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March 2014 -
Bruce Venter, President                Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2315 Bexley Wood Run                   1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Goochland, VA 23063                    Richmond, VA 23227-3735                  

Jim Godburn "Sick Call and Surgery: Medical Practice in the American Civil War" 7:30pm, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 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. Jim Godburn is a student of the American Civil War and has been since the 1960's. As he grew up in Virginia, Jim's boyhood home was a block away from the house that was the site of R.E. Lee's headquarters in the beginning months of the Siege of Richmond/Petersburg. During his high school and college years, Jim was employed as a seasonal ranger and historic interpreter at Petersburg National Battlefield where, among other duties, he portrayed a surgeon from the 200th Pennsylvania Infantry. Prompted by this experience, Jim wrote and presented, as an independent study at James Madison University, a paper on the subject of medical practice during the War. Jim is a graduate of James Madison, earning a Bachelors Degree in History in 1980. After a long career outside of the field of history, Jim currently works as a seasonal interpreter at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and as an educator at Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Historic Park. He has also worked at the Appomattox annex of the Museum of the Confederacy. He continues to share his passion for the War in general and medicine in particular with visitors, school groups, friends and colleagues. Jim currently lives with his wife Elaine in Farmville, Va. Meeting Attendance for: January 2014 = 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 President One of the reasons the RCWRT is able to offer excellent programs, like the one we had last month about Confederate veterans going home after Appomattox, is the support the Round Table receives from its dues paying members. Our dues are primarily used to fund the reimbursable expenses of our top quality speakers, some of whom travel great distances to speak at our meetings. Our speakers realize it is an honor and privilege to address our Round Table, but we have a long standing policy to fund their expenses. We rely on you, our members, to make timely dues payments to sustain our organization. March is the time to pay those dues. Membership in the RCWRT is something you can be proud of because it keeps the flame of memory alive as a tribute to those who served 150 years ago. The timely payment of dues demonstrates your willingness to preserve the past we cherish. Bruce
Don't let the Ides of March (15th) come and go without paying your RCWRT dues! Rates for dues are as follows: $35 Resident member $25 Resident couple members Resident is defined as an individual or couple who resides within a 50 mile radius of Richmond. $20 Non-Resident member $25 Non- Resident couple Non-Resident is defined as an individual or couple who resides outside of the 50 mile radius from Richmond. Senior Member $20 Senior member is defined as an individual who is over the age of 65 years and has been a RCWRT member for the last ten years (since s/he was 55 years old). Senior Couple $25 Senior couple is defined as a couple who has one partner who meets the definition of a senior member. Checks can be made out to RCWRT. Checks and cash payments can be made at the February 11 and March 11 meetings. Dues can be mailed in check form only to: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary, 2425 Falkirk Drive, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 If you have any questions about your due payment, please contact me at with RCWRT dues as the subject line or call me at 804-276-7867 Thanks, Sandy
Save the Date for the Upcoming RCWRT 2014 FIELD TRIP Preliminary Trip Information - The trip will be on Saturday, June 21 from 8:30 until 4:30. We'll trace the Bermuda Hundred Campaign of 1864, including the battles of Port Walthall Junction, Chester Station, and Woolridge Hill. Our guide will be author, preservationist, and Civil War Trust awardee George Fickett. George is a long time student of the campaign. Details to follow in the April newsletter.
15th ANNUAL APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK and LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY FREE CIVIL WAR SEMINAR 1864 Saturday, March 15, 2014 For more information contact Dr. David Coles at 434-395-2220 or Patrick Schroeder at 434-352-8987, Ext. 232 JARMAN AUDITORIUM LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY FARMVILLE, VIRGINIA For directions:
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Historic Tredegar on Thursday, March 27 Author Don Hopkins will speak about his recent book: "Robert E Lee in War and Peace" at Historic Tredegar on Thursday, March 27. Mr Hopkins will be signing books from 12-2, with a presentation at 12:30. For more information contact Bert Dunkerly at
Upcoming Events Links Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
NPS Richmond - Sesquicentennial - 1864/2014
Chesterfield Historical Society Winter Lecture Series
Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online 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 2014
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