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

John J. Hennessy The Great Triumvirate: Lee, Jackson, and Longstreet at Second Manassas 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, 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. John Hennessy started his NPS career at Manassas Battlefield in the early 1980s, toiling there joyfully for five years. He later went on to work for the New York State Historic Preservation Office, and then returned to the NPS in 1991, working at the NPS Design Center at Harpers Ferry and, since 1995, at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he is the chief historian. He has written books on each of the battles at Manassas, most notably, Return To Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas, published by Simon and Schuster in 1993. John also edited the personal history of a Civil War soldier. Published in 2000, it is entitled Fighting with the Eighteenth Massachusetts: The Civil War Memoir of Thomas H. Mann. John is frequently asked to speak to Civil War Round Tables. We are looking forward to his presentation this month. The program will hold up Second Manassas as the case study in the function of the Army of Northern Virginia, and will look at the roles played by the "Big Four"--Lee, Longstreet, Jackson, and Stuart--as the campaign unfolded, and how this reflected on the leadership of all of them. Be sure to come early to get a good seat. Meeting Attendance: September 2011 = 101 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. Hope you are well. The weather is getting cooler but not our speaker's energies. We will be addressing the BIG 4 Confederate generals. Please consider bringing a friend-especially try the young to further encourage the study of this great part of American history. Please sign up for the annual dinner for November 8 [Tuesday] - get to Jack Mountcastle (see below). Hope you are reading a great book on this period too. See you then. 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. As expected, we are enjoying an enthusiastic response to this announcement. A number of reservations have already been received. You are encouraged to make your reservations soon so that we may complete our planning with Willow Oaks. 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.
Civil War Trust For the latest CWT news visit:
Upcoming Events 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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