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

Gregory Biggs "Nashville: Siren's Song of the Confederacy" 7:30pm, Tuesday, June 10, 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. Gregory Biggs will speak on the Nashville Campaign, a nice departure for us since often don't focus on the Western Theater. Greg is a former editor for Blue & Gray Magazine, a member of the Company of Military Historians, and is active in many historic preservation groups. Greg is best known for his flag research, serving as a consultant to various state museums, and is completing his own book on Tennessee's Flags. Greg also leads guided tours, and has authored over a dozen articles. Meeting Attendance for: March 2014 = 71 (newsletter went out late) 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 Our 2nd Vice President, Bill Welsch has put together an excellent field trip this month about an often overlooked 1864 event, the Bermuda Hundred campaign. If you have not registered so far, please do it today. You will not be disappointed. I'm leaving our June meeting in the very capable hands of 1st Vice President Bert Dunkerly because I'll be co-leading a tour in upstate New York involving Rogers Rangers and the French & Indian War. Rogers may have been the John Mosby of 18th century warfare and a worthy subject of study. See you in July. Bruce
Report on 2014 Membership I am saddened to say that dues for 2014 are coming in at a snail's pace. Good news is that there are less than 20 from last year's roster that are still outstanding! (See last month's newsletter for payment details) Sandy
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It's Not Too Late 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
Richmond National Battlefield Park Tours Don't miss the bus, seats still open for its bus tours: 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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