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"The Potomac Blockade of August 1861-March 1862" by Robert Orrison 7:30pm, Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 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. All was NOT quiet along the Potomac during the fall and winter of 1861. Beginning in May of 1861, Confederate forces sought ways to blockade Washington, DC via the Potomac blockade. In a series of strategic moves, skirmishes and naval battles, the Confederates created a real embarrassment for the Lincoln administration. The Federal City was virtually blockaded until March 1862, driving up prices in the city and effecting the supply of McClellan's Army of the Potomac. The events along the Potomac saw one of the first Civil War battles, the first US Naval officer killed in battle and the first "air craft carrier." Historian Rob Orrison will give a synopsis of the blockade and its importance. He will also highlight recent preservation efforts to preserve and interpret the sites related to the Potomac blockade. Meeting Attendance for August: 90 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 Mosby! Another name, along with Lee, Jackson, and Stuart, that is sure to garner a high member turn out to a meeting. Witness the large audience that enjoyed Bill Connery's interesting presentation outlining John S Mosby's Northern Virginia raids over the course of the war. Thanks to Bill for a job very well done. Be sure to make your reservation for our annual Willow Oaks Holiday Dinner with Troy as soon as possible. Details are below. "Charge 'em, boys, charge `em!" So shouts a voice from the crowd. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, there are obviously no longer any living witnesses to the conflict. But in the 1930s, there were many old soldiers willing to replicate the fierce Rebel Yell. Watch them here, thanks once again to Art Ritter, that locator of bits of fascinating historical trivia. Thanks, Art. It's interesting that all the various demonstrated yells differed somewhat, which seems to support research that the yell varied from person to person and place to place, evolving over time. I recommend Craig A. Warren's The Rebel Yell: A Cultural History for a modern, in-depth analysis of the topic. Plus, the American Civil War Museum offers "The Rebel Yell Lives!" on CD, available at: for another vocal treatment. Please join us on Tuesday. Bill
Annual Members Dinner Meeting Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6pm River Dining Room Willow Oaks Country Club 6228 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225 Cost: $35.00 per person A Cash Bar will be available Menu: Chicken Night Buffet featuring Fried or Baked Chicken Choice of two salads One vegetable Spaghetti Choice of two desserts Our speaker will be Ed Ayers, past president, University of Richmond. Professor Ayers has been asked to speak on the subject of whether or not there will be a Civil War Bicentennial based primarily on two great deficiencies: The stifling political correctness extant and The present day lack of historical knowledge Both of which we all are obligated to deal with today He promises to do the best he can but just imagine the potential dilemma raised for Professor Ayers due to those same hot issues. He bravely promised that because we are a favored group and as a history professor with an eye to the future he will give it a try. This will be a very interesting discussion. You will understand more than your neighbors and it will be of the future. This is going to be good! We strongly recommend you save the date and let Troy hear from you right away as this will probably sell out quickly. Contact Troy Arnold: E-mail: Phone 804-740-8718 (leave a clear message & call back number if no answer) Mail your check for $35 X number of dinners to: (write the # on the check) Troy Arnold 301 Hollyport Road Henrico, VA 23229
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2016 BOTTMORE LECTURE (free) featuring Dr. Don H. Doyle "The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War" Thursday, September 22 @ 7:30 p.m. Keller Hall, the university of Richmond Free. Reservations recommended. For more information: Email: To reserve a seat, visit
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