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RCWRT News Letter for June 2011
June 2011 - rcwrt.org
David Whitehead, Pres. Gary Cowardin, Editor
4305 Cary Street Rd. 1404 Lorraine Ave.
Richmond, VA 23221 Richmond, VA 23227-3735
Anne Sarah Rubin
"Through the Heart of Dixie:
Myth, Memory, and Sherman's March"
8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 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)
Anne Sarah Rubin is an Associate Professor of History at the University
of Maryland, Baltimore County. Among her course offerings are The
United States to 1865, Civil War and Reconstruction, and Myth, Memory,
and the American Civil War. Dr. Rubin is a Princeton graduate. She
earned her MA and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. Her book A
Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy (UNC, 2005)
received the 2006 Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of
American Historians for the most original book on the Civil War era. She
was a co-author of the award-winning Valley of the Shadow, an
interactive history of the Civil War in two communities. She is
currently working on a multi-media study of the memory of Sherman's
March, entitled Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and America,
for which she received a 2007 American Council of Learned Societies
(ACLS) Digital Innovation Fellowship. Her website can be found at:
Anne and her colleagues have developed five complementary maps depicting
the event. They are The Sherman Map, The Civilians Map, The Soldiers
Map, The Tourism Map, and The Fiction Map. In displaying her
information, Dr. Rubin will share some of her very interesting findings
on the many different ways in which Americans have remembered or written
about Sherman's March to the Sea that transpired in the fall of 1864 and
his continued offensive northward into the Carolinas in 1865. Round
Table members who have enjoyed presentations by the University of
Richmond's Dr. Ed Ayers based upon data collection and interpretation
will want to attend this presentation by Dr. Rubin.
Be sure to come early to get a good seat.
Meeting Attendance: March 2011 = 74
NOTE: Please put on your 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 to our June RCWRT meeting. Imagine marching miles and miles
with wool clothes behind 1000's of fellow troopers in this weather!
Great topic planned. Bring a friend. Don't forget the June 18 tour.
Note all the activities going on with the 150 Sesquicentennial.
See you Tuesday June 14.
David Whitehead, Pres. RCWRT
It's Not Too Late - 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.
9091 Pantego Ln
Mechanicsville, VA 23116-5837
Civil War Trust
For the latest CWT news visit: www.civilwar.org
Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
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
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
Pamplin Historical Park and
The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
Special Events Calendar
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2011
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