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Elaine Duckworth, President         Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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"Cedar Creek & Belle Grove NHP "History of Cedar Creek Battlefield and How it Became Part of the NPS" by Kyle Rothemich 7:30pm, Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 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. Kyle graduated from West Virginia University with a Masters Degree in Public History and Cultural Resource Management. He currently serves as the historian and cultural resources manager at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, where he began as a seasonal interpreter in 2012. Kyle is responsible for ensuring that all park actions comply with Federal, state, and local historic preservation laws and ordinances. He also oversees all the archaeological investigations, historic studies, and works closely with facility staff on the restoration of park historic structures. Kyle works with legislated partners such as Belle Grove Plantation and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to collaborate on historic preservation efforts in the park. As a Mountaineer, Kyle loves to cheer "Lets Go!" during all West Virginia University football games. He lives in Harrisonburg with his girlfriend Nora, who both look forward to their weekends where they can hike, and explore the local flavor of the Valley. Kyle will be speaking on the history of historic preservation on the Cedar Creek Battlefield, which eventually led to the creation of a National Park in 2002. The Cedar Creek Battlefield lacked federal involvement in preservation efforts that were seen at places such as Gettysburg, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Rather veterans, photographers, and local organizations came to identifying, documenting, and preserving the battlefield. Historic photographs, postcards, veteran reunions, and government documents all help reveal this story. Kyle will examine how the battlefield changed overtime, identify efforts by groups to preserve lands, and conclude with creation of a National Park and what the future holds for Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. Meeting Attendance for September: 57 (rain) 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 Dear Members, Bud Robertson, a distinguished Civil War historian for more than 45 years, will be our guest presenter at the annual dinner meeting on November 15th at the Willow Oaks Country Club. Please bring your check to our October meeting to confirm your seat. You won't want to miss this meeting! Congratulations to our 2nd Vice President, Doug Crenshaw, who was recognized by the Richmond National Battlefield Park at our September meeting for tens years of service as a volunteer. Volunteers are much appreciated for their dedicated work on behalf of our underfunded national parks. If you have the time to volunteer, I encourage you to contact a local national historic park about opportunities to help in a most worthy cause and learn in the process. Are you ready to serve the Richmond Civil War Round Table in some capacity and not sure how you can do that in a tangible way? Consider helping out with the monthly book raffle. Danny Witt, who has generously given his time to coordinate the book raffle over the past few years, is ready to pass the baton. Please see Danny at our October meeting if you're able to lend a hand to assist with the monthly book raffle that brings additional funds into our reserve. In the summer of 2012, I toured the Cedar Creek Battlefield with Park Ranger Kyle Rothemich as my guide. Not only did Kyle provide a compelling interpretation of the battle, but he also went above and beyond the call of duty to answer my specific questions after my visit. My personal interest stems from my great-grandfather, Moses T. Duckworth (born 1842, enlisted 1862), being there with the Army of West Virginia (8th Corps) that fateful morning of October 19th, 1864. According to Jonathan Noyales, the Union Army accounted for 5,764 casualties, 569 men killed in action, and the Confederate Army reported 3,060 casualties, 1,860 men killed or wounded. Among these casualties were Confederate General Stephen Dodson Ramseur and Union Brigadier Generals Daniel Bidwell and Charles Lowell, Jr. I look forward to hearing Kyle speak about Belle Grove located in the lovely Shenandoah Valley. Please plan to join us on October 9th for his fascinating presentation. Elaine
THE RCWRT 2018 FIELD TRIP We're in front of the new Petersburg National Battlefild Five Forks Battlefield Visitors Center Thanks to our tour leaders Doug Crenshaw(middle), Ed Alexander(right) and Jack Mountcastle
Annual Members Dinner - THURSDAY November 15th 6pm Location: River Dining Room at Willow Oaks Country Club 6228 Forest Hill Avenue Richmond, VA 23225 Menu: Chicken Night Buffet featuring Fried or Baked Chicken Choice of two salads One vegetable Spaghetti Choice of two desserts Cost: $35.00 per person A Cash Bar will be available Dinner Speaker: (speaker info below) Bring your check to the October meeting on October 9th, or mail checks for the dinner payable to the Richmond Civil War Roundtable and send to my attention: Art Wingo 1414 Patriot Circle Glen Allen, VA. 23059 "Robert E. Lee and the Quest for Peace" by Dr. James I. (Bud) Robertson, Jr. 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. 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. He received every teaching award given by Virginia Tech. 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 40 books, including three studies written for young readers. His massive biography of Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base 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, he is a lecturer of national acclaim. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University. Robertson, a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, was actively engaged in the state's sesquicentennial observances. He is the Father of the traditional state song, "Our Great Virginia," approved by the General Assembly in March, 2015. Robertson's annotated edition of John B. Jones's A REBEL WAR CLERK'S DIARY debuted at MOC in Appomattox on September 26, 2015 in two volumes published by the University of Kansas Press. His latest books are AFTER THE CIVIL WAR (National Geographic Society, 2015) and CIVIL WAR ECHOES: VOICES FROM VIRGINIA, 1860 -1891 (Library of Virginia, 2016).
RCWRT Historical Files Dear members, The RCWRT maintains our organization's historical files in the archives at VCU's James Branch Cabell Library. As you look through your RCWRT memorabilia, please think of what you might want to contribute to our collection. If you are interested in doing so, please bring your items to the October meeting or schedule a time with me to gather your contributions. Thank you in advance for your interest in this project. Sandy Parker
2018 Membership and Information Form 2018 RCWRT membership dues were collected through April 1. Dues postmarked after April 1 are considered late. A $25 late fee will be added to individual and couple memberships. $60 = individual and $70 = couple membership. Using the link below open the .pdf file print and fill it out then either bring it to the meeting along with payment or mail it to Sandy @: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary 2425 Falkirk Drive North Chesterfield, VA 23236 2018 Membership and Members Contact Information .pdf Form (Click the link above and the .pdf form should open ready for printing.) New members are welcome throughout the year. A one time initiation fee of $25 is added to the $35 individual or $45 couple membership dues. Please follow the instructions on the members form on the RCWRT website.
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