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September 2011 -
David Whitehead, Pres.                 Gary Cowardin, Editor    
4305 Cary Street Rd.                   1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23221                     Richmond, VA 23227-3735          

J. Tracy Power What Marse Robert Says Is Gospel In This Squad: Robert E. Lee and His Soldiers 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 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 left and down a few stairs. Everyone who has ever written about-or read about-the Army of Northern Virginia acknowledges that Robert E. Lee and his soldiers had a very special relationship. Very few historians, however, have ever tried to explore just how that bond was forged, how it worked, and how it was only strengthened over time, so that by the end of the war many officers and men said they were fighting for Marse Robert himself more than for any other reason. Understanding this bond between Lee and his men is central to understanding the Confederate experience. Dr. J. Tracy Power, author of Lee's Miserables, will give us an introduction to a long-term work in progress. He will begin with the ways in which participants during the war and historians since have looked at this relationship, highlight the four "Lee to the rear!" incidents in the Wilderness and at Spotsylvania, and conclude with a proposal for an original portrait of a general and his soldiers, intended to shed new light on that bond which affected them for the rest of their lives. Dr. Power has been a historian with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History since 1986, where he is co-coordinator of the National Register of Historic Places and coordinator the South Carolina Historical Marker Program. A Georgia native who has lived in Columbia, South Carolina, since 1981, he was educated at Emory University, where he received his undergraduate degree, and the University of South Carolina, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. He has also taught American history at the University of South Carolina and at Midlands Technical College. His award-winning book Lee's Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox was published in 1998 by the University of North Carolina Press. Lee's Miserables won Second Place in the Lincoln Prize, given by the Lincoln and Soldiers' Institute at Gettysburg College; the Jefferson Davis Award, given by the Museum of the Confederacy; the Jerry Coffey Memorial Book Prize, given by the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation; and the Richard Barksdale Harwell Award, given by the Atlanta Civil War Round Table. Dr. Power is also the co-editor of The Leverett Letters, a collection of more than 200 letters by the family of Reverend Charles Leverett of Beaufort District, published in 2000 by the University of South Carolina Press. His children's biography of Stonewall Jackson was published in 2004 by PowerKids Press. He is also editing a documentary edition of the letters of Captain Charles Stevens Dwight of the Confederate Engineer Corps. Dr. Power is married to Carolyn Thompson Power, an academic advisor at Midlands Technical College in Columbia. Be sure to come early to get a good seat. Meeting Attendance: August 2011 = 58 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.)
A Word from Our President Welcome all RCWRT members to our September meeting. As usual we have a very good speaker-with an interesting topic. In addition, Jim Seguin will present some slides and info on the 150th First Manassas battlefield reenactment at 7:30 pm. (Should last about 15 minutes.) Please remember to bring a friend, neighbor or relative [I don't think you did last month.] See you Tuesday, David Whitehead, Pres. RCWRT
RCWRT's 2011 Annual Dinner - Tuesday, Nov.8, 2011 On Tuesday, November 8, the RCWRT's 2011 annual dinner will be held at Willow Oaks Country Club. We are very pleased that the award-winning author Elizabeth Brown Pryor will be speaking to us about many fascinating aspects of Robert E. Lee's character. "Cutting Edge--What We Now Know about Robert E. Lee's Decision to Side with the South." The evening begins with a reception at 6:00 PM. The excellent Buffet Dinner begins at 7:00 PM, with our speaker to follow. Thanks to the efforts of several Round Table members, the cost for this year's dinner has been reduced. The ticket price this year will be $32 for members and their spouses or dates. (The cost for your guests who would like to attend, but are not members of the Round Table will be $35 per person.) Beer, wine, cocktails, and soft drinks will be available at the reception. There is no charge for soft drinks. Tickets for alcoholic drinks may be purchased for $4. We expect to have an enthusiastic response to this annual event. You are therefore encouraged to make your reservations early. (Buffet) Price: Members & spouse/date @ $32/ea, Guests @ $35/ea. To make your reservations please click here, print the form page, and send it along with a check (made out to "RCWRT") to Jack Mountcastle.
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Upcoming Events
September 24, 2011 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Battle of North Anna Fund-Raising Bus Tour Led by NPS historian Robert E. L. Krick with stops at Jericho Mills and the Doswell House. Includes light breakfast & lunch at Hanover Tavern and their Civil War exhibit. Tickets are $65 for Tavern members and $75 for non-members. Contact David Deal at 804-537-5050 or
Henrico County Civil War Commemoration September 23 - 25 Henrico County - Gateway to Richmond, 1861 - 1865 Friday, September 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs, 23075 Registration is required. Please call 804-328-4491.
Encampment and Exhibits Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tree Hill farm, 6404 Osborne Turnpike, VA 23231
Tours and Demonstrations in partnership with the National Park Service Sunday, September 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fort Harrison, 8621 Battlefield Park Road, VA 23231
For more information about these goto: Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online
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 2011
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