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April 2013 -
Brent Morgan, President                Gary Cowardin, Editor    
9091 Pantego Lane                      1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Mechanicsville, VA 23116               Richmond, VA 23227-3735               

Tom Clemens "Ezra Carmen and the Battle of Antietam" 7:30pm, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 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 stairs into the DINING HALL <<<< Dr. Thomas G. Clemens is editor of The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, the papers of Ezra Carman, Antietam's first historian. He has published numerous articles on the Maryland campaign, is a licensed battlefield guide at Antietam and is a founder and current president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. He recently retired as history professor at Hagerstown Community College. Ted Alexander, chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield has called him "Mr. Antietam." Meeting Attendance for: March 2013 = 111 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 Civil War Members. Well it's hard to believe it but we are into the Spring season. We will have some cool days yet but we will have more that are warmer. Take the time to re-visit one our Civil War parks. I read that Bert Dunkerly will be leading some tours regarding the Bread Riots of 1863 on April 6. Other opportunities abound as well. We had a terrific speaker, Thomas Cartwright, speaking about Nathan Bedford Forrest in March. This month we are having another excellent speaker, Tom Clemens, the Antietam expert. Also, a note about tradition. We will be calling on member Hobson Goddin to read R. E. Lee's General Order Number 9 from April 1865. See you all Tuesday. Brent
RCWRT Annual Field Trip: Bristoe Station Saturday, June 8, 2013 8 am- 5 pm $40 April update from Bert: Lets fill the bus! The annual field trip is set for Sat. June 8th to Bristoe Station Battlefield Park. Remember, we're going to see four sites on this trip: Bristoe Station, Kettle Run, Buckland, and Rappahannock Station. There's been recent archaeology and land preservation so don't miss it! You may bring a check for $40, made out to the RCWRT to the meeting and give it to Richard Grosse. OR mail it to me, Bert Dunkerly at 2515 E Clay St, Richmond, VA 23223. I will not be at April's meeting, but if you have questions you may email me at: Full info: This year's trip will visit sites associated with the 1863 Bristoe Station Campaign. There have been many improvements recently to the Bristoe Station Battlefield Park. The site includes not just the 1863 battle, in which General Lee told General A.P. Hill, "Bury these poor men and let us say no more about it." A year earlier, fighting raged across these rolling hills as part of the Second Manassas Campaign. Even before that, two 1861 Confederate campsites were located here. Recently the park has identified the site of a cemetery associated with an Alabama camp. We will depart Richmond at 8 am and arrive at Bristoe Station at 9:30. Rob Orrison, park manager, will meet our group for a private tour of the site. There are two walking trails, each about one mile, that we will walk. One is flat, the other hilly. Following lunch, we will visit the site of the cavalry action at Buckland, and end the day at the battlefield of Rappahannock Station. We should be back in Richmond by 5 pm. Don't miss this chance to see the great preservation work being done at these sites, and it's the 150th anniversary! We will leave promptly at 8 AM from the Lowe's parking lot in the North Park Shopping Center at Parham and Brook Roads (same as last year's departure). Lunch is not included but there are several restaurants in the shopping center where we will pause for lunch, including Tony's (Italian), Fosters (hamburgers), McDonalds, and Burger King. Bottled water will be provided. You can bring your check (made out to the RCWRT) to the April meeting, or mail it to: Bert Dunkerly 2515 E Clay St. Richmond, VA 23223 804-221-3674 Deadline to get your check to Bert is May 1, 2013. Don't delay! Bert
FYI - Richmond Don't forget about the upcoming Civil War & Emancipation Day: Saturday, April 6. FREE events are scheduled all day throughout the city. Special highlights include Bread Riot 150th Anniversary Walking Tours, a Lincoln Walk, and Jackson Ward Tours. For more information visit
FYI - Stafford Ths Grand Opening of the Stafford Civil War Park will be on the 27th of April, 2013 -- 150 years to the day that 11th Corps soldiers marched out of the park area towards Chancellorsville. Both FSCWS volunteers and Stafford Parks and Recreation personnel work in the park several days a week now to prepare for the opening. Visitors will be able to tour the park. Over 100 re-enactors including horse drawn artillery and a field hospital group are expected. For more information visit or call 540-658-6324
Civil War Trust For the latest CWT news visit:
Upcoming Events Links Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
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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 2013
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