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August 2014 -
Bruce Venter, President                Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2315 Bexley Wood Run                   1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Goochland, VA 23063                    Richmond, VA 23227-3735                  

Andrew Duppstadt "CSS Neuse: From Confederate Ironclad to North Carolina State Historic Site" 7:30pm, Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 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. Andrew Duppstadt is the Assistant Curator of Education and Historic Weapons Program Coordinator for the NC Division of State Historic Sites. His previous experience includes work at the CSS Neuse State Historic Site, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens. He is also an Adjunct Instructor of History at UNC-Pembroke, Coastal Carolina Community College, and Craven Community College.Andrew holds a BA and MA in history from UNC-Wilmington, and served as a teaching assistant to renowned Civil War historian Dr. Chris Fonvielle. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Southern Historical Association. He is also a founding member and President of the Carolina Living History Guild. Andrew's presentation will cover the history of the CSS Neuse through its career as a Confederate ironclad and its preservation as one of North Carolina's largest Civil War artifacts. Meeting Attendance for: July 2014 = 51 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 Even though we're in the heart of vacation season, I'd like to encourage all our members to attend our August meeting for a very special reason. Through his peerless connections in the publishing industry (and you thought he only sold real estate), Southall Wallace has obtained a pre-publication copy (Advance Reader's Edition) of S. C. Gwynne's newest book entitled Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson. This book will not be available in book stores or on Amazon, I'm told, until late September. But RCWRT members and their guests will have a chance to win a copy at our August book raffle. Gwynne is a bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, so you know it will be a good read. At over 600 pages, there is bound to be something you'll learn from it. Janette Walker is all geared up with an extra supply of raffle tickets, so bring your greenbacks for a chance to win a truly unique prize. Here's a date to put on your 2015 Civil War calendar. Virginia's Sesquicentennial State Committee has announced its concluding Signature Conference. It will be April 18, 2015 at the University of Virginia. Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon are co-chairs. I was happy to see our own John Coski listed as speaker among a bevy of academic types. Congratulations, John. Bruce
The 2015 speaker line-up is now online. (Just click here or go throught the menu at
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Great Beefsteak Raid Tour Longtime roundtable member Scott Mauger will lead an anniversary bus tour of the Great Beefsteak Raid, on Saturday, September 13. Cost of the tour is $30, which includes lunch. Bus leavse the Prince George Heritage Center at Prince George Court House at 9:00 and returns at 4:00. For details and/or reservations, call (804) 863-0212 or e-mail
Richmond National Battlefield Park Tours Don't miss the bus, seats still open for its bus tours: Deep Bottom, Aug 16 Fort Harrison, Sept 27 For prices and details, call 804-335-8100
Civil War Trust For the latest CWT news visit:
Upcoming Events/Links Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
NPS Richmond - Sesquicentennial - 1864/2014
Chesterfield Historical Society Winter Lecture Series
Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Richmond Battlefields Association News & Events
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and their Events Calendar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2014

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