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October 2013 -
Brent Morgan, President                Gary Cowardin, Editor    
9091 Pantego Lane                      1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Mechanicsville, VA 23116               Richmond, VA 23227-3735               

Jeff Wert "A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Army in Triumph" 7:30pm, Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 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 stairs into the DINING HALL <<<< Jeffrey D. Wert is the author of numerous books on Civil War topics, including biographies of Jeb Stuart, James Longstreet and George Custer. He has also written on Mosby's Rangers, the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, the Army of the Potomac and Gettysburg. His articles and essays have appeared in many publications, including Civil War Times Illustrated and Blue and Gray. He is a very popular speaker on the Civil War conference circuit. Meeting Attendance for: August 2013 = 64 NOTE: Please put on your NAME BADGE on when you arrive for the meeting. (They will be on a table near the back of the room.)
Message from Our President I came across a copy of the September issue of America's Civil War. Amongst several interesting articles there is one by Harold Holzer titled Nights of the Round Table. In it he describes the formation of the very first Round Table in Chicago. Now we know that we are second here in Richmond but he did not get into that but he did discuss the proliferation of the round table movement in general. Holzer further discusses the fact that the Round Table movement is reaching age 60 with many members being beyond that age. I know that we have some younger members on our rolls and we need to encourage this. He discusses that Round Tables are starting to have attendance problem. People can find the info that they want on C-SPAN III or online, or on demand. Our attendance remains at high levels. Our members come to hear out speakers and the quality of our speakers remains high as well. As a speaker Holzer commented on unexciting menus. We treat our speakers to a nice dinner beforehand and, of course, we all enjoy the sumptuous annual banquet in November. So get your checks in on this. The author discussed the need of support for your local Round Table. Be sure to invite those friends or neighbors you have meant to invite. I thought the article was truly enlightening. Hope to see everyone on Tuesday, October 8th! Brent
RCWRT's Annual Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 On Tuesday, November 12, the RCWRT's annual dinner meeting will again be held at the Willow Oaks Country Club thanks to the efforts of several of our members. We are very fortunate to have Dr. George Kirsch, Professor of History Emeritus at Manhattan College as our speaker. Dr. Kirsch is a nationally recognized expert on sports history. He will be speaking about his highly acclaimed book, Baseball in Blue and Gray: The National Pastime During the Civil War. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 PM. Willow Oaks CC will be serving the same excellent buffet dinner as last year. Dinner will be at 7:00 PM. We are also able to keep the same dinner price as last year. The ticket price per person will be $32.00 for members and their spouses/dates. The cost for guests who would like to attend, but are not members of the RCWRT will be $35.00 per person. Beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks will be available at the reception. We expect an enthusiastic response to our annual event. We must confirm our dinner count early, so please make your reservations now. 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.
University of Richmond class "Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley" The Shenandoah Valley was the "breadbasket of the Confederacy" and served as an avenue of invasion for both the Federal and Confederate armies during the war. Led by Jack Mountcastle, this non-credit course is scheduled for 7-9 PM on four Monday evenings beginning on October 14th. The class will review Stonewall Jackson's fascinating Valley Campaign, the impacts of war on the civilian population of the Valley, and the summer campaign of 1864, during which the Shenandoah Valley was seized by Federal forces. The course concludes with a bus tour of selected battlefields of the 1862 and 1864 campaigns on Saturday, November 9th. To enroll, just pick up a registration form at the September meeting. You may also enroll on-line by clicking this link.
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RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2013
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