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April 2010 -
Davis Wrinkle, Pres.                   Gary Cowardin, Editor    
7741 Rockfalls Dr.                     1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23225                     Richmond, VA 23227-3735                  

April 2010 Program Marc Leepson Monocacy: The Battle that Saved Washington, D.C. 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 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. Marc Leepson Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian and author who specializes in writing about American history, the Vietnam War and Vietnam veterans. A former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, he has been arts editor and columnist for The VVA Veteran, the magazine published by Vietnam Veterans of America, since March of 1986, when his "Arts of War" column began. He has written for many newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, Washington Post Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, Military History, Civil War Times Illustrated, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic, New York Newsday, Detroit News, Dallas Morning News, Christian Science Monitor, St. Petersburg Times, and USA Today. He also was a long-time contributor to the Encyclopedia Americana Yearbook. He is the author of six books, most recently, Desperate Engagement: How a Little Known Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C., and Changed American History. His well-received, Flag: An American Biography (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2005), a history of the American flag from the beginnings to today, was published in 2005. His previous book was Saving Monticello: The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built(Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2001; University of Virginia Press, paperback, 2003). He is the editor of Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War and a contributor to The Dictionary of Virginia Biography. He has been interviewed on MSNBC, FOX News, The Today Show, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, All Things Considered, CNN, CNBC, Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm Show (NPR), On the Media, New York and Company (WNYC-FM), Irish Radio, Russian Channel One TV, and CBC (Canada). He has presented papers and chaired panels at academic conferences at the University of Notre Dame, Tulane University, University of Massachusetts, Texas Tech University, the College of William and Mary, and Salisbury State University. He has given presentations to students at the colleges, universities and high schools, including the University of Miami, American University, Georgetown University, Appalachian State University, the University of Maryland and Foxcroft School. An adjunct instructor of history at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Virginia, he earned a BA in history from George Washington University in 1967. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1967-69, including a year in the Vietnam War, he earned a Masters Degree in history from George Washington University in 1971. He lives in Middleburg, Virginia, with his wife and their two children.
NOTE: Please put on a name badge when you arrive for the meeting. (Materials will be at the raffle table. New tags coming soon.) 2010 Meeting Attendance: January 94, February 35-40(snow), March 92
Come with us on this year's Bus Tour! Saturday, June 19, 2010, 8am to 5pm From Campground to Battle Ground The Richmond Civil War Round Table will have its annual bus tour on Saturday, June 19. We will visit two historic locations in Stafford County near Fredericksburg where Union soldiers spent the winters of 1862-63 and were present again during the Overland Campaign of 1864. After our morning visits at Chatham Plantation and the fantastic White Oak Civil War Museum, we'll stop for a quick lunch west of Fredericksburg before traveling on to the Wilderness Battlefield. There, we'll have a chance to visit many of the new interpretive sites established by the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. RCWRT 2nd Vice President Jack Mountcastle will serve as the tour guide. Our daylong trip will leave at 8am from the Lowe's parking lot in the North Park Shopping Center at Parham and Brook Roads en route to the Fredericksburg area. We will be back in Richmond by 5pm. Cost of the trip is $25 per person and payments are now being accepted. Sign-up sheets will be available at the April and May RCWRT meetings. You can bring your check (made out to the Richmond Civil War Round Table) to the April or May meeting or mail it to: John W. Mountcastle 3821 Middletown Way Glen Allen, VA 23060
RCWRT Membership for 2010 As of 3/15/10 we have 146 paid members plus 5 lifetime (=151) members for 2010. Thanks!
RCWRT Survey Response The Board wants to thank all Club members for their response to our recent survey. Your comments allowed us to understand what is important to the membership and suggestions offered for improvement. All your suggestions and comments are being reviewed and we will have more to say about this later. Some areas being reviewed include: o Meetings location o Book reviews o Meetings with the Powhatan CWRT o Club recruiting - young members o RCWRT Newsletter items o Number of field trips While there were some good suggestions presented to improve the Club, "having good speakers" was overwhelmingly number one. The least liked issues were "long business meetings," "not enough social time," and "hard seats." The officers and board members will continue to keep Club activities that maintain the strengths of the club and look ahead for areas to improve.
VA Governor Bob McDonnell Recognizes April 2010 as CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH To read the proclamation see:
Some Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 8, 2010 - Monday, April 12, 2010 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park 145th Anniversary of the Surrender For more information see: Click on: 145th Anniversary Events to down load the weekend schedule
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and their Events Calendar
Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2010
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