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Troy Arnold, President               Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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"A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah" by Dwight S. Hughes 7:30pm, Tuesday, July 11, 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. Dwight Hughes graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 and served twenty years as a Navy surface warfare officer on most of the world's oceans in ships ranging from destroyer to aircraft carrier. He also completed a combat tour with the U.S. Navy's river forces in Vietnam. Lieutenant Commander Hughes taught Naval ROTC at the University of Rochester, earning an MA in Political Science while he was there. He later earned an MS in Information Systems Management from USC. Dwight's second career was software engineering, primarily in geographic feature naming data and electronic mapping under contract for the U.S. Geological Survey. A ridge in Antarctica is named for him in recognition of contributions to Antarctic databases and information services. Dwight's current calling builds on a lifetime of study in Civil War and naval history with the desire to translate a love of the sea and ships into an understanding of our Civil War naval heritage and to communicate that heritage in an educational and entertaining manner. A popular speaker, he is also a contributing author at the Emerging Civil War blog. He lives near Manassas, Virginia with his wife, Judi, a former Air Force officer and Electronics/Communications Engineer. He will discuss the fascinating history of the last of the Confederate warships. His remarks are based upon his very well-received book entitled A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah, which was published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press in 2015. Dwight will share with us insights from the treasure trove of first-person accounts that he used, along with official documentation, to relate the history of the wartime cruise of the famous Confederate commerce raider. Last Meeting Attendance: 70 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 "I tried to warn you and I know there were good excuses but those of you who missed the trip to view the area of the closing of the Potomac with Rob Orrison really missed a super trip. These areas are available but seemingly unvisited by history fans. Boating and beach fans are another matter. We started at Aquia Landing, the terminus of the R, F & P Railroad line to Washington (You had to take a steamer the rest of the way) continued through Quantico and Dumfries to Freestone Point. Who knew Aquia and Dumfries were some of the largest ports in the US at one time? Aquia Landing> Rob is a great historian with a detailed view and sense of humor. For example, after exchanging almost 1,000 artillery rounds at Aquia landing there was one death, a chicken! On the serious side it wasn't the US Navy that was in peril but rather the private shippers who refused to attempt to run the blockade. Imagine if the blockade had remained and the bureaucrats in the DC had to go without food or perfume for a sustained period. (The railroad from the South stopped at Aquia landing and there was only one line from the North) They could have gotten hungry before adequate provision was made and rioted for peace. Interesting. Great trip Robs (MONROE and Orrison)" Troy
Our 2017 Bus Tour was a Great Success Aquia Church completed 1757 CW graffiti on the sandstone church corners - fort at Leesylvania St. Park Williams Ordinary c.1760 (left below, where we had lunch) Our Group @ Leesylvania
Please welcome the following new members: Richard and Mary Lewis Bill Lowery Rhonda Sonnenberg Returning member: Doug Crenshaw 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 Mail To: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary 2425 Falkirk Drive North Chesterfield, VA 23236
We are looking for some good books for our Book Raffel (Please see Danny Witt at the meeting)
Check This Out: Bruce Venter spoke to the American CWRT of the United Kingdom last month on his book, Kill Jeff Davis. This is a serious group of Civil War enthusiasts because they requested an hour and a half presentation and then an hour for Q&A. In between, there was the proverbial tea and cookies. But when the session was over, all members (and Bruce and Lynne) adjourned to the club's bar for a pint or two. This is the only CWRT in Great Britain, so some members come two to three hours by train to attend the meetings which occur six times a year. The same day was the Trouping of the Colors, so Bruce and Lynne got to see the Queen too!
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