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November 2007
Bernard Fisher, President              Rob Monroe, Editor       
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November 2007 PROGRAM Thomas P. Lowry "Confederate Heroines: Southern Women Convicted by Union Military Justice" Thursday, November 15, 2007 Annual Holiday Banquet Meeting 24th Floor, SunTrust Bank Tower, 919 E. Main St. 6:00pm cocktails; 7:00pm dinner; 8:00pm program Thanks largely to their self-promotional autobiographies, the exploits of a handful of Southern women - Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Belle Boyd, and Loretta Velasquez come to mind immediately - are familiar figures in Civil War lore. But certainly there had to be other women who spied, smuggled, and otherwise aided the Confederate war effort. Where can we turn for reliable accounts of new Confederate heroines? Tom and Beverly Lowry have found such accounts in sources they have mined for other valuable insights into human behavior and misbehavior during the Civil War: U.S. court martial records. Among the more than 80,000 court martial transcripts that they read and abstracted for their massive data base, the Lowrys found accounts of 120 Southern (primarily border state) women tried by U.S. Military Commission. Their stories are told in Tom Lowry's latest book, Confederate Heroines, published in 2006 by the Louisiana State University Press. A retired physician and psychiatrist and U.S. Air Force veteran, Tom Lowry is best known for his best-selling 1994 book, The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War. He and his wife Beverly moved east to pursue their court martial research, which has provided the material for other books including Tarnished Eagles: The Courts-Martial of Fifty Union Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels; Tarnished Scalpels: The Court-Martials of Fifty Union Generals and Don't Shoot That Boy!: Abraham Lincoln and Military Justice.
Museum of the Confederacy Announces Exhibition and Online Gallery The Museum of the Confederacy recently announced that the most complete collection of Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's wartime effects will be exhibited to the public together for the first time in a over a century. The Virginia Historical Society's collection of Stuart items will be on special loan to the Museum of the Confederacy until 2010. The collection will join the museum's already extensive collection of Stuart artifacts currently on display in The Confederate Years, the museum's permanent exhibit. New items on special loan from the Virginia Historical Society include Stuart's Whitney pistol, uniform jacket, vest, trousers, and the blood-stained sash worn at the time of his mortal wounding at Yellow Tavern in May of 1864. Those items join the museum's regular Stuart display that includes his French-made hat with ostrich plume, LeMat pistol and holster, saddle, boots, gauntlets, French cavalry saber, sword belt, Calisher & Terry carbine, and field desk. "This exhibit is one of the most complete exhibits of personal effects of an important Civil War general ever on display," stated Robert Hancock, the Museum of the Confederacy's director of collections and senior curator. "It combines the two separate, venerable collections of Stuart artifacts and has an impressive presence in the Museum." The Museum of the Confederacy is also launching of an online exhibition featuring letters, photographs, and artifacts of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. "The Lee and Jackson Resources" section features 30 gallery pages with 450 images. Virtual visitors to will be able to view a wide selection of Lee and Jackson items in the museum's collections. The Letters and Documents galleries offer images of official and personal correspondence, telegrams, and orders sent by the two Confederate generals. The Photographs and Portraits galleries include copies of the few images taken of the two men from life. Brief narratives introduce visitors to the galleries' themes and highlights. The Lee and Jackson Resources will serve as an online exhibit and a research and educational resource for students of all ages.
Library of Virginia Program Examines Civil War Soldier and Sculptor On Wednesday, November 14, the Library of Virginia will host a program featuring Col. Keith Gibson, director of museum programs and architectural historian at VMI, and Stan Cohen, author, historian, and publisher. They will discuss and sign their new book, Moses Ezekiel: Civil War Soldier, Renowned Sculptor. A native of Richmond, Ezekiel was the first Jewish cadet enrolled at VMI. As a young cadet he fought in the Battle of New Market in 1864 and served in the Confederate army. After the Civil War he trained as a sculptor, studying at the Royal Academy of Art in Berlin and creating numerous well-known sculptures. This free event begins at noon and is offered in partnership with the Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives. A small exhibition of pieces by Ezekiel will be on display in conjunction with the talk.
Speakers Announced for 2008 Richmond Civil War Round Table members can look forward to another year of outstanding speakers in 2008. Ed Wooldridge has put together a roster that includes a blend of authors; academicians; and National Park Service historians, both active and retired. Looking ahead to next year, here's the line-up of speakers who will be presenting to the RCWRT. January 8: Nelson Lankford "Cry Havoc: The Crooked Road to Civil War, 1861" February 12: Robert K. Krick "The Myths of the Won Causes" March 11: Scott Patchan "Jubal's July" April 8: Patrick Schroeder The Battles of Appomattox May 13: George Rable "God as General; Was There a Religious History of the Civil War?" June 10: Craig Symonds Lincoln and the Union Navy July 8: Frank O'Reilly (topic to be announced) August 12: John Quarstein "Ben Butler and the Contrabands" September 9: Ed Bearss "The Battle of Shiloh" October 14: Jeff Wert Topic from his new book on J.E.B. Stuart November 11: Ed Ayers (topic to be announced - annual dinner meeting) December 9: R.E.L. Krick (topic to be announced)
Gordon Rhea to Speak at ACWC In early May 1864, Ulysses S. Grant initiated a drive through central Virginia to defeat Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. For forty days, the armies fought a grinding campaign from the Rapidan River to the James River that helped decide the course of the Civil War. On Saturday afternoon, November 17, author Gordon C. Rhea, a leading authority on the Overland Campaign, will be at the American Civil War Center to discuss his latest book, In the Footsteps of Grant and Lee: The Wilderness through Cold Harbor. A unique blend of narrative and photographic journalism, In the Footsteps of Grant and Lee also features stunning contemporary images of the battlefields taken by photographer Chris Heisey. The program will begin at 2:00 with a book sale and signing to follow. The event is $10 or free with museum admission and is free for ACWC members.
American Revolution Round Table Meets November 14 The next meeting of the American Revolution Round Table - Richmond will occur on Wednesday, November 14, beginning with dinner at 5:30 in the Heilman Dining Center of the University of Richmond. John Nagy will speak on his new book Rebellion in the Ranks: Mutinies of the American Revolution. He has documented hundreds of such mutinies during the war. For specific details, check or contact Bill Welsch at 755-1809 or or Jerry Rudd at 323-1759 or Reservations are not required. All are most welcome to attend and participate.
Pamplin Park Offers Detailed Map of Petersburg Campaign Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier now offers visitors a detailed map of the Petersburg Campaign. Commissioned by Trailhead Graphics, the map is a guide to historic and modern features that commemorate the Petersburg area Civil War battlefields. The map details such locations as Five Forks Battlefield, Reams Station Battlefield, the Eastern and Western Fronts, Pamplin Historical Park, and Grant's Headquarters at City Point. It also indicates Virginia Civil War Trail Sites, locations of earthworks, monuments, markers, and visitor centers around the Petersburg area as well as other Civil War points of interest. Trailhead Graphics (also known as Battlefield America) has been making detailed custom cartography since 1991. Their maps enable the user to identify and interpret historic landmarks. These maps are highly recommended by historians, park rangers and Civil War authorities who suggest that these maps are the best way to get around when you are visiting a battlefield. They are "simply the best maps available," said A. Wilson Greene, President and CEO of Pamplin Historical Park. The map is the same size as a standard road map and folds easily to fit into the glove compartment of your car. It is clean, easily readable, full color, and printed on waterproof and tear-resistant paper. It is meant to last through countless travel adventures. The Petersburg Campaign map is the latest addition to the Battlefield America Civil War map series, which also includes Gettysburg National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield, and Shiloh National Military Park. The maps are designed for the dedicated battlefield enthusiast as well as the casual visitor. Petersburg Campaign maps are available in Pamplin Historical Park's Civil War Store for $7.48 each. Contact the Civil War Store at 804-861-2408 or purchase maps online at:
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2007
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