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"Shut Up as in a Trap: Citizens Under Siege" by Terry Winschel 7:30pm, Tuesday, April 11, 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. Terry Winschel is a native of Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , and a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. He also holds M.S.S. (Master of Social Science) and Ed.S. (Education Specialist) degrees from Mississippi College . Mr. Winschel was a thirty-five-year veteran of the National Park Service who served at Gettysburg National Military Park, Fredericksburg National Military Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and in 2012 retired as Historian at Vicksburg National Military Park. Terry has written 100 articles on the Civil War. He is author of nine books, including: Vicksburg National Military Park (Arcadia Publishing 2015), Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, Vol. II (SavasBeatie 2006), Vicksburg is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River (University of Nebraska Press 2003), The Civil War Diary of a Common Soldier (LSU Press 2001), Vicksburg: Fall of the Confederate Gibraltar (McWhiney Research Foundation Press 1999), and Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign (Savas Publishing 1998). Mr. Winschel is the 2004 recipient of the Nevins-Freeman Award presented by The Civil War Round Table of Chicago, the 2006 Charles L. Dufour Award presented by The Civil War Round Table of New Orleans, was named National Park Service Preservationist of the Year in 2007 by the Civil War Preservation Trust, and is the 2013 recipient of Carrington Williams Battlefield Preservations of the Year Award by the Civil War Trust. "Shut Up As In A Trap: Citizens Under Siege" Most works on the Vicksburg campaign focus almost exclusively on the military operations centered on the fortress city and fail to address a key element in the equation-namely the civilian population of Vicksburg who experienced war in all its horrors during the long 47 days of siege. Who were these people and what is their story? In "Shut Up As In A Trap," Terry Winschel, retired historian at Vicksburg National Military Park, recounts the plight of these men, women, and children who experienced the most terrifying ordeal of their lives in a struggle to survive. Tapping on period letters, diaries, and memoirs, Mr. Winschel weaves a moving account of life in the beleaguered city. His program paints a vivid portrait of life underground where citizens sought shelter from the storm of lead and iron that rained upon their city and details the suffering and death of Vicksburg's gallant residents. His words are brought to life by slides featuring scores of faces of the citizens of Vicksburg who stood firm in the midst of conflict. Their lives directly impacted by the cruelty of war more so than people in any other American city, North or South, the people of Vicksburg have left a legacy of courage and fortitude that will inspire all who hear their story. Meeting Attendance for March: 95 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 March's speaker, Bud Robertson, was worth the trip. While it wasn't battlefield action it showed off his great talent for understanding what he needs to do to make the way better for those historians who follow. If you've ever tried to gather specific information you know how difficult it is to do. His recounting of John Jones' diary efforts and his turning them into valuable research material is a real gift to those attempting to fill in details in any capacity. His question and follow up session displayed his seemingly unending knowledge of other areas of the conflict and the people who played the parts. His insight into Stonewall Jackson's life alone was worth the trip. Elaine did us a real favor. Troy
SAVE the DATE: RCWRT Bus Tour Scheduled for June 24 All was not quiet along the Potomac during the fall and winter of 1861. Beginning in May 1861, Confederate forces sought ways to blockade Washington via the Potomac blockade. In a series of strategic moves, skirmishes and naval battles, the Confederates created a real embarrassment for the Lincoln administration. The Federal city was virtually blockaded until March 1862, driving up prices in the capital and effecting the supply of McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Last September, historian Rob Orrison spoke to the Richmond Civil War Round Table on the oft-overlooked Potomac Blockade. His presentation was insightful, enlightening and well-received by our members. We are delighted to report Mr. Orrison has agreed to lead us on a tour of many of the sites associated with the blockade. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 24. On that day we will board a bus in Richmond and make our way north for stops at Aquia Church, Aquia Landing, Quantico Marine Base, Williams Ordinary, Cockpit Point and Leesylvania State Park. Some of these sites are not accessible to the general public. For more background on the War on the Potomac, see Mr. Orrison's detailed account of the blockade in the recent edition of Blue & Gray magazine. Further details of our bus tour will be coming soon.
Please welcome the following new members: Mark and Janice Bilger, Alan and Harriette Padgett, Richard McRee Robert Kingery, Richard Kesler, William "Bill" Ryan 2017 Membership Dues were due by April 1 A late fee of $25 is now in effect for additional 2017 memberships. Membership and Members Contact Information .pdf Form Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary 2425 Falkirk Drive North Chesterfield, VA 23236
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