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Bert Dunkerly, President               Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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Richmond, VA 23223                     Richmond, VA 23227-3735                     

Stephen M. (Sam) Hood "Found! The Lost Papers of General John Bell Hood" 7:30pm, Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 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. Sam Hood Scholars hail Confederate General John Bell Hood's personal papers as "the most important discovery in Civil War scholarship in the last half century." This invaluable cache includes documents relating to Hood's U.S. Army service, Civil War career, and postwar life. It includes letters from Confederate and Union officers, unpublished battle reports, detailed medical reports relating to Hood's two major wounds, and dozens of letters exchanged between Hood and his wife Anna. This treasure trove is available for the first time for both professional and amateur Civil War historians in The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood, edited and annotated by award-winning author Stephen M. "Sam" Hood, a distant relative of Confederate General John Bell Hood. Sam is a retired industrial construction company owner, and lives in Huntington WV with his wife of 38 years, the former Martha Ann Hager. He is a 1970 graduate of Kentucky Military Institute, and earned a BBA in Marketing from Marshall University in 1976. Sam served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has had a life long interest in the sport of soccer. He is a former Head Men's Soccer Coach at Marshall University, and coached Huntington St. Joseph Catholic High School to West Virginia State Championships in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1988. He was named West Virginia High School Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1993, and was a charter inductee into the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010. A former college soccer referee, Sam was a founder of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association in 1982. With an abiding interest in Civil War history, Sam is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Gray Education Society of Chatham VA, and is past president of the Board of Directors of Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in New Orleans. Meeting Attendance for: August 2015 = 81 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 Our topic this month, focusing on the lost papers of General John B. Hood, is a good reminder that we can all play a role in preserving the past. Our guest speaker will discuss how newly found papers may change our views of General Hood. How many of us have family papers or other historical documents that may be of interest to historians? We don't have to have something from a famous person for it to be important. Family papers, diaries, letters, journals, receipts, official documents, photos, and other records- even if seemingly mundane- can be vital to historians who hope to research every life, social history, or local history topics. I have seen many exciting documents surface during the 150th Commemoration over the last few years. I encourage everyone to share what they may have with Virginia Civil War 150th Commission, or with any relevant history museum or historic site. The 150th Commission website is: See you at the meeting! Bert
The Annual RCWRT Dinner will be held on November 10 at the Willow Oaks Country Club Michael W. Kauffman will present "Guilt by Insinuation: The Lincoln Murder Conspiracy Trial." Kauffman is the premier scholar on the Lincoln Assassination and author of the highly praised American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies. He is a political historian and graduate of the University of Virginia who has studied the Lincoln assassination for more than forty years. Mike has appeared on A&E, the History Channel, C-SPAN, and the Learning Channel, and was called to testify as an expert witness in the 1995 Booth exhumation hearings. For years, he led the Surratt Society's day long John Wilkes Booth Escape Route tours. He will be speaking about the trail and fate of the conspirators, the outcome of which is still debated today. 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. ($35/member/spouse or date; $38/guest) Bill Welsch Phone: 804-755-1809 10708 Rocket Drive Glen Allen, VA 23060
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