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April 2011 -
David Whitehead, Pres.                 Gary Cowardin, Editor    
4305 Cary Street Rd.                   1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23221                     Richmond, VA 23227-3735          

April 12, 2011 Program Scott H. Harris "Legacy of Valor: New Market Battlefield State Historical Park" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 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. (map in August's newsleter) "Put the boys in, and may God forgive me for the order.'' With these words, Confederate General John C. Breckinridge ordered 257 cadets of the Virginia Military Institute into combat during the Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864. Breckinridge's 4,000-man army, including the cadets, went on to defeat a Union force of over 6,000 under General Franz Sigel in one of the south's last significant victories of the Civil War. Overall, the Confederates suffered 531 casualties, compared to 841 for the Union force. Ten VMI cadets were killed or mortally wounded. Legacy of Valor examines the continuing influence of the Battle of New Market on VMI, both as an historical event and as an example of courage and character for successive generations of cadets. Particular attention is paid to the stewardship of this legacy at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. Administered by the Virginia Military Institute, the Park includes the Bushong Farm and the Hall of Valor Museum, which interprets both the battle and the military history of the Civil War in Virginia. Scott H. Harris has been Director of the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park since March, 2001. In addition to overseeing Park operations, he assists with administration of the Virginia Military Institute Museum Operations. He was Curator of The Manassas Museum from 1988 to 1995, and Director of Historic Resources for the City of Manassas from 1995 until February, 2001. Appointed to the Advisory Council of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission in 2006, Scott is also a member of the Virginia Civil War Trails board of directors, and is a past president of the Virginia Association of Museums. Scott received his BA with honors in History and Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College in 1983 and an MA in History and Museum Administration from the College of William and Mary in 1988. Be sure to come early to get a good seat. Meeting Attendance: March 2011 = 98 NOTE: Please put on your NEW NAME BADGE on when you arrive for the meeting. (They will be near the back or side of the room.)
A Note from Our President Welcome all RCWRT members to spring 2011. We have a terrific subject this month. Please bring a relative, friend, or neighbor [especially a VMI grad]. Don't forget our annual day tour Saturday June 18 and also remember to bring and look over news items on the bulletin board. Remember to pay your dues. We have 139 out of 190 paid up and are allowing you to pay by April 17th without a late fee. See you Tuesday April 12-8pm.
November Meeting. Elizabeth Pryor, author of the very well received book, Reading the Man: A Portrait Of Robert E. Lee Through His Letters will be our November speaker. The Round Table's officers wish to thank all members who participated in the voting conducted during the past two meetings regarding the concept of holding a dinner meeting in November. Members voted at a 3-to-1 ratio in favor of holding a dinner meeting in November. The 1st Vice President is currently seeking cost proposals from several venues that would be suitable sites for our dinner meeting.
Fund-Raising in Support of the Dinner Meeting. At our April meeting, 1st VP Jack Mountcastle will introduce a program aimed at raising funds to defray the cost of the November dinner meeting. He will invite members to bring in Civil War books (both hardbound and paperback) that can be sold for a fixed price of $10.00 for hardbacks and $5.00 for paperbacks. All funds that are raised through the sale of these donated books during the May, June, and July meetings will be used by the Treasurer to defray a portion of the November dinner meeting costs. David Whitehead, Pres. RCWRT
Come with us on this year's RCWRT FIELD TRIP! The Richmond Civil War Round Table will have its annual field trip on Saturday, June 18, 2011, visiting the USS Monitor Center at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News. While enroute we will be viewing a DVD presentation entitled Battle of the Ironclads narrated by John Quarstein, Craig Symonds, and our May speaker, Anna Holloway of the USS Monitor Center. During our visit we will concentrate on the marvelous artifacts and reconstructions of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. Lunch will be on the Mariners' Museum premises. A stop is scheduled at the Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park on the way back and also at Drewry's Bluff, time permitting. The 150th Sesquicentennial of the Civil War is now underway so we hope to have a record turn out from our RCWRT membership. Please write your checks and mark your calendars now. In order to cover the charter bus, we need to charge $23 per person for transportation, similar to past field trips. The cost at the museum will be $9.00 admission and lunch will be $8.00 plus tax. So the total comes to $40 per person. You can bring your check (made out to RCWRT) to the April or May meeting or mail it to: Brent Morgan 9091 Pantego Ln Mechanicsville, VA 23116-5837 804-550-3039
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Upcoming Events
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial Announces: Rare Robert E. Lee U.S. Army artifacts will be on exhibit, April 16 - 30, 2011. Significant new information about Robert E. Lee will be revealed at the April 16th Evening Program. All programs are free, but reservations are required. Call 703-235-1530. Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Saturday, April 16, 2011 More than 15 museums and historical sites in partnership with The Future of Richmond's Past offered a full day of free activities for the public at Civil War & Emancipation Day: the 150th Anniversaries. Civil War & Emancipation Day Free shuttle transportation will be available.
Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online
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 2011
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