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Bert Dunkerly, President               Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2814 E Franklin St.                    1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23223                     Richmond, VA 23227-3735                     

Mathew W. Lively, DO "The Wounding and Death of Stonewall Jackson" 7:30pm, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 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. Mathew Lively, a native of Oak Hill, West Virginia, currently resides in Morgantown where he works for the WVU School of Medicine as a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He also serves as the Medical Director of the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. A lifelong Civil War enthusiast, Dr. Lively's primary area of interest is Civil War medicine with a particular emphasis on the wounding and death of Stonewall Jackson, a subject on which he has published articles in medical journals and a book: Calamity at Chancellorsville: The Wounding and Death of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Meeting Attendance for: April 2015 = 72 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 Now that the Sesquicentennial is over (Unless you're holding out for the 150th anniversary of the CSS Shenandoah in November), you may be wondering, what's next? Historic sites and museums have hosted incredible and exciting programs over the last four years. Yet it doesn't have to be over. Like me, I hope you were inspired by what you saw and participated in. I think now is the time to build on that momentum. We can now delve deeper into topics that we were exposed to. We can make the extra effort to support historic sites and museums that we care about. Let's not rest on our laurels, I encourage everyone to stay active, keep learning, and keep sharing. I'd like to mention that our very own former President Bruce Venter has just published a book about the Revolutionary War battle of Hubbardton, Vermont. He also has another one coming out next year on Dahlgren's Raid. Way to go, Bruce! We have so many talented and active people in our group, please share what you're researching, writing, and doing with history! Bert
RWCRT Annual Field Trip: Appomattox Saturday June 20, 2015 8 AM - 5 PM $35 You may have visited Appomattox before but in all likelihood you haven't visited the Appomattox we will tour. Three conditions make this a special trip: (1) The Appomattox Station area (where a battle would have taken place) is open for the first time (2) We are encouraging children or grandchildren to attend (3) It is the sesquicentennial for this event with appropriate NPS attention The Court House or eastern area has been open for years but, until April of this year, the Appomattox Station area has been unavailable. With help from the Civil War Preservation Trust this western property has only recently been acquired, reworked and opened to the public in time for the sesquicentennial. It is scheduled for completion shortly before April 9, 2015, which means with the usual development delays we will be among the first to view it as completed. It was at this site that it became obvious even to diehards that hostilities needed to cease. Terrain features and what lay to the west and north, the proposed escape route for the remains of the Army of Northern Virginia, made the decision obvious. The date was April 7 and 8, 1865. On April 9, 1865, on the eastern grounds or Court House area Lee and Grant met and the actual paper signing took place. By also touring the Court House grounds we will connect the crucial three-day time period with Patrick Schroeder from the NPS as our guide. As a primer I urge you to read Chapter 6 Section 4 of Bruce Catton's A Stillness at Appomattox. You will experience an impressionable and poignant rendering of the last battle that occurred on the location we will visit. We will depart Richmond at 8 AM arriving about 10:00 at the Museum of the Confederacy. We'll be free to walk through the facility assisted by educators for questions and to point out items of interest. There will be a hands-on display consisting of soldiers' items, a home front display or toys and games of the period. We'll then leave for the western area tour returning to the Museum or to a commercial area to have lunch before leaving for the Court House field tour. On completion of the Court House tour we will depart for Richmond to arrive about 5 PM. The departure pick-up point has not been determined. We are searching for a suitable place somewhere in south Richmond. You may need to bring your own lunch . We are exploring convenient fast food outlets as we speak. We will have bottled drinking water available. This being one of the last sesquicentennial events planned makes this a fun and historically significant event to share with a special family member. Specifically, if you have a child or grandchild of appropriate age who can make the bus ride and needs a jump start on history (and what school child doesn't today?) this will be a wonderful way to get him or her going. Make it a super special trip by bringing a child or grandchild with you. A great opportunity to Train Up Your Replacement. Sign up sheets will be available at the April and May meetings. Please don't delay on this trip. I urge you to bring your check payable to the RCWRT with the notation "June Trip" to the meeting or mail it to: Troy Arnold 301 Hollyport Road Richmond, Virginia 23229 804-740-8718
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Upcoming Events/Links
May 16, 2015 "After the War" After the War: A One-Day Symposium on the Effects of the Civil War, is a regional capstone event for the Virginia Civil War 150th Commemoration at the historic Old Manassas Courthouse. Speakers include: Bert Dunkerly on the Surrender George Wunderlich on Soldiers' Post-war Effects Emmanuel Dabney on the Freedman's Bureau Dr. Jane Censer on Women in Reconstruction John Coski on the Confederate Battle Flag and John Hennessy on Civil War Memory $10 registration fee Call 703-792-4754 or email A Prince William County/Manassas Civil War Symposium May 16, 2015
2015 CHAMBERSBURG CIVIL WAR SEMINARS & TOURS BASED IN CHAMBERSBURG, PA. "Ed Bearss Symposium:Leadership and Combat in the Civil War" April 10-12 "On the Trail of Those Damn Black Hats: Weekend with Lance Herdegen and the Iron Brigade" May 15-17 "The End of the War: Richmond, Petersburg, and Appomattox" July 22-26 "Lincoln" Sept. 24-27 Based in Richmond, VA. More information can be found at: Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
NPS Richmond - Sesquicentennial - 1865/2015
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 2015

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