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September 2012 -
Jack Mountcastle, President            Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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Glen Allen, VA 232060                  Richmond, VA 23227-3735                 

Gregory A. Mertz "The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House - - Determining the Intent of the Enemy" >>> 7:30pm <<<, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 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. Greg Mertz Federal forces overwhelming Confederates at the Apex of the Muleshoe just after dawn on May 12, 1864 at Spotsylvania The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House was fought from May 8 to 21, 1864 and was the second battle in the Fredericksburg area between Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Though Union forces had been in the Fredericksburg vicinity for more than two years by that point, they had never penetrated so far into Spotsylvania County, so were in unfamiliar territory, and were further hampered by inaccurate maps. Learning about new territory, as well as keeping track of enemy movements and positions fell primarily to the cavalry. But through an interesting set of circumstances, Grant sent virtually all of his cavalry away on the second day of the battle. Lee had little choice but to dispatch a significant part of his own cavalry to counter the Union horsemen. This left both armies without their "eyes and ears." One way of looking at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House is through the distorted lenses of the army commanders and how they sought to determine just what the other army was up to. We will see both commanders make some very logical conclusions regarding the enemy intent, only to find that though reasonable, they were wrong. Join us as we examine this battle by comparing what the generals thought was happening, with the actual situation. Greg was born and raised near St. Louis, Missouri. He Was active in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Interest in the Civil War began and grew out of annual hiking and camping trips the scout troop made to the Shiloh, Tennessee battlefield every spring. He has a BS degree in Recreation and Park Administration from the University of Missouri and began National Park Service career at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site as a Park Ranger in 1980. Greg earned his Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and Transferred to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in 1984. He served as site historian at the "Stonewall" Jackson Shrine and then as site historian and museum curator for the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center. He is currently serving as Supervisory Historian, selecting, training and evaluating the permanent, seasonal, intern and volunteer employees at the park. Greg has also written articles in the Confederate Veteran and the Blue and Gray Magazine. He was the initial President of the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table and current board member and a former Board member of the Brandy Station Foundation. Meeting Attendance for: July 2012 = 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.)
President's Message Welcome to our September meeting! We've had a remarkable summer, with a super historical trip to "Mosby's Confederacy", excellent speakers, high attendance rates at our monthly meetings, and a steady stream of visitors. The Richmond National Battlefield, Richmond Battlefields Association, and the Museum of the Confederacy distinguished themselves this summer during the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Seven Days Battles of 1862. We should all be proud of the prominent roles played by those Round Table members who are affiliated with these fine organizations! You will note the announcement of our dynamic speaker for this year's annual dinner meeting at Willow Oaks Country Club -- Jack Davis from Virginia Tech. The folks at Willow Oaks did a fine job of supporting last year's November reception and dinner and they are looking forward to our return. I hope that you'll join us this year. Please send your reservation forms to Brent Morgan right away. That will help in our planning for this enjoyable event. We've got National Park Service Ranger Greg Mertz coming down from Fredericksburg to speak to us this month. I'm looking forward to his talk! See you at 7:30 on 11 September. Jack Mountcastle
RCWRT's 2012 Annual Dinner Tuesday, Nov.13, 2011 On Tuesday, November 13, the RCWRT's 2012 annual dinner meeting will again be held at Willow Oaks Country Club. We are very fortunate that the award-winning Civil War historian and author W. C. Davis will be speaking to us about "The Monstrous Regiment of Women." These were the women who posed as men to serve in the Civil War. This promises to be an outstanding presentation. The evening will begin 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 for the second year in a row. 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 beverages may be purchased for $4. We expect to have an enthusiastic response to this annual event and we have to confirm our count early. You are therefore encouraged to make your reservations now.
Please print, copy, or clip the reservation form below or click here and print this form and send it along with a check (made out to "RCWRT") to Brent Morgan.
RCWRT's 2012 Annual Dinner Tuesday, Nov.13, 2012 6:00 - 9:30 PM Willow Oaks Country Club 6228 Forest Hill Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23225 #_____ Members & spouse/date @ $32/ea #_____ Guests @ $35/ea $________Total Due Name____________________________________________________________ Name____________________________________________________________ Name____________________________________________________________ Brent Morgan Questions, call Brent 9091 Pantego Ln. Mechanicsville, VA 23116-5837 Home: 550-3039
Books for Buck$$ Again in September, we're offering members a chance to purchase excellent Civil War history books donated by other members of the Round Table. The money raised through the Books for Buck$$ program will help defray the cost of attendance at our annual dinner meeting in November. All of the funds collected will be applied to the costs of the reception prior to the dinner. Please check your bookshelves to see if you have any books or Civil War magazines that you would like to donate. Look for the book display at our meeting. Prices are: Hardbacks -- $10 Paperbacks -- $5 Magazines -- $1
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RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2012
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