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

"Like a Wind from the Mountains" Reflections on Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign by Jonathan A. Noyalas 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 12, 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. Jonathan is assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Civil War History at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia, and also serves as the Hugh and Virginia McCormick Visiting Professor of Civil War History at Shenandoah University in Winchester. He is the author or editor of eleven books including Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign: War Comes to the Homefront and the recently released Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah: Remembrance, Reunion, and Reconciliation. He has authored more than 100 articles, reviews, essays, and chapters for a variety of publications including Civil War History, Civil War Times, America's Civil War, Civil War History, Blue and Gray, Civil War Monitor, Hallowed Ground, and Civil War News. Jonathan has served as a consultant for a variety of projects including Civil War historian for the National Park Service's historic resource study at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, consultant for National Geographic's "Civil Warriors", and content expert for the Civil War Trust's Cedar Creek Battle APPlication. He has appeared on NPR's "With Good Reason" and C-SPAN's American History TV. Prof. Noyalas has received numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship including Lord Fairfax Community College's distinguished professor award, the college's first-ever distinguished scholarship award, and in February 2016 Noyalas received the highest honor that can ever be bestowed upon any college professor at a public or private university in the Old Dominion, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's prestigious outstanding faculty award. Meeting Attendance for June: 84 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 It seems that the military and the press have always had a rather contentious relationship. Thanks very much to Clay Mountcastle for his wonderful presentation exploring the Civil War side of this topic. Clay's three "C's" - captivating, comical, and controversial - aptly described his presentation. An organization such as ours relies on its members and officers for their thoughtful input and important efforts. Midway through the year is a good time to say thank you to some of these hard working folks. Our annual field trip was both a historic and financial success thanks to Elaine Duckworth. Great job, enjoyed by all! And thanks to John Fox, our Stuart guide. Kudos to David Whitehead and Ed Holstrom, both Willow Oaks members, for working with Troy Arnold on the 2016 dinner. Thanks to all three, it appears that we'll be able to keep the November 9 dinner cost very manageable. Please note the new date - the 9th. There will be more details next month. Art Wingo provided valuable assistance to our treasurer Richard Grosse in setting up a new financial and bookkeeping system that will help us maintain fiscal balance. Thanks go to both. Danny Witt has stepped forward to answer the call as our new book raffle person. Old presidents never die, they just get a new job! Thank, you sir. Sandy Parker, another past president, handles the thankless task of herding members. So here's thanks to her. And, finally, the newsletter that you're reading comes from the creative keyboard of Gary Cowardin, who also handles our meeting computing. Thanks for that and our comprehensive web site. Tagging on to Clay's talk, here a link to Soldier Newspapers in the Civil War Be sure to check the interesting "article" in the second line. Finally, here's an piece about preservation at Antietam battlefield, featuring two past speakers. Enjoy. See you in July - and bring a young friend. Bill
Saturday June 18th Was Our Annual Field Trip: "Stuart's Ride around the Union Army!" Our Group in front of the Wickhan summer house near Hanover C. H. (click on image for larger view - use back arrow to return)
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