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Elaine Duckworth, President         Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2508 Hanover Avenue                 1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23220                  Richmond, VA 23227-3735           

"Confederate Guerrilla Champ Ferguson" by Brian McKnight, Professor of History 7:30pm, Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 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. Brian is a Professor of History and a Founding Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. He is a specialist in contested and coerced loyalties and is the author of Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia, which won the James I. Robertson Literary Award; and Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia, which won the Tennessee Library Award for best book in Tennessee history. In addition to these titles, he also wrote "We Fight For Peace": The Story of Twenty-Three American Soldiers, Prisoners of War, and Turncoats in the Korean War and coedited The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts During the Civil War with Barton Myers. His other writings have been featured in the New York Times and his work on Korean War prisoners of war was profiled in the New Yorker. Meeting Attendance for July: 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 Dear Members, This summer I've had the privilege to visit many new places of historical significance. While touring the Deep South to study the Civil Rights Movement, I visited the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, the first political capital of the Confederacy. This building is also where Davis' remains laid in state four years after his death as they were moved from New Orleans to the final burial site at Hollywood Cemetery. As I moved through the Southern United States, I gained a new admiration for the strength and courage of the men, women and children who were footsoldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. Their expression of love for one another and their faith in action were truly remarkable and inspirational. It's a journey I will never forget. Another highlight from my summer travels was a guided tour of the Culloden Battlefied in the Highlands of Scotland. The bloody civil war between the Jacobites and Cumberland's government forces on April 16th, 1746 ended in the deaths of thousands of Highlanders. Scottish poet Tobias Smollent lamented their loss in his poem, "The Tears of Scotland" (1746): Mourn, hapless Caledonia, mourn Thy banish'd peace, thy laurels torn! Thy sons, for valour long renown'd, Lie slaughter'd on their native ground." I was suprised to learn that in the aftermath of this British Civil War, 936 Jacobite soldiers were sentenced to a life of slavery or sent to the West Indies or the Amercian South, 120 were executed and 1,287 were freed. The infamous Highland Clearances from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century had a profound impact on the physical, cultural, political, and psychological landscape of Scotland. After the American Civil War there were only two ex-Confederates executed by the Union Army. Champ Ferguson was one of them. You won't want to miss this fascinating story at our August meeting. I look forward to seeing you on August 14th and hearing about the learning adventures you've had this summer. Elaine
RCWRT 2018 Field Trip - Re-scheduled & Updated The bus trip has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 8th. If you would like to retain your reservation you don't need to do anything. If you would like to have a refund, please let me know. YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP. On Saturday morning, September 8th, we will meet in the parking lot of the Lowe's at 8001 Brook Road near Parham. Our bus will depart at 9:00am and we will stop at Grant's headquarters at City Point (Hopewell), the Park Service museum and battlefield sites in Petersburg, and Five Forks. You can pack a lunch, or eat at a McDonald's in Petersburg. Cost of the tour is just $35 per person. Please make your check payable to RCWRT and bring it to the May meeting or mail it to: Doug Crenshaw 1737 Wilmington Ave. Richmond 23228 Questions? E-mail:
2018 Membership and Information Form 2018 RCWRT membership dues were collected through April 1. Dues postmarked after April 1 are considered late. A $25 late fee will be added to individual and couple memberships. $60 = individual and $70 = couple membership. Using the link below open the .pdf file print and fill it out then either bring it to the meeting along with payment or mail it to Sandy @: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary 2425 Falkirk Drive North Chesterfield, VA 23236 2018 Membership and Members Contact Information .pdf Form (Click the link above and the .pdf form should open ready for printing.) New members are welcome throughout the year. A one time initiation fee of $25 is added to the $35 individual or $45 couple membership dues. Please follow the instructions on the members form on the RCWRT website.
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