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

Anna Gibson Holloway "So Ends This Day: The Life and Times of the USS Monitor From 1861 to Yesterday" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, 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) In 2007, Anna Gibson Holloway completed the USS Monitor Center exhibit at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA. Prior to her assuming her current position as Vice President, Museum Collections & Programs at The Mariners' Museum, she served as Director of Education and Interpretation. She was previously the Manager of School Tour Programs for the Chrysler Museum of Art and Historic Houses in Norfolk, VA and has also worked for Jamestown Settlement as part of the crew of the Susan Constant, and for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. A native of Winston-Salem, she earned her BA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA in Tudor/Stuart History from the College of William and Mary. The Union ironclad USS Monitor is most famous for its epic battle with the Confederate ship, CSS Virginia on March 9, 1862. The Monitor also participated in the Federal attempt later that spring to ascend the James River and to shell Richmond. The Union flotilla was halted by Confederate defenders at Drewry's Bluff on May 15th. After helping to secure Union control of Hampton Roads during the Peninsula Campaign, the Monitor was ordered south to participate in U.S. Navy operations along the North Carolina coast. Sadly for the ship and her crew, she sunk in a heavy gale off Cape Hatteras on December 31, 1862. But the Monitor's story was far from over. The wreck of the ship was found in 1973 and the site was established as a National Marine Sanctuary in 1975. Since then, it has been the focus of extensive recovery operations by the U.S. Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Now, major parts of the Monitor rest at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News. If you have not visited the USS Monitor Center recently, you will find it hard to resist after listening to this presentation on the marvelous history of this warship and the secrets it continues to divulge. We will be treated to some of those secrets by Anna Holloway as she explains how she and her staff have used entries in the Monitor's log, official and personal correspondence, and evidence found on and in the wreck of the "Cheese Box on a Raft", the USS Monitor. Be sure to come early to get a good seat. Meeting Attendance: March 2011 = 86 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 Word from Our President Welcome all RCWRT members to our May meeting. I hope all are enjoying the weather and beautiful outdoors. We have a great Virginia topic and speaker. The day tour will be here soon, Saturday June 18. Our dinner meeting for November 8 is set. Don't forget any dues. Please bring a friend. See you Tuesday May 10. David Whitehead, Pres. RCWRT
Books for Buck$$ At our April meeting, First VP Jack Mountcastle introduced a program aimed at raising funds to defray the cost of our 8 November dinner meeting. For the next three meetings (May, June, and July) members are requested to donate Civil War history books (either hardbound or paperback) for sale at the fixed price of $10.00 for hardbacks and $5.00 for paperbound. The funds raised through this book exchange will be collected by our Treasurer and applied directly to the cost of the November reception and dinner. We raised $60.00 in April and hope to raise more in the months ahead. Please bring some books for buck$$!!
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 May meeting or mail it to: Brent Morgan 9091 Pantego Ln Mechanicsville, VA 23116-5837 804-550-3039
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Upcoming Events Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
May 21-22 - Fourteenth Annual Civil War Reenactment at Fort Pocahontas CHARLES CITY, Va., March 28, 2011 -- On Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2011, Fort Pocahontas at Wilson's Wharf will come alive through Civil War living history, civilian presentations, guided fort tours and two battle reenactments. Located between Richmond and Williamsburg in Charles City, Virginia, the fort will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. For more info:
May 21-22 - Spotsylvania, VA The Spotsylvania Courthouse area will come alive on May 21st and May 22nd for the "Battles of Spotsylvania 2011 Civil War Reenactment," a part of the ongoing commemoration associated with the 150th (Sesquicentennial) anniversary of the Civil War. The local community is invited to be a part of this living history happening. Approximately 8,000 spectators are anticipated, traveling to Spotsylvania from all parts of the globe. This event will have a strong family-focus. Kids will have the opportunity to visit camps and talk with some of the 700 re-enactors who are expected to participate. For more info:
June 11 - Annual Tour & Business Meeting - Gaines's Mills Battlefield Richmond Battlefields Association will hold its annual tour & meeting on Saturday, June 11, at the Gaines' Mill Battlefield. NPS historian Robert E.L. Krick will lead a walking tour of the battlefield with special emphasis on the newly acquired RBA property - the first preservation success on the Confederate side of Boatswain creek. Here the decisive charge of Hood's Texas Brigade broke the Union line. RBA's annual meeting will follow the 90 minute tour. This event is free and open to the public and will begin at 9:30 am. Follow the RBA signage on Watt House Road to on-site parking. Please carpool if possible. For more info:
June 11 - Washington DC - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum On Saturday, June 11, 2011, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will host a Civil War family Day in the Museum and on the National Mall. There will be Union re-enactors, balloons, educational talks and family activities for visitors of all ages. This event runs from 10AM-3PM. On Friday, June 17, 2011, the NASM will host an evening symposium in its Lockheed-Martin Theater, featuring talks by four leading authorities on Civil War ballooning. This event runs from 7PM-9PM. Admission to both events is free. Street parking is limited and riding Metro is recommended.
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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