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December 2009 -
Edward J. Wooldridge, Pres.            Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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December 2009 Program Richard McMurry The General in the Jar: Joseph E. Johnston and the Defenses of Atlanta 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at the Boulevard United Methodist Church, 321 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA (corner of Boulevard and Stuart Ave.) Enter the basement door on the right side under the front steps. The speaker for our December 8, 2009 meeting, Richard McMurry, will be familiar to many of us as he returns to the Round Table. A native of Atlanta, he received a B.A. in history from VMI. Following two years active duty in the Army, he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Emory University. Richard taught history at Valdosta (GA) State College (1967-1981) and was an adjunct professor at NC State University (1981-1988). Currently he is a freelance writer, a speaker and serves as a guide/historian for tours and cruises. He qualifies as an authority on the Civil War as he has authored over 100 articles on the War in addition to publishing many books. Two of his books, John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence and Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate Military History, were listed by Civil War Magazine among the 100 best current Civil War books. Other books include 1) Virginia Military Institute Alumni in the Civil War: Bello Presidium (1999), 2) The Fourth Battle of Winchester: Toward a New Civil War Paradigm (2002), and 3), Atlanta 1864: Last Chance for the Confederacy (2000), which received an award for distinguished scholarship and political history. Richard has spoken extensively to Civil War Round Tables, colleges, and high school groups in over 30 states. He is an active member of numerous Civil War historic and preservation organizations including the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Civil War Education Association. No period of General Johnston's command has been more crucial to his military reputation or was more controversial than the six months in 1864 that he spent in commanding the Army of Tennessee in the defense of Atlanta. At our December 8, 2009 meeting Richard McMurry will discuss this critical period in the life of General Joseph E. Johnston and its effect on the outcome on the Civil War. During the Civil War General Johnston commanded more Confederate soldiers than any other Rebel general leading Southern armies in Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and the Carolinas. He was also one of the most controversial Confederate generals. What can be said about his record that most critical period of the war?
Round Table Elections Upcoming At December 8 Meeting All members are encouraged to attend the December meeting. This is a very important meeting because we will be electing our officers and the three at-large members of the Executive Committee.
Annual Dinner a Rousing Success For those of you who were unable to attend this year's Annual Holiday Dinner at the Jepson Alumni Center, you missed a wonderful evening. More than 120 members and guests in attendance were treated to a great meal and an outstanding talk by famed historian Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson. Many thanks go to 1st VP Davis Wrinkle for putting together this excellent evening for the Round Table. Also, thanks to Treasurer Richard Grosse, for handling the cash bar so the rest of us could enjoy the social hour preceding the dinner.
Check Out Our Latest Online Book Report The Rebel and the Rose. James A. Semple, Julia Gardiner Tyler and the Lost Confederate Gold By Doug Tice
Some Upcoming Events
Now - at the Virginia Historical Society A New Exhibition on John Brown's Raid October 10, 2009 through April 11, 2010
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and their Events Calendar
Visit the The Museum of the Confederacy Online and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2010
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Richmond Civil War Round Table Newsletter Gary Cowardin, Editor 1404 Lorraine Ave. Richmond, VA 23227-3735

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