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

Mike Gorman, NPS Ranger "Photo Forensics in 1864 - A New Look at the Last Autumn of the War" 7:30pm, Tuesday, October 14, 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. Our October speaker had to cancel, so filling in this month will be Park Ranger Mike Gorman. Michael D. Gorman is a Richmond-based historian, currently working for the National Park Service. He is the creator and webmaster of Civil War Richmond (, a web-based "file cabinet" of primary sources regarding the life and times of the Confederate Capital. He is widely recognized as an expert on Civil War Photography, and has published numerous articles about the Civil War. Also in 2012, he served as an historical advisor on the set of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Petersburg and Chaffin's Farm, 1864: Close examination of the images of the Virginia Front during the Fall of 1864 is yielding important information that not only gives us a glimpse into what life was like for soldiers at the front, but changes our perceptions of the battlefields themselves. This new program will feature some of the more important discoveries with an emphasis on how this kind of research is possible, and how anyone can now become a photo historian. Meeting Attendance for: August 2014 = 74 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 RCWRT members will remember that in August we raffled off a pre-publication copy of S. C. Gwynne's newest book entitled Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson. I recently received email blasts from both Amazon and Barnes & Nobles that this book is now out-but the RCWRT saw it first. Another new book you should know about is James McPherson's Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief. Jim is a first rank historian and writer, so I'm looking forward to this one. A couple of weeks ago, Tom Clemens did a tour for our company on the Maryland Campaign. Tom was a speaker in 2013 and is president of SHAF-Save Historic Antietam Foundation. I wanted to take this opportunity of put in a word for the good work Tom and his group is doing to preserve land related to one of the most important campaigns and battlefields of the war. When it comes to donating to preservation, SHAF merits your consideration. Finally, don't forget to send your check to Bert Dunkerly for our annual dinner meeting next month featuring "Bud" Robertson. Bud is a perennial favorite and you won't want to miss what he has to say. Bruce
RCWRT Annual Dinner Meeting Thursday, November 13, 2014 Don't miss Bud! Get your check to Bert Dunkerly by Nov 3 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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Civil War Trust For 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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