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Bill Welsch, President               Gary Cowardin, Editor    
10708 Rocket Dr.                     1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Glen Allen, VA 23060                 Richmond, VA 23227-3735               

"The Tribulations of Captain Oscar Hinrichs" by Rick Williams 7:30pm, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 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. Prussian-born artist and cartographer Oscar Hinrichs was an active member of Stonewall Jackson's staff and collaborated on maps with Jed Hotchkiss who mentioned him sixteen times in his own journals. Hinrichs served under other prominent senior commanders such as Joe Johnston, Dick Anderson, and Jubal Early-as well as a number of well-known generals in the Second Corps. Rick Williams is an independent historian based in Chapel Hill, NC. He is also the author of Chicago's Battery Boys: The Chicago Mercantile Battery in the Civil War's Western Theater, which Ed Bearss helped him to research and write. Both Stonewall's Prussian Mapmaker (UNC Press) and Chicago's Battery Boys (Savas Beatie) are based on his Civil War collection of first-hand accounts. An executive in the biotechnology industry, and an expert on doing business in China, he currently is serving as Chief Commercial Officer at Emulate, a major new bioscience spinout from Harvard University. Meeting Attendance for April: 80 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 Please let me start with a bit more business. Thanks to David Whitehead and Troy Arnold, it appears that the annual dinner at the Willow Oaks Country Club is still possible, albeit with a small price increase. It's critical to our financial health that this wonderful holiday gathering be self supporting. Please mark your calendar for November 10. Executive Committee member Dan Balfour has kindly agreed to chair a small committee of members to review the dues question. The current schedule is rather confusing and complex. There is constantly a problem with members not paying dues at all or finally paying very late in the year. Currently, about one-third of our members are in the senior category, paying less dues, or about $1.67 per meeting. As more and more members move into this category, our revenue will continue to decrease. Again, we must plan for the future financial health of the Richmond CWRT. We'll be back to you with more details and proposals. Thank you to Art Wingo for coming forward to assist Treasurer Richard in developing a new and simplified round table bookkeeping system. It also seems that we need new folks to handle our monthly book raffle and the snacks. If anyone is interested, please either contact me via email or speak with me at the meeting. Thanks to our own Sam Craghead for coming forward in a last minute rescue with his excellent Shenandoah presentation. The Library of Virginia is an outstanding resource for any student of the Civil War. This link is a brief piece from their 'Out of the Box' series that deals with the origin of the Official Records, especially the atlas portion. Check the last paragraph for some interesting reference materials. Also, be sure to explore Civil War Related Posts at the bottom. As they suggest, officially mapping the Civil War turned out to be more art than science. Don't forget to sign up for our annual field trip on June 18, when we'll ride around McClellan with Stuart and John Fox. Bill
Annual Field Trip: Stuart's Ride around the Union Army! Saturday, June 18th, 9:00-4:00, $35/person ONLY 9 SEATS LEFT! Sign up Tuesday or mail it in NOW! Historian John Fox, author of Stuart's Finest Hour, will narrate the tour using Union, Confederate and civilian accounts as we follow the route of Stuart and his Federal pursuers. Stops will be made at key points, beginning at Hanover Tavern where blue and gray cavalrymen exchanged gunfire in the first encounter of the expedition. We'll then continue southeast to Taliaferro's Mills, Haws Shop, Totopotomoy Creek Bridge, Linney's Corner, and Old Church before crossing into New Kent County where we'll pass Tunstalls Station and Baltimore Store. We'll head south to the famous Chickahominy River crossing site at Forge Bridge, then cross into Charles City County. Then we'll head west on the old James River Road (Rte. 5) where we'll pass the Rowland house before turning back to Richmond. We'll be meeting at the same parking lot we have used several times in the past few years: North Park Shopping Center at Parham and Brook Roads (8001 Brook Road). Please plan on packing a lunch. We'll be stopping at New Kent Winery for a picnic lunch. Water bottles will be provided. Don't miss this one, folks! John Mosby, one of Stuart's lead scouts observed, "Richmond is in fine spirits...everybody says it is the greatest feat of the war." Look for sign-up sheets at the March, April, and May meetings. The price is $35/person. Bring your checks to the April meeting, or mail them to: (Make the checks out to RCWRT) Elaine Duckworth 2508 Hanover Ave. Richmond, Virginia 23220 Any trip questions call Elaine at: (804)447-0252
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Upcoming Events/Links
May 14-15 Drewry's Bluff Anniversary Weekend Saturday & Sunday: Ranger Tours of the fort at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Living History demonstrations all day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drewry's Bluff 7600 Fort Darling Road Richmond, VA 23237 National Park Service Richmond
May 27-29, in Lexington 16th Biennial Stonewall Jackson Symposium
Richmond Battlefields Association News & Events
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2016

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