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September 2007
Bernard Fisher, President              Rob Monroe, Editor       
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September 2007 PROGRAM Joseph T. Glatthaar "Profile in Leadership: R.E. Lee in His First Month as Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, 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. For the last 15 years, Joe Glatthaar has been mining archives around the country reading letters and diaries of soldiers and officers in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. His goal is to write a composite biography of the army and its relationship with its legendary commander. The result, General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse, will be published in March 2008. He will share some of the insights from his forthcoming book in the September program. Joe Glatthaar is one of the most prolific and prominent Civil War historians who has never spoken to the Richmond Civil War Round Table. In 2005, he moved to Chapel Hill to become Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History and the Chairman of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense at the University of North Carolina. After earning his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1983, he taught for almost 20 years at the University of Houston and spent one-year stints as visiting professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and at the U.S. Army Military History Institute. He is author of The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaign (1986); Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers (1990); Partners in Command Relationships Between Civil War Leaders (1991); The Civil War in the West, 1863-1865 (2001); co-editor with Gary Gallagher of Leaders of the Lost Cause: Confederate High Command in the Civil War (2004); and co-author of Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians in the American Revolution (2006). The March to the Sea, Forged in Battle, and Partners in Command were all main selections of the History Book Club.
RCWRT's Annual Banquet Scheduled for Thursday, November 15 By popular demand, the 2007 annual Richmond Civil War Round Table banquet will be held at the top of the world (well, of Richmond, anyway) - in the restaurant on the 24th floor of the SunTrust Bank tower, 919 E. Main St. Mark Thursday, November 15th on your calendars. We'll gather at 6:00 p.m. for drinks (cash bar) and socializing and the dinner (chicken Florentine) will begin at 7:00 p.m. At 8:00, Thomas P. Lowry, M.D., will present "Confederate Heroines: Southern Women Convicted by Union Military Justice." Known best for his best-selling 1994 book, The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War, Dr. Lowry has mined U.S. court martial records for the dramatic stories of real life Southern women whom history had long forgotten. The cost of the banquet is $37.50 per person and includes all services and gratuities. Parking is free in the SunTrust garage, entered from the Cary St. side. To reserve your spot(s), bring to the next meeting a check made payable to RCWRT or mail it to: Richard Grosse 14187 Hickory Oaks Ln. Ashland, Virginia 23005-3148
Lecture Will Examine British View of Robert E. Lee Brian Holden Reid of King's College in London, England will discuss the British view of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at a lecture co-sponsored by the Museum of the Confederacy and the University of Richmond. This discussion on Lee follows a series of events held at the Museum of the Confederacy this year in honor of the bicentennial of Lee's Birthday. Reid is Professor of American History and Military Institutions and Head of the Department of War Studies at King's College. Having long been interested in the history of the United States, Reid is currently writing a major new history of the American Civil War and hopes to complete the trilogy eventually with a book on the war's impact. For much of his career he has enjoyed a close association with the armed forces, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal United Services Institute. Since 1992 he has been a member of the Council of Society for Army Historical Research, and in 1998 was elected Chairman. The lecture is will be held Thursday evening, October 4 from 7:30-9:00 in the Keller Hall Reception Room at the University of Richmond. Admission is free but seating is limited and reservations are required. To sign up, email or call (804) 649-1861 ext. 32. You may also register online at the Museum of the Confederacy's website,
Upcoming Events The Museum of the Confederacy's next walking tour of "Jefferson Davis's Richmond" is scheduled for Thursday, September 13 from noon to 2:00. Space for these tours is limited and reservations are required. Please contact Dean Knight at or (804) 649-1861 ext. 37 to reserve a spot. This month Pamplin Historical Park & the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier will take a special look at a marginally explored soldier of the Petersburg Campaign, the Civil War Sharpshooter. On the weekend of September 21-23, the Park's "School of the Sharpshooter" will teach the finer points of camouflage and concealment, marksmanship, measuring distance by sight, scouting, and specialized battlefield tactics. For more information about any of the Park's events, tours and programs, go online to, call (804) 861-2408 or toll-free 1-877-PAMPLIN. The Museum of the Confederacy and the Virginia Homespun Dance Ensemble will present a special living history program on Saturday afternoon, September 22 from 12:30 to 4:30 in the museum lobby. Participants in the living history program will enjoy demonstrations of 19th century dances, listen to talks on specific dances and etiquette and have the chance to join in. Friends and members of the 12th Virginia Infantry, Company B, Longstreet's Corps will provide the Civil War dance demonstrations. The program is free with admission to the museum. On Saturday, September 29, Petersburg National Battlefield will offer ranger led auto caravan tours of the Battle of Peebles Farm. These hour-long excursions will begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. On that same afternoon there will be a "Starvation Ball" from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Union Railroad Station. Discover what Petersburg citizens did to survive the siege and to help each other. There will be live period music and dances that were performed during these balls. A donation of canned goods will be appreciated to help local food shelters. On Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, the Richmond National Battlefield Park will host an anniversary program commemorating actions at New Market Heights, Fort Harrison and Fort Gilmer. Special events include battlefield tours, living history encampments, weapons firing demonstrations, exhibits and displays. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. From noon until 2:00 on Saturday, October 6, the Southern Soldiers Remembrance Fund will hold its 7th annual dedication ceremony at Hollywood Cemetery. The group will dedicate 47 Confederate veterans markers installed this year. Volunteers are needed for musical tributes, color guard and musket salutes. Period attire is encouraged but not required. For further information please email or call Bill Ward at or (804) 332 - 4522. The Richmond National Battlefield Park will host an encampment at Drewry's Bluff on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7. Park rangers and living history volunteers representing Confederate sailors will present a series of talks, tours and demonstrations depicting garrison life inside the Drewry`s Bluff fortifications. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Lecture Focuses on Legal League One of the most prolific and efficient intelligence gathering organizations during the Civil War was the Legal League. Composed of Americans of African descent, the League believed that in association with the Constitution, they could end the tyranny of slavery. Hari Jones, assistant director of the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum, will present a lecture on the Legal League on Saturday afternoon, September 15 at the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. Jones will discuss the founding of the League, its leadership, and its relationship to the operational activities of the United States Colored Troops. The event begins at 2:00 and is free with admission to the museum, $10 otherwise. ACWC members are admitted free.
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 Choose "Continuing Studies" then look at "Non-credit Courses" for info contained in the "Think Again" catalog for Fall 2007.
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