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September 2014 -
Bruce Venter, President                Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2315 Bexley Wood Run                   1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Goochland, VA 23063                    Richmond, VA 23227-3735                  

Jimmy Price "Battle of New Market Heights" 7:30pm, Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 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. Jimmy Price is the Historic Site Manager for Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park and Ben Lomond Historic Site in Prince William County. He is also an adjunct professor of Civil War History at Germanna Community College. He received his M. A. in Military History from Norwich University in 2009 and has worked for such sites as Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Richmond National Battlefield, and the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. He writes about different aspects of Civil War History on his award-winning weblog, Freedom by the Sword: A Historian's Journey through the American Civil War Era and his first book, The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will Be Theirs by the Sword, was nominated in the nonfiction category for the 15th annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. He is currently working on a second book, The First Battle of Deep Bottom: Grant vs. Lee North of the James, 1864 which will be published by The History Press in 2014. Meeting Attendance for: August 2014 = ?? 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 Details about our annual dinner meeting in November are included below. My job is to encourage you to sign up early! This meeting will feature the knowledgeable and always entertaining dean of Civil War speakers, Dr. James "Bud" Robertson. There is no doubt we will have a capacity crowd at the Willow Oaks Country Club. Don't disappoint yourself by waiting until the last minute to reserve a seat. Do it now. Recently I was at the US Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where I ran into my very good friend, Dr. Richard J. Sommers. Dick retired from the Army War College last January but like the old fire house dog, he still frequents the library he helped to design. Dick's 1981 award-winning book, Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg. is being republished this month by Savas-Beatie. Dick told me it's "new and improved" with more images, additional material and some new insights based on his more recent teaching experience at the War College. I encourage you to look for Dick's book. He also will be making appearances at the Richmond and Petersburg Battlefield Parks, so check their calendar for dates. Bruce
RCWRT Annual Dinner Meeting Thursday, November 13, 2014 Once again we will host our annual dinner meeting at Willow Oaks Country Club. This year we are excited to have Dr. James "Bud" Robertson as our guest speaker! One of the most distinguished names in Civil War history, Dr. Robertson served as Executive Director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission in the 1960s and worked with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in commemorating the war's 100th anniversary. He then taught 44 years at Virginia Tech, where his upper division course on the Civil War era attracted 300 or more students per semester and made it the largest class of its kind in the nation. At his retirement in 2011, the University named him Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History. The Danville, VA native is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including biographies of Gens. Robert E. Lee and A.P. Hill, several works on the common soldiers, and three studies written for young readers. His massive biography of Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the basis for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, "Gods and Generals." Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film. The recipient of every major award given in Civil War history, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker than anyone else in the Civil War field. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary degrees from Randolph- Macon College and Shenandoah University. Robertson is a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and is actively engaged in the state's sesquicentennial observances. He will be speaking to our group about the 1960s Centennial and comparing it to the current Sesquicentennial. If you receive the newsletter by (snail) mail then the last page is your printed form. For online members click here for the form and print it. The mailing address is at the bottom of the form. ($32/member,$35/guest)
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Historic Petersburg Foundation Bus Trip to Amelia County The first stop will be at Namozine Church, where Ben Greenbaum and Chris Calkins will give a tour of the church. A rearguard cavalry skirmish took place around the church on April 3, 1865. Next Sailor's Creek new visitor center and museum, the war-damaged Lockett Farm (private), and 2 more battlefields. Then it's on the Haw Branch Plantation to relax, enjoy lunch, and tour the house. This bus trip costs $35 for HPF members and $40 for non members. Included in this payment is a box lunch of a sandwich, chips, cole slaw, pickle, cookie, and drink. The bus will leave from Market Street in Petersburg at 9 am and will return at 5 pm. Parking is available behind St. Paul's Church. Please join us if you can: JOHN R. (BOB) KENNEDY Ft. Lee, VA 804-765-8432 (DSN 552)
Great Beefsteak Raid Tour Longtime roundtable member Scott Mauger will lead an anniversary bus tour of the Great Beefsteak Raid, on Saturday, September 13. Cost of the tour is $30, which includes lunch. Bus leavse the Prince George Heritage Center at Prince George Court House at 9:00 and returns at 4:00. For details and/or reservations, call (804) 863-0212 or e-mail
Richmond National Battlefield Park Tours Don't miss the bus, seats still open for its bus tours: Fort Harrison, Sept 27 For prices and details, call 804-335-8100
Civil War TrustFor the latest CWT news visit:
Upcoming Events/Links Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
NPS Richmond - Sesquicentennial - 1864/2014
Chesterfield Historical Society Winter Lecture Series
Visit The Museum of the Confederacy Online and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Richmond Battlefields Association News & Events
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 2014

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