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"Mosby's Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia" by William Connery 7:30pm, Tuesday, August 9, 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. The most famous War Between the States name in Northern Virginia, other than General Robert E. Lee, is Colonel John S. Mosby, the Gray Ghost. He stands out among nearly 1,000 generals who served in the war, celebrated most for his raids that captured Union general Edwin Stoughton in Fairfax Court House and Colonel Daniel French Dulany in Rose Hill, near Alexandria. By 1864, he was a feared partisan guerrilla in the North and a nightmare for Union troops protecting Washington City. After the war, his support for presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant forced Mosby to leave his native Virginia for Hong Kong as U.S. Consul. A personal mentor to young George S. Patton, Mosby's military legacy extended to World War II. William S. Connery brings alive the many dimensions of this American hero. He will have books available for purchase. William Connery grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He has a degree in history from the University of Maryland-College Park. Mr. Connery has been contributing to the Civil War Courier, the Washington Times Civil War page and other publications. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for his previous History Press book, Civil War Northern Virginia 1861. Mr. Connery is a member of the Company of Military Historians, the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table, and the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society. He can be reached at: >>> Troy Asks: Anyone with any Mosby memorabilia to please to bring it to the meeting. Meeting Attendance for July: 80 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.) Don't miss our September meeting. I'll bet you didn't know the Confederacy managed to blockade the Potomac! Come hear all about it at the September 13 meeting - Troy
Message from Our President Jackson! Always a subject that draws our members to a meeting. July was no exception, with Jonathan Noyalas offering us thoughts on Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign and how that transformed Jackson into the almost mythical Stonewall. Thanks and kudos to Jonathan for an insightful and very engaging talk. Our member Art Ritter stumbled across this pronouncement. "The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine." - Abraham Lincoln. I find Lincoln and especially his assassination to be endlessly fascinating topics. A dark night on the gas lite streets of Washington, DC, followed by two weeks of manhunt in the woods and swamps of Maryland and Virginia, then the controversial trial of the conspirators. Based on the number of books and articles that continually appear, it seems that so do many other historians, both avocational and professional. Witness the relatively new blog Boothie Barn blog. The proprietor is a young teacher from Maryland named Dave Taylor. This and the Surratt Society site offer much comprehensive information about the assassination. Their "John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tour" is one of the best days of history that I've ever experienced. A number of RCWRT members have taken this highly recommended field trip. Please join us on Tuesday. Bill
Annual Members Dinner Meeting Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6pm River Dining Room Willow Oaks Country Club 6228 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225 Cost: $35.00 per person A Cash Bar will be available Menu: Chicken Night Buffet featuring Fried or Baked Chicken Choice of two salads One vegetable Spaghetti Choice of two desserts Our speaker will be Ed Ayers, past president, University of Richmond. Professor Ayers has been asked to speak on the subject of whether or not there will be a Civil War Bicentennial based primarily on two great deficiencies: The stifling political correctness extant and The present day lack of historical knowledge Both of which we all are obligated to deal with today He promises to do the best he can but just imagine the potential dilemma raised for Professor Ayers due to those same hot issues. He bravely promised that because we are a favored group and as a history professor with an eye to the future he will give it a try. This will be a very interesting discussion. You will understand more than your neighbors and it will be of the future. This is going to be good! We strongly recommend you save the date and let Troy hear from you right away as this will probably sell out quickly. Contact Troy Arnold: E-mail: Phone 804-740-8718 (leave a clear message & call back number if no answer) Mail your check for $35 X number of dinners to: (write the # on the check) Troy Arnold 301 Hollyport Road Henrico, VA 23229
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FREE BUS TOUR 100 for 100: History and Preservation of Richmond's National Parks Richmond National Battlefield Park & Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site invited you to experience a one-of-a-kind bus tour celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service We will visit several sites in the parks and learn about the latest research, preservation, and future plans! This FREE bus tour is limited to the first 100 registrants. Explore the Places... Hear the Stories... Learn about Preservation... Space is limited! Register by August 15. Bring a bag lunch. To register, please contact
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