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May 2014 -
Bruce Venter, President                Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2315 Bexley Wood Run                   1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Goochland, VA 23063                    Richmond, VA 23227-3735                  

Greg Starbuck (Executive Director, Historic Sandusky) "Hunter's Raid: When the Valley Wept" 7:30pm, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 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. Greg Starbuck is a graduate of Virginia Tech with degrees in History and Business Management. He has worked at the National Colonial Farm in Accokeek, MD and Old Fort Jackson in Savannah, GA as an Historical Interpreter. From 1988 to 1996 he was an exhibit builder for the Virginia Marine Science Museum in Virginia Beach. In 1996, he moved to Savannah, Georgia to accept the position of Site Manager of Old Fort Jackson. In 2000 he was designated Curator Emeritus of the Coastal Heritage Society. From 2000-2002 he served as the first Director of Education at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, Georgia. Starbuck has done contractual work for the Museum of the Confederacy,The Mariner's Museum, Jamestown National Historic Site, and The National Monitor Marine Sanctuary. In 2002 he became Executive Director of Historic Sandusky in Lynchburg, Virginia, the historic home that was used as headquarters during the 1864 Battle of Lynchburg. He has been interviewed on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, and CSPAN, and worked on the movies Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, Cold Mountain, and Lincoln. In 2011 Starbuck received two Emmyr awards for writing and directing "Hunter's Raid: Defending Hearth and Home," a 55-minute documentary on the 1864 military campaign through Central Virginia. Meeting Attendance for: March 2014 = 98 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 On a tour I was leading last month, one of the participants brought to my attention an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 10. The article decried the lack of enthusiasm the public has for the Civil War's Sesquicentennial. It reported that Americans are just not interested in touring sites, attending re-enactments or buying relics and memorabilia. One historian thought a major factor was "widespread ignorance" saying, "Significant numbers of people have no idea when the Civil War occurred, let alone what it was about." I would not disagree. I remember the myriad events of the Centennial, fifty years ago, and how much those events influenced my own interest in the Civil War. The first adult history book I purchased in 1961 was Edward Stackpole's They Met at Gettysburg (and I still have it.) So my point is: please make an effort to get a young person interested in the Civil War or any facet of America's history, before it's too late. You won't regret it and perhaps you'll kindle a spark that will pay dividends in future years. America's history is an endangered species. It needs to be saved as much as the Karner blue butterfly. On a positive note, Janette Walker marched forward to take the standard of raffle purveyor. She will be twisting arms to sell those raffle tickets as any Southern belle would do for the cause. So have your Greenbacks ready as she does not give quarter easily. Seriously, thank you so much, Janette, for assisting the RCWRT with this important assignment. Bruce
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Bermuda Hundred Campaign Tour Saturday, June 21, 8:30 - 4:30 Our tour leader will be George L. Fickett, author, preservationist, and Civil War Trust, NPS and Virginia multi awardee. George is a lifelong resident of Prince George County, Virginia and has been an employee of Chesterfield County for over forty-two years in the mapping and Geographic Information Services section. He has studied this campaign in depth for over forty years. There are two pickup points, one in Northside and the other in Southside. The bus will depart from the parking lot in front of Lowe's Home Store at 8001 Brook Rd, Richmond, at the intersection of Brook and Parham Rd at 8:30 AM. (Please arrive by 8:15.) We will return at 4:30 PM. The other pickup is at 9AM at the the Hardee's restaurant at West Hundred Rd. (Route 10) and Old Stage Rd. just off I-95 at Exit 61A in Chesterfield. Lunch will be at fast food stop or bring your own. Handouts and water will be provided. Please send your check for $35 payable to RCWRT to: Bill Welsch 10708 Rocket Drive Glen Allen, VA 23060 Please include your name and email address and if you'll meet the bus at Lowe's or Hardee's. Address any questions to For any problems on the morning of the tour, please contact Bill at 804-349-8840. See you there! TENTATIVE ITINERARY/TIMELINE for May 5th-May 20th, 1864 Campaign May 5th, Bermuda Hundred Landing May 6th, Historic Point of Rocks 18th Corp Line May 6th & 7th 1st & 2nd Battles of Port Walthall Junction May 9th Battle of Swift Creek May 10th Battle of Chester Station May 13th Battle of Woolridge Hill May 16th Battle of Drewrys's Bluff Fort Stevens/ 39th Ill. Parks May 20th Battle of Ware Bottom Church Battery Dantzler Parker's Battery Ware Bottom Church Battlefield Park Ware Bottom Church Site Howlett Line Park
RCWRT Dues Update for 2014 Thank you to all the members who have paid their dues to date. In addition to new and continuing members, we have had several previous members renew their membership. I truly appreciate the large response to meet the deadline for dues. It makes my task easier and allows me to be a participant in the monthly meetings instead of sitting on the sidelines doing paperwork. With that said, please continue to send your dues, it helps to fund the speakers, trips, holiday dinner, and other projects that we want to undertake. Rates for dues are as follows: $35 Resident member $25 Resident couple members Resident is defined as an individual or couple who resides within a 50 mile radius of Richmond. $20 Non-Resident member $25 Non- Resident couple Non-Resident is defined as an individual or couple who resides outside of the 50 mile radius from Richmond. Senior Member $20 Senior member is defined as an individual who is over the age of 65 years and has been a RCWRT member for the last ten years (since s/he was 55 years old). Senior Couple $25 Senior couple is defined as a couple who has one partner who meets the definition of a senior member. Checks can be made out to RCWRT. Checks and cash payments can be made at the February 11 and March 11 meetings. Dues can be mailed in check form only to: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary, 2425 Falkirk Drive, North Chesterfield, VA 23236 If you have any questions about your due payment, please contact me at with RCWRT Dues as the subject line or call me at: 804-276-7867 Thanks, Sandy
Richmond National Battlefield Park Tours Don't miss the bus, seats still open for its bus tours: North Anna, May 23 Haw's Shop, May 28 Totopotomoy, May 30 Cold Harbor to Petersburg, June 14 Deep Bottom, Aug 16 Fort Harrison, Sept 27 For prices and details, call 804-335-8100
The Dabbs Hosue is hosting a Symposium on June 20, see the website below for details:
Civil War Trust For the latest CWT news visit:
Upcoming Events/Links Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
NPS Richmond - Sesquicentennial - 1864/2014
Chesterfield Historical Society Winter Lecture Series
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 2014

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