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Bill Welsch, President               Gary Cowardin, Editor    
10708 Rocket Dr.                     1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Glen Allen, VA 23060                 Richmond, VA 23227-3735               

"We Scared Abe Lincoln Like Hell" Early's 1864 Summer Campaign by Eric Campbell 7:30pm, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 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. Eric Campbell is the Chief of Interpretation at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. He has worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service for over 30 years, 23 of those at Gettysburg National Military Park. He has also authored over two dozen articles and essays for scholarly publications. Eric's responsibilities at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP include overseeing the planning for future interpretation at the park, including the development of ranger-lead programs, the opening of a Visitor Contact Station (including interpretive exhibits and a fiber optic map of the Battle of Cedar Creek), developing interpretive brochures, exhibits, podcasts, trails and other interpretive media and infrastructure. Lt. Gen. Jubal Early's campaign in the summer of 1864 was one of the most brilliantly conducted operations during the war. Using rapid marching and deception, along with hard-hitting attacks, Early took his small independent command from Richmond, through the Shenandoah Valley and to the very gates of Washington, DC. Early's campaign covered hundreds of miles and involved no less than five battles, along with numerous skirmishes. Early's cartographer, Jedidiah Hotchkiss went so far as to claim, that Early's campaign was "by all odds the most successful expedition we have ever made into the enemy's country." This program will provide an overview of the entirety of Early's summer operations; from his detachment from the Army of Northern Virginia in mid-June, through his invasion of Maryland to the outskirts of Washington, DC and his final operations in the Lower Valley in July and August (including the Burning of Chambersburg). Although mostly relegated to secondary importance in the history books, Early's summer campaign not only accomplished all of his objectives, but also greatly influenced events on a strategic level that fall. Meeting Attendance for February: 72 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 Dues are due! Probably not the most stirring way to start this note, but certainly of critical importance. If the membership of the Richmond Civil War Round Table is the heart of the organization, it's the dues that keeps that heart healthy. We cannot continue our wonderful yearly programs without support from all of us. We each have an important stake in the RCWRT. For those who have reenlisted for 2016, thank you very much. If you have yet to do so, please see Sandy Parker in March to show your support for the round table. As an offshoot of this, the Executive Committee has been reviewing the state of our finances, to be sure that we can effectively continue our history mission. We will be reporting back to the membership in the next month or so with detailed updates and recommendations. Thanks to our pal Bruce Venter for his great presentation on "Custer's Side Show" last month. His Kill Jeff Davis is a very well done story that I highly recommend to you. Last month, we had Civil War veterans in Brazil. This month, we head across the pond to the London Branch of Civil War Veterans. The Civil War Veterans of London (from the NYT) Be sure to join us on March 8. Bill
Final Notice for 2016 DUES Using the link below open the .pdf file print and fill it out then either bring it to the meeting along with payment or mail it to Sandy @: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary 2425 Falkirk Drive North Chesterfield, VA 23236 2016 Membership and Members Contact Information .pdf Form
Save the date for our Annual Field Trip: Stuart's Ride around the Union Army! Saturday, June 18th, 9:00-4:00 Historian John Fox, author of Stuart's Finest Hour, will narrate the tour using Union, Confederate and civilian accounts as we follow the route of Stuart and his Federal pursuers. Stops will be made at key points, beginning at Hanover Tavern where blue and gray cavalrymen exchanged gunfire in the first encounter of the expedition. We'll then continue southeast to Taliaferro's Mills, Haws Shop, Totopotomoy Creek Bridge, Linney's Corner, and Old Church before crossing into New Kent County where we'll pass Tunstalls Station and Baltimore Store. We'll head south to the famous Chickahominy River crossing site at Forge Bridge, then cross into Charles City County. Then we'll head west on the old James River Road (Rte. 5) where we'll pass the Rowland house before turning back to Richmond. We'll be meeting at the same parking lot as last year's departure: North Park Shopping Center at Parham and Brook Roads (8001 Brook Road). Please plan on packing a lunch. We'll be stopping at New Kent Winery for a picnic lunch. Water bottles will be provided. Don't miss this one, folks! John Mosby, one of Stuart's lead scouts observed, "Richmond is in fine spirits...everybody says it is the greatest feat of the war." Look for sign-up sheets at the March, April, and May meetings. The price hasn't been set yet but should be set soon. There will be price and mailing info in the next news letter.
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Upcoming Events/Links
25th annual VA Tech Civil War Weekend March 18-20 2016
National Park Service Richmond
Richmond Battlefields Association News & Events
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2016

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