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August 2007 PROGRAM Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. "A Thrilling Narrative: Captain Dennis E. Haynes and His Civil War Memoir" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 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. The Civil War memoir of Capt. Dennis E. Haynes is both a unique and rare document. Few Southern Unionists wrote of their experiences, and Haynes's is the only such publication by a Louisiana Unionist. It is also the only account produced by a member of the 1st Louisiana Battalion Cavalry Scouts, a unit that existed for less than three months and saw its only real action during the Red River Campaign of 1864. Haynes narrated his opposition to secession in Texas, his harrowing odyssey trying to reach Union troops in Louisiana, the injuries he suffered at the hands of Confederate soldiers and civilians, and the fate of other anti-Confederates (whom he dubbed "martyrs of liberty") in Louisiana, and his experiences during the first months of Reconstruction. August's program will be a summary of Haynes's life and Civil War adventures. Bringing us this unusual perspective on the Civil War is a man very familiar to the Richmond Civil War Round Table. Art Bergeron was a member for eight years while he was Historian at Pamplin Historical Park; he had begun his term as president when he transferred to his current job as Reference Historian with the United States Army Military History Institute in Pennsylvania in 2004. Art and his wife Carol edited the Round Table newsletter for several years. A Louisiana native, Art received his Ph.D. in American history from LSU, where he studied under the late T. Harry Williams and William J. Cooper, Jr. Before moving to Richmond, Art served as Historian at the Port Hudson State Historic Site, and subsequently as Chief of Interpretive Services for the Louisiana Office of State Parks. A Thrilling Narrative is the latest of nearly a dozen books Art has written, edited, or co-edited. He is now conducting research for biographies of Union general Godfrey Weitzel and Confederate general John Rogers Cooke.
Pamplin Park Announces Acquisitions Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier has announced the recent acquisition of a rare copy of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution signed by members of the Senate and House of Representatives as well as Vice President Hannibal Hamlin. The Park also purchased four other significant Civil War-era artifacts at an auction including an original copy of General Orders Number 9 owned by General William Mahone, a lock reported to be from Richmond's Libby Prison, a slave bracelet, and a flag carried by the 2nd North Carolina Infantry (African Decent). Approved by the Senate in April 1864 and by the United States House of Representatives on January 1, 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery in the United States. With the nation still at war, members of the United States Sanitary Commission, a government organization designed to improve soldier health and raise money to support the Northern war effort, asked that handwritten copies of the Amendment be created and signed by members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. These copies were then used to raise money for troops still in the field. Pamplin Park's copy includes the signatures of all the members of the House and Senate as well as the Vice President. Only four months after the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, Confederate General Robert E. Lee took pen in hand and began drafting a farewell address to his vanquished army at Appomattox Court House. Dated April 10, 1865, he wrote, "After four years of arduous service, marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources." Known as General Order Number 9, Lee provided transcribed copies of this document to all of his commanders. The copy now in the Pamplin Historical Park collection belonged to Confederate Major General William Mahone who saved the document until his death in 1895. The Park also added to its collection a bracelet with African American figures and a flag said to have been carried by the men of the 2nd North Carolina Infantry. The 2nd North Carolina became part of the 36th Regiment United States Colored Troops and participated in the Battles of Chaffin's Farm on the outskirts of Richmond where Corporal Miles James became one of twenty-four African Americans to earn the Medal of Honor during the Civil War. Both of these items, along with the copy of the Thirteenth Amendment will be included in the Park's traveling exhibit, "Many Thousands Go: African Americans and the Civil War." Pamplin Historical Park is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily with extended hours during the summer months. Admission prices are $13.50 for adults, $12.00 for seniors 62 and over, and $7.50 for children ages 6-11. For more information about Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, visit the park's website at www.pamplinpark.org or call 1-877-PAMPLIN.
Class Examines Lee's Victories This year, in honor of the 200th anniversary of Robert E. Lee's birth, the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies announces a course titled "Civil War in Virginia: Lee Triumphant." After turning back a Union assault upon Richmond in July, 1862, General Robert E. Lee led his Army of Northern Virginia through a series of battles during the next year without suffering defeat. The non-credit course explores Lee's generalship and the impact of the Civil War upon Virginians, their allies and their adversaries. A variety of materials will be supplied by the instructor, RCWRT member Jack Mountcastle. The class is scheduled for Monday nights from 7:00-9:00, beginning on September 24th. The class members will take a Saturday bus trip to Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville battlefields on October 20th. The course fee is $169. For more information, call the School of Continuing Studies at (804) 289-8133, or visit the University of Richmond website at www.richmond.edu. Choose "Continuing Studies" then look at "Non-credit Courses" for info contained in the "Think Again" catalog for Fall 2007.
Upcoming Events The Museum of the Confederacy's next walking tour of "Jefferson Davis's Richmond" is set for Tuesday, August 14 from noon to 1 p.m. For more information on this tour, see the July newsletter or go to www.moc.org. Space for these tours is limited and reservations are required. Please contact Dean Knight at (804) 649-1861 ext. 37 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. On Saturday, August 18, American Civil War Center Curator Jennifer Gaudio will give a guided tour of the Center's flagship exhibit, "In the Cause of Liberty." Ms. Gaudio will share her unique perspective on creating the nation's first exhibit to explore the Civil War from three essential perspectives - Union, Confederate, and African American. Tour begins at 2 p.m. Cost: $10 or free with museum admission, free for ACWC members. At noon on Thursday, August 30, the Library of Virginia will host a free event. Marc Leepson, former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, and author of five books, including Flag: An American Biography and Saving Monticello, will speak about and sign his new book, Desperate Engagement: How a Little-Known Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C., and Changed American History. Leepson contends that the Confederate victory at the 1864 Battle of Monocacy Junction in Maryland held up the Confederate troops and allowed Union reinforcements time to save Washington, D.C., from capture by the forces of Confederate General Jubal Early. There will be two Civil War events on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, at Meadow Farm Museum in Henrico County. On Saturday night from 7:15 to 9:00 there will be lantern tours featuring a series of vignettes covering the years 1861-1865. Guides will leave from the Orientation Center every 15 minutes. On Sunday from noon to 4:00, "Civil War Days: The Other Half of the Story" will visit the women and the men left behind to run the farm while dealing with the shortages resulting from the war. These events are free but registration is required for the lantern tours. Call (804) 501-5520.
Round Table Ramblings The Round Table is looking to expand the popular raffle held at each meeting. In the near future, possibly as early as this month, there will be drawings for two or three prizes. If you have an item (or items) that you would consider donating for the raffle, please see Sam Craghead. The Round Table has a tight budget and your participation in the raffle helps us offset some costs. In addition to the raffle, the Museum of the Confederacy will also have a table to sign up new members or to renew memberships. There will be special gifts and incentives for both new and renewing members. Also, in the near future, the Museum is looking to host a wine and cheese event featuring special tours of the collection storage areas. More details will be coming soon.
RCWRT member Don Blake reports that after the Round Table's May meeting he and other members witnessed a white or cream-colored SUV back into his vehicle (parked in the front lot of the Virginia Historical Society) and then drive away. Don says the driver of the SUV may not have thought he did any damage. If you have any information about this incident please contact Don at 672-9222.
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