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April 2012 -
Jack Mountcastle                       Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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Eric W. Buckland Mosby Men >>> 7:30pm (NEW TIME) <<<, Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 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. Author of Mosby's Keydet Rangers, Mosby Men, Mosby Men II and Mosby Men III John Singleton Mosby was the quintessential small-unit partisan leader. He earned a place in the U.S. Army's Ranger Hall of Fame - no simple task when you consider that he earned his reputation fighting against troopers from the United States Army - but, no commander achieves greatness without superior soldiers carrying out his orders. Mosby was fortunate to have been surrounded by brave and intelligent men - my books tell their stories. - Eric Buckland Meeting Attendance for: March 2012 = 105 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.)
Muster now for the RCWRT's 2012 Field Trip "Mosby's Confederacy": Fights & Sites of the 43rd Battalion, Partisan Rangers Saturday, May 5, 2012, 8AM to 5:30PM, Cost: $45 Here's a sampling of the sites you'll see and visit: Mount Zion Church, Aldie Mill, Rector House, Hathaway House, Millwood, the Berryville Wagon Train Raid, and Miskell's Farm. Mount Zion Church and the Rector House are not normally open to the public. A printed detailed description of the tour sites will be available at the April meeting. Our tour guide will be Horace Mewborn, a nationally recognized expert on John S. Mosby. He is co-author of the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry: Mosby's Command and three issues of Blue & Gray magazine on "Mosby's Confederacy." For those interested in the tour's rigor, there will not be extensive walking. We will leave promptly at 8 AM from the Lowe's parking lot in the North Park Shopping Center at Parham and Brook Roads. Lunch is not included but we will stop at the Subway in Marshall, VA, if you do not wish to bring a lunch. McDonald's is only a block away too. Water will be provided. Sign-up sheets will be available at the April meeting. You can bring your check (made out to the RCWRT) to the April meeting or mail it to: Bruce Venter Phone: 804-457-2078 2315 Bexley Wood Run Email: Goochland, VA 23063 Deadline to get your check to Bruce is May 1, 2012
Spring is here ... and welcome to our April meeting! Since our last meeting, another great Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Conference was conducted, hosted this year by VMI in Lexington. And the Appomattox Branch of the Museum of the Confederacy held its grand opening -- a great day! Both events were very well attended, with a number of guests coming great distances to be in Virginia. Again this year, we are honored to have C. Hobson Goddin reading General Order No. 9, Robert E. Lee's farewell order to his soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia following their surrender on April 9, 1865 We've done a really good job of getting our dues paid on time this year. Let's make that a habit. We've got a fine speaker coming to our April meeting. You will enjoy listening to him, I'm sure. Our annual bus tour is rapidly filling up, so sign up soon if you're going with us. See you at 7:30 on 10 April! Jack Mountcastle, RCWRT President
Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox Stages Grand Opening (180 degree panorama photo of half those attending the opening dedication) On Saturday, a handshake between their re-enactors marked the opening of the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox, dedicated to the history of the Confederacy and to the place where the war effectively ended and reunification began. Hundreds and hundreds were on hand for the grand opening, and while there was no official estimate, Museum President Waite Rawls called it "a great big honkin' crowd." Opening ceremonies began at 10 a.m., and by that time the grounds already were full. The main exhibit hall, which includes the museum's two marquee items - Robert E. Lee's sword and the uniform he wore at the surrender - was packed for hours. Visitors swarmed the main lobby area and parked themselves on the museum's benches just to wait their turn inside. The opening marked the culmination of what Rawls called six years of planning and construction. The facility, located just off Virginia 24 near U.S. 460 and about two miles from the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, is the first of multiple planned satellite locations for the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, and where it will share its vast collection of Confederate artifacts, papers and flags. (Clips from an item by Dave Thompson)
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Upcoming Events
May at the Hanover Tavern May 15: The roundtable's own Dennis Madison to speak at Hanover Tavern at 7:00 p.m. on "The Naval Battle of Drewry's Bluff," on the precise 150th anniversary of the action. May 19: Hanover Heritage Day. Hanover Tavern to host artillery demonstrations, from 10:00 to 3:00. Both events have small "suggested donations" See for details. Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
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 2012
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