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November 2006
Sheppard Parsons, President            Rob Monroe, Editor       
107 Rose Hill Road                     2416 Edenbrook Dr.       
Richmond, VA 23229                     Richmond, VA 23228-3040       

November 2006 PROGRAM Michael D. Gorman "Civil War Richmond Revisited" 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 8, 2006, at the 24th floor of the SunTrust Building 919 E. Main St., Downtown Richmond Free parking is available in the SunTrust parking garage under the building. Use the Cary Street entrance, between 9th & 10th Streets. Come to the lobby and take the elevator to the 24th floor. 6:00 - Social (cash bar) 7:00 - Dinner 8:00 - Featured Program Michael D. Gorman is a park historian at Richmond National Battlefield Park. He is the creator of Civil War Richmond (, an online research project designed to collect documents, photographs, and maps pertaining to Richmond during the Civil War. The website is his labor of love and consists of primary and a smattering of secondary accounts related to the Capital City. This ever-growing website has received well over 1 million visitors since its inception. Mr. Gorman is also a contributing author to 99 Historic Images of Richmond Civil War Sites published by the Center for Civil War Photography. The featured program will be a multimedia presentation examining, locating and interpreting newly researched and rare images of Richmond during the Civil War.
Poplar Grove National Cemetery's 140th Anniversary to be Commemorated In 1866 Congress approved the establishment of national cemeteries so that the resting places of the honored dead may be kept sacred forever. On Saturday, November 11 Petersburg National Battlefield will commemorate the 140th anniversary of the establishment of Poplar Grove National Cemetery with a special event from 5pm to 9pm. Each of the 6,000 graves will be marked with a luminary candle. Visitors are invited to walk the grounds of the cemetery, learn about some of the men who are buried there and reflect on the history of one of our national cemeteries. Due to limited space there will be no parking at the cemetery. Parking for the event will be at Richard Bland College in the parking lot off Johnson Road. Shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from the cemetery. The last shuttle bus will depart at 8:15pm. For more information call Elizabeth Dinger-Glisan at (804) 732-3531 ext. 200.
Upcoming Events Tuesday, November 14: "Ballots Are Stronger Than Bullets: Election Records at the Library of Virginia." Ginny Dunn, archives research services manager at the Library of Virginia, will give a brief history of elections in Virginia and discuss Confederate elections and post-Civil War records while Virginia was under military rule. This free event begins at noon in the conference rooms at the Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street. Saturday and Sunday, November 18 & 19: Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue. Thousands of Civil War artifacts, images, books, art, documents, weapons, uniforms, and accouterments, from more than 400 exhibitors, will be available for purchase. This show has the largest attendance of Civil War-related non-profit organizations and museums in the nation. Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 9am-3pm. Cost: $6; under 12 free with adult. For more info call (804) 737-5827 or (804) 928-1006. Tuesday, November 21: Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South, the best selling and critically acclaimed novel based on the life of Carrie McGavock of Franklin, TN, will talk about and sign copies of his book at the Museum of the Confederacy. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the book with the author. Begins at 1pm, free with Museum admission. Saturday, December 2: A Victorian Christmas program at the Museum of the Confederacy. An in-depth presentation on Victorian Christmas traditions. 10am-12:30pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Linda Lipscomb, or (804) 649-1861 ext. 32. $12 for Museum members and $15 for non-members. Sunday, December 10: Court End Christmas. The Museum of the Confederacy joins other Court End sites for a day of period festivities, music and living history in one of Richmond's oldest neighborhoods. Visitors will see the White House of the Confederacy in Christmas dress and get a real look at the holidays Civil War-style. Free. For more information call (804) 649-1861.
Speakers Announced for 2007 For many years now Richmond Civil War Round Table members have enjoyed an impressive lineup of nationally and internationally-renown historians speaking on a diverse range of subjects. We're proud to announce that tradition will continue in the coming year with another impressive list of guests and subjects. Here's what we have to look forward to in 2007: January: Mark K. Greenough on "A State House Divided: Virginia's Capitol and the Civil War." February: John Hennessey on the evolution and state of battlefield interpretation (featuring case studies of Manassas and Fredericksburg). March: Rick Hatcher on either Fort Sumter and the Defense of Charleston or the Battle of Wilson's Creek. April: Bill Marvel on "The Road to Appomattox and Other Adventures in Iconoclasm." May: William W. Freehling on "The Road to Disunion." June: David Coles on Florida in the Civil War. July: Kevin Levin on General William Mahone and the Battle of the Crater. August: Art Bergeron on the life and career of a Louisiana Unionist, Capt. Dennis Haynes. September: Joseph T. Glatthaar on a collective biography of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. October: James Morgan on the Battle of Ball's Bluff. November: Thomas P. Lowry on "Confederate Heroines." December: John F. Burgwyn on Col. Henry K. Burgwyn and "Kinchen."
American Revolution Round Table Forming in Richmond Under the mentorship of Dr. Harry M. Ward, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Richmond and a noted scholar of the revolutionary period, a small group of interested persons are in the beginning stages of forming an American Revolution Round Table in the Richmond area. The initial meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at the University of Richmond, beginning with an optional dinner at 6:30pm in the Westhampton Room of the Heilman Dining Center. An organizational meeting and presentation by Dr. Ward will follow at 7:30. If interested, please contact RCWRT member Bill Welsch ( or 804-755-1809) or Jerry Rudd (804-323-1759) for specifics. Anyone interested in exploring this critical and exciting period of our history is encouraged to attend.
Thanks John! The Richmond Civil War Round Table would like to thank John Coski for planning and organizing an exceptional fall field trip to Civil War sites in Virginia's Historic Triangle. John skillfully marshaled three independent tours at three separate locations. He even managed to chase the clouds away. Well done, John!
Museum of the Confederacy Announces Results of Independent Study The panel of independent consultants, brought together in spring 2006 to study The Museum of the Confederacy, has finished its analysis. The peer review team was charged with studying strategic options available to the museum and recommending a course of action to assure its successful future. The peer review committee stressed in their report that keeping the collection together and intact is of utmost importance. According to Nicholas Muller, leader of the peer review committee, "Based on both their quality and their historical significance, The Museum of the Confederacy collections have irreplaceable value in our understanding of the Civil War and its aftermath." The leaders of the study determined that Richmond is the best location for the collection because of its historical significance in the Civil War, but the collection remaining together in its entirety was seen as more important than the location of it. The report recommended the adjacent White House of the Confederacy should not be relocated. Based on the findings and recommendations of the peer review committee, the museum's board of trustees has already made two major decisions regarding the future of the institution. First, the White House of the Confederacy will not move from its historical location. Second, the museum's collections must relocate in order to survive. Museum leadership is currently exploring strategic partnerships with other locations in order to accomplish this task. This report from the peer review study group gives the museum a strong external analysis that objectively assesses the institution's situation and best course of action for a successful future. According to Executive Director S. Waite Rawls, "The Board of Trustees and myself are very satisfied with the peer review process and its results. The report validates much of our own analysis, confirms The Museum of the Confederacy's dire financial situation, and points us in the right direction for the future. We look forward to using these recommendations as guidelines for strategic decisions regarding the Museum."
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Richmond Civil War Round Table Newsletter Rob Monroe, Editor 2416 Edenbrook Dr. Richmond, VA 23228-3040

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