm. Mount Zion Church and the Rector House are not normally open to the public. A printed detailed description of the tour sites will be available at the March meeting. Our tour guide will be Horace Mewborn, a nationally recognized expert on John S. Mosby. He is co-author of the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry: Mosby's Command and three issues of Blue & Gray magazine on "Mosby's Confederacy." For those interested in the tour's rigor, there will not be extensive walking. We will leave promptly at 8 AM from the Lowe's parking lot in the North Park Shopping Center at Parham and Brook Roads. Lunch is not included. Sign-up sheets will be available at the March and April meetings. You can bring your check (made out to the RCWRT) to the March or April meeting or mail it to: Bruce Venter Phone: 804-457-2078 2315 Bexley Wood Run Email: Goochland, VA 23063
A Reminder from Sandy about RCWRT Dues >>>>> If you haven't paid your 2012 dues bring your check Tuesday! <<<<< March 15, 2012 is the deadline for this year's RCWRT Membership Dues: $35 Resident Rate $45 Resident Couple Rate $20 Non-Resident as well as Senior dues rate $25 Non-Resident couple as well as Senior couple dues rate $20 Student Rate Sustaining member is an individual who pays above the due rate..usually $50. Resident member is defined as living in the Richmond area. Non-Resident member is defined as living 50 miles outside of Richmond. Student member is defined as being between the ages of 13 - 17 years old. Senior member is defined as being over the age of 65 years with 10 years of membership in the RCWRT. New applicants pay a one time only $25 initiation fee in addition to annual dues upon submitting application. You can bring your dues to the meeting Tuesday night or mail it to: RCWRT c/o Sandy Parker 2425 Falkirk Drive Richmond, VA 23236
*Change in Meeting Time Starting in April At the January and February meetings of the Richmond Civil War Round Table, members were asked to indicate their support for a suggestion to move the monthly meeting time from 8:00 PM to 7:30 PM. A large majority of the members supported this time change. The March 13 meeting will begin at 8:00 PM, but beginning with the meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 10, we will start at 7:30. Please assist us in reminding your fellow members of this change in time.
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Upcoming Events
Beginning on April 2, 2012 The University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies will offer a non-credit course: "Battle Flags and Broadsides: The Sailors' Civil War" Meets 7:00-9:00 PM on four consecutive Monday nights. "In addition to class meetings on Monday nights, there will be a bus trip to the scene of the Battle of the Ironclads at Hampton Roads, the USS Monitor Center at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, and to the Drewry's Bluff battle site on Saturday, April 28. The course will be led by Richmond Civil War Round Table member Jack Mountcastle and the cost is $199. Details: Call UR's School of Continuing Studies at 289-8133 to request a copy of the Spring catalog or visit their website at: Click the "Think Again" catalog then select "History" courses.
March 20,7:00PM at the Hanover Tavern Dr. Edward Ayers, President of the University of Richmond, will speak on "Making the Civil War New" See for details. Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online >>>>> Reminder - The Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox Grand opening Saturday, 3/31 <<<<<< and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Richmond Battlefields Association News & Events
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and their Events Calendar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2012
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