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Troy Arnold, President               Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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"The Civil War's Most Valuable Diarist" by Dr. James I. (Bud) Robertson, Jr. 7:30pm, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 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. One of the most distinguished names in Civil War history, Dr. Robertson served as Executive Director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission in the 1960s and worked with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He then taught 44 years at Virginia Tech, where his upper division course on the Civil War era attracted 300 or more students per semester and made it the largest class of its kind in the nation. He received every teaching award given by Virginia Tech. At his retirement in 2011, the University named him Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History. The Danville, VA, native is the author or editor of more than 40 books, including three studies written for young readers. His massive biography of Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, "Gods and Generals." Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film. The recipient of every major award given in Civil War history, he is a lecturer of national acclaim. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University. Robertson, a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, was actively engaged in the state's sesquicentennial observances. He is the Father of the traditional state song, "Our Great Virginia," approved by the General Assembly in March, 2015. Robertson's annotated edition of John B. Jones's A REBEL WAR CLERK'S DIARY debuted at MOC in Appomattox on September 26, 2015 in two volumes published by the University of Kansas Press. His latest books are AFTER THE CIVIL WAR (National Geographic Society, 2015) and CIVIL WAR ECHOES: VOICES FROM VIRGINIA, 1860 -1891 (Library of Virginia, 2016). Meeting Attendance for February: 60 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 BRING A FRIEND What a coup Elaine has made for March. Bud Robertson has been a friend of the Roundtable for many years. He always entertains and educates whatever the subject matter and he's good to share his talents with us. We will welcome him to our meeting on the 14th of March. Be aware this is a good opportunity to bring a guest to our meeting or perhaps get a member who has been absent for a while to return. We need to be mindful of our responsibility to emphasize our history to others. We're under almost daily attack from those who say our past should be diminished if not altogether erased. Santayana didn't say history repeats itself. It doesn't. But people who don't know history sometimes repeat themselves. Heaven help us if we repeat the era of history with which Bud Robertson is expert. So, invite a friend and let Dr. Robertson entertainingly educate them if only for a few minutes on March 14th. Your friend will be glad you did." Troy
New 2017 Membership Dues and Information Form due by April 1 (A late fee of $25 will take place after April 1. Dues postmarked April 2 or later must include a $25 late fee in addition to membership dues.) At the December meeting a new simplified dues structure was voted in with less options. 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 2017 Membership and Members Contact Information .pdf Form Payments can be made at the March meeting.
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