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:
9091 Pantego Ln
Mechanicsville, VA 23116-5837
Civil War Trust
For the latest CWT news visit: www.civilwar.org
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.
For more info: www.fortpocahontas.org/pressrelease.html
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: www.spotsylvania.org/2011.htm
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: www.saverichmondbattlefields.org/Tours.html
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
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
www.moc.orgVisit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
Events CalendarPamplin Historical Park and
The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
Special Events CalendarRCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2011
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