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Elaine Duckworth, President         Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2508 Hanover Avenue                 1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23220                  Richmond, VA 23227-3735           

"Battle of Glendale" by Doug Crenshaw MEETING CANCELED DUE TO SNOW 7:30pm, Tuesday, December 11, 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. Doug Crenshaw studied history at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond. A volunteer for the Richmond National Battlefield Park, he is a Board member of the Richmond Battlefield Association, a member of the Richmond Civil War Roundtable, and is a speaker, presenter and tour leader. His book, Fort Harrison and The Battle of Chaffin's Farm, was nominated in the nonfiction category for a Library of Virginia Literary award. Doug has also written The Battle of Glendale: Robert E. Lee's Lost Opportunity, and It Shall not be Given Up! a survey and tour of the Seven Days campaign, which was a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished writing award. Doug is currently working with Drew Gruber on an ECW book on the Peninsula Campaign, and with Bert Dunkerly on one about Civil War Richmond. Meeting Attendance for November: 61 (dinner) 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, At our annual banquet meeting, Sandy Parker was presented with an award for decades of distinguished service to the Richmond Civil War Round Table for her hard work as our secretary. Sandy joins an esteemed group of members who were granted lifetime membership in the RCWRT: Jack Ackerly, Ed Bearrs, Hobson Goddin, and Judge Doug Tice. Please join us in December as we elect executive committee members and vote on constitutional changes. If you're interested in serving our round table in some capacity, please let us know. As I moved past tables of pistols, shoulder arms, knives, swords, and a wide variety of cannon shot and shell at Richmond's annual Civil War Show in November, I reflected on the men who fought, suffered, and died in the war of 1861-1865. I can imagine my own ancestor, Lemuel Duckworth, spending a bitter cold Christmas Eve as a POW at Belle Isle in December 1864. It's not hard to believe that he must have missed family and friends and longed for the warmth and comfort of his own hearth. General Robert E. Lee wrote a poignant letter to his wife on Christmas Day, two weeks after the battle of Fredericksburg and said: "What a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world! I pray that, on this day when only peace and good-will are preached to mankind, better thoughts may fill the hearts of our enemies and turn them to peace." In one of the most inspiring and memorable speeches in American history, Abraham Lincoln lifted up our grieving citizenry to advocate for forgiveness. "With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan-to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." Forgiveness, which is so important to people on an individual level, is equally so to a nation that is tested by civil war. It has been my great honor to serve the Richmond Civil War Round Table over the past three years. My great-grandfather, Moses T. Duckworth, was the SVC and Adjutant Sergeant Major of Cutler Post #502 of the GAR and my great-grandmother, Anna Haddix Duckworth, served in this post's WRC. My wish at the new year for the RCWRT is that it will continue to thrive and attract new members to study the Civil War, the most important historical event in our country's history after its founding. I can think of no one nicer to pass the gavel to than Rob Monroe, and after him, Doug Crenshaw, and after him Ulli Baumann. We are truly blessed. Elaine

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Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours
RCWRT Monthly Speakers for 2018
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