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July 2009 -
Edward J. Wooldridge, Pres.            Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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July 2009 Program Bevin Alexander How the South Could Have Won the Civil War 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at the Boulevard United Methodist Church, 321 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA (corner of Boulevard and Stuart Ave.) Enter the basement door on the right side under the front steps. Bevin Alexander is a specialist on military strategy much of which was learned from his military experience. Between 1951 -1952 he was commander of the 5th Historical Detachment in the Korean War and received three battle stars as well as the Commendation Medal for his work as a combat historian. His battle studies on the Korean War are stored in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Bevin has taught at VCU and is currently an adjunct professor at Longwood University. He was an adviser to the Rand Corporation for a recent study on future warfare and a participant in a recent war game simulation run by the Training and Doctrine Command of the U.S. Army. He also served on the president's staff at the University of Virginia as director of information. He is the author of ten books on military history, including How Wars Are Won, How Hitler Could Have Won World War II, and How America Got It Right. His book, Lost Victories, was chosen by the Civil War Book Review as one of the books that has most transformed Civil War scholarship. Mr. Alexander's book are available through bookstores including Barnes & Noble, as well as from his website His latest book How the South Could Have Won the Civil War will be his subject at our July meeting. At the meeting, Mr. Alexander will discuss how the Confederacy: >> Had its greatest chance to win the war just three months into the fighting, but blew it >> How its three most important leaders, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, clashed over how to fight the war >> Devised, but never fully exploited, a way to negate the Union's huge advantages in manpower and weaponry
The RCWRT Tour was a Great Success! Led by Greg Mertz, we visited Hartwood Presbyterian Church first then headed up the Rappahannock to Kelly's Ford. From there we visited the spot where Maj. Gen. John Pelham, C.S.A. was mortally wounded on 3/17/1863. (It was little wet in the area after several days of rain!) Our next stop was the Graffiti House at Brandy Station. RCWRT Tour Group Several local historians gave us a tour through the house. After the tour we had lunch on picnic tables next to the house. RCWRT Tour Group 2009 RCWRT Tour standing in front of the Graffiti House at Brandy Station ? A second floor room with graffiti in areas that haven't been damaged. ? The museum historians believe most of the better art was done by one person. ? J. E. B. Stuart's name is close to his signature below. (Note: when he signed the wall it would have been like writing on a black board.) ? J. E. B. Stuart's signature For more info about Graffiti House visit: After lunch we headed about a mile away to the 1863-64 winter encampment of the Army of the Potomac and what's left of the St. James Church and cemetery. Then a quick trip around Fleetwood Hill to the side facing Brandy Station and Beauregard where Lee overlooked the battlefields. ? Beauregard (formerly Barbour) as seen from Fleetwood Hill Many thanks go to David Whitehead for putting the trip together.
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Upcoming Events
DABBS HOUSE MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN FOR TOURS The Dabbs House Museum, located at 3812 Nine Mile Road, is now open for tours Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. and by appointment. The Dabbs House served as General Robert E. Lee's headquarters for 62 days in the summer of 1862. It is the site of Lee's famous meeting with Stonewall Jackson, James Longstreet, A.P. Hill and D.H. Hill to plan what would become the Seven Days Battles. The museum is very interested in having Round Table members visit and provide feedback. Members interested in arranging a tour should contact Jimmy Price, assistant curator of education for Henrico County Division of Recreation & Parks, at 804-652-3411.
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