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Elaine Duckworth, President         Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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"Refugees During the Civil War" by Chandra Manning 7:30pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 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. Chandra teaches U.S. history, chiefly of the 19th century, including classes on the Civil War, slavery and emancipation, Lincoln, citizenship, the American Revolution, and the History of Baseball (not necessarily in that order). She began teaching at Georgetown in 2005, took leave to serve as Special Advisor to the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University from 2015-2017, and returned to Georgetown full time in the fall of 2017. Her first book, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War (Knopf, 2007) won the Avery O. Craven Prize awarded by the Organization of American Historians, earned Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize and the Virginia Literary Awards for Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Jefferson Davis Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize. Her second book, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War (Knopf, 2016), about Civil War refugee camps where former slaves allied with the Union Army and altered the course of the war and of emancipation, won the Jefferson Davis Prize awarded by the American Civil War Museum for best book on the Civil War. A former National Park Service Ranger, she has also advised historical sites, museums, and historical societies, as well as community groups in search of historical perspective. She is in Washington, DC on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and for the rest of the week lives with her husband and children outside of Boston. She has a particular interest in neurodiversity. Above all, she is a Red Sox fan. Meeting Attendance for March: 71 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 The number of refugees forced to flee the security of their homes during the Civil War is truly astounding. It's estimated that 200,000 Southerners endured this hardship between 1861 and 1865. To read more about refugees before our April presentation, I recommend the following source by the Encyclopedia of Virginia: What better way to highlight our topic of study for the month of April than to consider a poem by a man who was born a slave, taught himself to read, and became the first African American to publish his work in the South? The Southern Refugee by George Moses Horton What sudden ill the world await, From my dear residence I roam; I must deplore the bitter fate, To straggle from my native home. The verdant willow droops her head, And seems to bid a fare thee well; The flowers with tears their fragrance shed, Alas! their parting tale to tell. 'Tis like the loss of Paradise, Or Eden's garden left in gloom, Where grief affords us no device; Such is thy lot, my native home. I never, never shall forget My sad departure far away, Until the sun of life is set, And leaves behind no beam of day. How can I from my seat remove And leave my ever devoted home, And the dear garden which I love, The beauty of my native home? Alas! sequestered, set aside, It is a mournful tale to tell; 'Tis like a lone deserted bride That bade her bridegroom fare thee well. I trust I soon shall dry the tear And leave forever hence to roam, Far from a residence so dear, The place of beauty----my native home. Read more about the life of George Moses Horton at: As I continue to highlight members who serve the RCWRT in voluntary leadership capacities, I'd like to recognize Art Wingo who does a superb job as our treasurer. Art has donated his time and expertise to our roundtable for the past two years. He also serves as a volunteer for the Richmond National Battlefield Park at Chimborazo Hospital. Why not consider a return visit to Chimborazo Hospital this spring? Chimborazo Hospital - Richmond National Battlefield Park (U.S. National Park Service) Thanks to all who have given input and suggestions to our executive committee in the past few weeks. Elaine
2018 Membership and Information Form 2018 RCWRT membership dues were collected through April 1. Dues postmarked after April 1 are considered late. A $25 late fee will be added to individual and couple memberships. $60 = individual and $70 = couple membership. Using the link below open the .pdf file print and fill it out then either bring it to the meeting along with payment or mail it to Sandy @: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary 2425 Falkirk Drive North Chesterfield, VA 23236 2018 Membership and Members Contact Information .pdf Form (Click the link above and the .pdf form should open ready for printing.) New members are welcome throughout the year. A one time initiation fee of $25 is added to the $35 individual or $45 couple membership dues. Please follow the instructions on the members form on the RCWRT website.
FYI First Presbyterian Church greatly appreciates the support of those Round Table members who contributed to the Church's outreach ministry at the March meeting when they picked up copies of the bicentennial history entitled Footprints of the Saints: A Narrative History of the First Presbyterian Church, 1812-2012. Several members have recently expressed an interest in having a copy, so additional copies will be available at our April 10th meeting. Jack Mountcastle
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