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September 2009 -
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September 2009 Program Gary W. Gallagher "Grant and Lee in the Overland Campaign: Views from the Battle, Home and Historical Fronts" 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 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 dominant images of Grant and Lee based on the 1864-1865 Overland campaign are strikingly different. The most common perception of U. S. Grant is that of an inexorable attacker, often labeled a butcher, while Lee is perceived as the nimble counterpuncher, coaxing the most out of his outnumbered soldiers. At our September meeting our speaker Gary W. Gallagher will examine key themes that emerge from contemporary sources about the two generals' performances during the Overland campaign. He will look at both Grant and Lee, using 1) testimony from soldiers from both armies, 2) from civilians behind the lines, and 3) from newspapers. Documented casualty rates in Grant's and Lee's Civil War operations will be referenced for context. Concluding remarks will present why the two men received very different treatment. Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. A native of Los Angeles, he received his B.A. from Adams State College of Colorado and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Prior to coming to Virginia (1998), he taught for twelve years at Penn State University. His research and teaching focus on the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including Stephen Dodson Ramseur: Lee's Gallant General (1985), The Confederate War (1997), Lee and His Generals in War and Memory (1998), and Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War (2008). He serves as editor of two book series at the University of North Carolina Press ("Civil War America" and "Military Campaigns of the Civil War"), and has appeared regularly on the Arts and Entertainment Network's series "Civil War Journal" and has participated in over two dozen other television projects.
Save the Date-Nov. 19, 2009 The RCWRT's 2009 annual dinner is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Nov. 19. It will be held again this year at the University of Richmond's Jepson Alumni Center. Our speaker for the event will be renowned historian James I. "Bud" Robertson. Please mark your calendar and watch for more details in a future newsletter.
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Some Upcoming Events
September 15-October 4, 2009, Virginia Stage Company, Norfolk, VA "ALIVE AND WELL" In this funny new play by VSC favorite Kenny Finkle, our country's continuing struggle between the North and South is on full display as a heartbroken Civil War re-enactor and an emotionally desperate New York journalist search for the oldest living Civil War veteran. Trekking through the heart of Virginia, they find more than they bargained for in this irreverent take on modern America. This is the second play in VSC's American Soil series, a new play project exploring the cultural and historical foundations of Hampton Roads. Box Office: (757) 627-1234
UPDATE: I was sent new dates for last month's newsletter's article "The North East Ohio Civil War Round Table Will Return to Richmond Again This Year" The correct dates are October 2-3, 2009 instead of October 3-4, 2009. (Sunday October 4 is a travel day for the out of town folks.)
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RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2009
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