S. Waite Rawls III
Burying the Dead, but not the Past
8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 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 left and down a few stairs.
Waite Rawls began his involvement with Civil War Roundtables when he
joined the Franklin, Virginia Civil War Roundtable in 1957 at the age of
9. The Franklin Roundtable was one of the first in the nation, and it
had a rule that prohibited membership before age 18, but they waived the
rule to let in a teenager named Dan Balfour, and Waite saw the
Rawls earned his B.A. at Virginia Military Institute and was later
awarded an M.B.A. and J.D. by the University of Virginia. He joined
the Museum of the Confederacy in 2004 after a 30-year career in
investment banking in New York and Chicago, with Dan Balfour being the
one to nominate him for the spot. He makes 20-30 speeches a year to
groups across the country, including 8 other Roundtables. This is his
first appearance before his home group.
When he joined the MOC, Waite hoped to have the time to write a book,
but that has never happened. So he will talk to us about somebody
else's book, Burying the Dead but not the Past, Caroline Janney's 2008
book about the Ladies Memorial Associations in Virginia. They were
responsible for reburying 72,000 Confederate soldiers, giving us
Memorial Day, founding the UDC and the MOC, and erecting statues to
Confederates all over the state-a great story that most of us do not
Be sure to come early to get a good seat.
Meeting Attendance: November 2011 = 96 (dinner meeting)
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.)
A Word from Our President
Welcome to our last RCWRT meeting of the year. I hope all are reading
about this exciting time of our history, plan a tour, or lecture in the
near future. We have none other than one of our own excellent speakers.
Please bring a friend. We will have our elections of officers for
2012. The executive committee has a slate of suggestions: President -
Jack Mountcastle, 1st VP - Brent Morgan, 2nd VP Dr. Bruce Venter, Sec -
Sandy Parker, Treas - Richard Grosse. Three others will also be voted
to serve on the executive committee. Any suggestions or other
nominations are welcome. Look forward to seeing EACH of you there.
See you Tuesday,
David Whitehead, Pres. RCWRT
RCWRT's 2011 Annual Dinner
On Tuesday, November 8, the RCWRT's 2011 annual dinner was held at
Willow Oaks Country Club. Author, Elizabeth Brown Pryor helped make it
a great success by speaking about many the fascinating aspects of Robert
E. Lee's character.
Civil War Trust
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www.moc.orgVisit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
Events CalendarPamplin Historical Park and
The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
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