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"Richmond's Antebellum Militias" by Dr. Gregg D. Kimball 7:30pm, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 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. Gregg is Director of Public Services and Outreach at the Library of Virginia, where he is responsible for research services, exhibitions, programs, and education at that institution. He holds a Ph.D. degree in history from the University of Virginia. Gregg is the author of American City, Southern Place: A Cultural History of Antebellum Richmond published by the University of Georgia Press (2000), and has published numerous articles, reviews, and essays on African-American history, traditional music, and the American South. Dr. Kimball was a curator and historian at the Valentine Museum for almost ten years, developing four exhibitions funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was the chief historian during the Valentine's restoration and interpretation of the Tredegar Iron Works, a National Historic Landmark, which is now the headquarters for the Richmond National Battlefield Park, National Park Service. Dr. Kimball also performs widely in a variety of traditional styles, from Blues to Hawaiian music, and he is involved in many musical endeavors including the program committee for the Richmond Folk Festival. Dr. Kimball is a veteran of the United States Army and lives in New Kent County, Virginia. Last Meeting Attendance: 78 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 Jack Ackerly died Thursday May 18, 2017 We have noted his physical decline for the last couple of years and while he may have slowed physically, his mental ability never seemed to waiver. In that regard he was spry and mischievous to the end. Jack is my first recollection of any individual member of the Roundtable. I had attended my first few meetings when our summer trip took place. I ended up at a lunch stop picnic table with Jack and me on one side and Jeb Stuart IV, V and VI across the table on the other. I didn't really know either at the time and before lunch was over I thought I'd been beamed into another world. The conversation was enlightening to understate it, centering on Jeb's famous ancestor. I marveled at Jack's ability to tiptoe through the minefield. It was a most gentlemanly argument playing out and fun to watch. My next encounter was several weeks later when I was at a large cheap gas station buying fuel. I noticed several patrons' looking at but beyond me with widening frightened eyes and who conspicuously sheltered behind any nearby protection. I heard my name called out and turned around to see Jack approaching me with a scoped large caliber rifle at port arms. He had been one lane away and wanted me to see his prized varmint rifle. I walked back with him to see his trunkful of ammunition, rests, spotting scopes, and related shooting paraphernalia. The indoor manager was watching closely I'm certain with his finger hovering over the last "1". Troy (Editor's Note: Back in 2002 Jack wrote an article for our web site. I met him in Capitol Square for a photo with the article found here.)
RCWRT Bus Tour Scheduled for June 24 All was not quiet along the Potomac during the fall and winter of 1861. Beginning that May, Confederate forces sought ways to isolate Washington via the Potomac blockade. In a series of strategic moves, skirmishes and naval battles, Confederates created an embarrassment for the Lincoln administration. Until March 1862, Washington was virtually blockaded, driving up prices in the capital and effecting the supply of McClellan's forces. Last September, historian Rob Orrison spoke to the Richmond Civil War Round Table on the Potomac Blockade. We are honored to have Mr. Orrison lead us on a tour of many of the sites associated with the oft-overlooked blockade. On Saturday morning, June 24 we will meet in the parking lot of the Lowe's at 8001 Brook Road near Parham. Our bus will depart at 8:30 and we will head north for stops at Aquia Landing, Aquia Church, Quantico Marine Base, Williams Ordinary, Cockpit Point and Leesylvania State Park. Please note: a government issued ID (such as a driver's license) will be required to gain access to the base at Quantico. Cost of the tour is just $35 per person. Please make your check payable to RCWRT and bring it to the June meeting or mail it to: Rob Monroe 9733 Fireside Drive Glen Allen, VA 23060 Please plan to pack a lunch and join us. This is truly a unique tour as we will be visiting sites not accessible to the general public. We should arrive back in Richmond around 5:00.
We are looking for some good books for our Book Raffel (Please see Danny Witt at the meeting)
Please welcome the following new members: Jean Hemphill Billy Green 2017 Membership Dues were due by April 1 A late fee of $25 is now in effect for additional 2017 memberships. Membership and Members Contact Information .pdf Form Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary 2425 Falkirk Drive North Chesterfield, VA 23236
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