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

Dr. Brian Steel Wills "Rock Steady: Major General George H. Thomas" 7:30pm, Tuesday, May 14, 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 <<<< Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Civil War Center and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, after a long tenure at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. His newest book is a biography entitled George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel. He also wrote A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a History Book Club selection, and The War in Southeastern Virginia. In 2000, Dr. Wills received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the state of Virginia, one of eleven recipients from all faculty members at public and private institutions across the state. He is widely regarded as a very entertaining speaker. Meeting Attendance for: March 2013 = 96 NOTE: Please put on your NAME BADGE on when you arrive for the meeting. (They will be on a table near the back of the room.)
Message from Our President If you haven't done so, please write your check for $40 and bring it with you. This will cover you for the June 8th field trip to Bristoe Station. This promises to be an exciting excursion and one that you don't want to miss. See you all Tuesday. Brent
Don't forget Books For Bucks! Bring in any books you no longer need and donate them to the cause. Be sure to browse the table of good books at the back of the room. Bert
RCWRT Annual Field Trip: Bristoe Station Saturday, June 8, 2013 8 am- 5 pm $40 May update from Bert: If you havn't yet paid for the bus tour, please bring a check to me (made out to RCWRT). We can still take several more, so if you're hesitating, come out and join us! 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. Bert Dunkerly 2515 E Clay St. Richmond, VA 23223 804-221-3674 Bert
Membership As of May 6, 2013, there are 149 paying 2013 RCWRT members. Thank you for meeting the deadline dues of our organization. This allows your elected executive team to work to plan speakers and field trip events. Meanwhile, 42 individuals who were 2012 paying members have not paid 2013 dues. Again, your executive team is reaching out to these individuals. Through personal calls, emails, and letters, these individuals are being encouraged to become active members. If you are one of these individuals, please know that we are interested in working with you to remain a member. Our dues have not changed in a good number of years and our executive team has spent countless hours working to bring you engaging speakers for monthly meetings as well as a yearly banquet. Field trips require numerous hours of planning and networking to provide a quality learning experience at a moderate price. Dues are $35 for Resident Member, $45 for Resident Couple, $20 for Resident Senior (age 65 with 10 years of RCWRT membership), and $25 for Resident Couple (at least one must be age 65 with 10 years of RCWRT membership). Non-residents are individuals who live 50 or more miles outside of Richmond City. A non-resident member pays $20 and a non-resident couple pays $25. Students between the age of 13 - 17 pay $20. Sustaining members pay $50 or more which consists of their dues plus a contribution to the organization. If you need information about your membership dues, please contact Sandy Parker by email at (Subject: 2013 RCWRT Membership) Just click the E-mail address above or by telephone at 804-276-7867. Dues in check form only made out to RCWRT can be mailed to: Sandy 2425 Falkirk Drive North Chesterfield, VA 23236 Sandy
Civil War Trust For the latest CWT news visit:
Upcoming Events Links Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
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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