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

"My Search for Meade" Tom Huntington 7:30pm, Tuesday, October 13, 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. Tom Huntington This talk explores some of the places the author visited and the things he learned while working on Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg, a reflection of his journey of discovery investigating Meade's disappearing reputation. The author set out to tell the story of Meade's life, but also wrote about what he found in the present day that related to Meade. Huntington walked the battlefields to see what was there now; visited museums; and talked to park rangers, curators, preservationists and people who have found their passion in Civil War history. He joined the General Meade Society of Philadelphia, read the names of dead soldiers during a moonlight ceremony at the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, and visited a severed arm, an amputated leg, and a horse's head. All in his quest to understand General Meade. Tom Huntington is the author of Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg, as well as Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments, Pennsylvania Civil War Trails, and Ben Franklin's Philadelphia. He is also the former editor of American History and Historic Traveler magazines, and his writing has appeared in many publications, including Smithsonian, Air & Space, American Heritage, Invention & Technology, British Heritage, and Yankee. He lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Beth Ann, and two children. Meeting Attendance for: September 2015 = 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 I hope everyone survived the bike race! We had the opportunity to show off our city, and our history, to the world. At the park that week, I met visitors from all over the country, and the world (Netherlands, China, Germany, New Zealand, France). Everyone I talked to was impressed with Richmond's history. Specifically, they were moved by being at the site of historic events- this is what I like to call the power of place. There is simply no substitute for the real thing, especially at a battlefield. Which leads me to this- The Civil War Trust has just announced a new effort to preserve more land in our own back yard. Crucial battlefield land that saw action in both the battles of Cold Harbor and Gaines' Mill can be saved, forever. The Richmond Battlefield Association has also recently saved more land at Fussell's Mill. When I think back on the legacy of the 150th, I think this is where we can make a real difference. After the reenactments and special events are over, and long after we're gone, the land we save will always be here for others. Think about supporting these efforts- or others that preserve our history 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
Next Year's Speakers Lineup is now online for 2016. RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2016 Jeffery Wert will not be available and instead William Connery will speak on Mosby's Raids in Northern Virginia, on August 9, 2016.
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Upcoming Events/Links
Saturday, October 24th, 2015 Elizabeth Brown Pryor and Interpretation The George Washington Memorial Parkway is hosting a special event to discuss Elizabeth Brown Pryor's life, work, and impact on the interpretation of the Clara Barton National Historic Site and Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. 3-5pm: Take a special tour of Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial emphasizing Ms. Pryor's influence on the site (space limited, see below) 4:30-6pm: Reception at Women in Military Service for America Memorial 6-7pm: Symposium following reception Please RSVP with the total number of guests in your party at by 10/15. If you are interested in touring Arlington House, please include a preferred time slot: space is limited. Tours are offered on a first come, first serve basis at 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00.
National Park Service Richmond
Richmond Battlefields Association News & Events
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2015

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