A Photographic Presentation and Tour Saturday, June 11, 2005, 8 AM-Noon The Museum of the Confederacy will offer Drewry's Bluff: Captured Only in Photographs, its first in a series of Navy-related tours, on Saturday, June 11, 8 am-noon. The Civil War Confederate fort at Drewry's Bluff, south of Richmond on a bend in the James River, successfully kept the United States Navy at bay for nearly three years of war. Known as the Gibraltar of the Confederacy, this 90-ft-high precipice was home base to the James River Squadron, the Confederate States Naval Academy ship Patrick Henry, and three companies of Confederate marines. Federal forces never captured Drewry's Bluff. Starting at the Museum, Richmond historian Michael D. Gorman will give a presentation featuring "then and now" photos of the famous Civil War site. Immediately following the presentation, the group will be transported to the fort for a tour of the photo sites, many of which have been located only recently. Cost of this event is $20 for museum members and for $30 non-members. Members bringing a non-member will receive a $5 discount. Registration forms are available in the Calendar of Events section of museum's website, www.moc.org For more information, contact Vickie Yates at (804) 649-1861, ext. 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Prepayment required by May 28. No refunds.
Mayfield Living History Torch Tours at the Manassas Museum The Manassas Museum System 9101 Prince William Street Manassas, Virginia 20110 Contact: Wendy Comeau, Marketing and Media Coordinator Phone: 703-368-1873 Email: email@example.com On Saturday April 16, 2005, The Manassas Museum System invites you to step back into Civil War Manassas and explore the life of a soldier at Mayfield Fort, the last remaining earthwork fort built by General P.G.T. Beauregard's troops in 1861. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about Civil War history! Sentries will give you the password to gain access to the torch lit grounds of the fort and you will be invited to stroll among the soldiers in their encampment, to call upon the commanding officer in his command tent, and to enlist in the Confederate cause. This year's Mayfield Living History Torch Tours will run from 6:00-9:00 PM and will present excellent living history interpretations for both children and adults. Buses depart from the museum every half hour with a special 7:00 PM tour for kids. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Proceeds from this event benefit education programs at The Manassas Museum. Buy tickets online at www.manassasmuseum.org or at Echoes, The Manassas Museum Store located at 9101 Prince William Street in Old Town Manassas.
Subject: Capitol Civil War Round Table I am writing on behalf of the Capitol Civil War Round Table. I want to announce our upcoming program for April 4, '05. We will have Jeremiah Goulka, author of "The Grand Old Man of Maine," speaking on Joshua Chamberlain. I wonder if it would be possible to publicize this event to your members. Further information can be found on our website: www.chcwrt.org Thank you for your consideration. Stefan Patejak
This is a reminder that the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors will take up the Chancellorsville Zoning matter on March 25. For more information go to: Civil War Preservation Trust - Chancellorsville Page Please help save our battle fields by contacting any or all of the board members listed below.The current Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors membership is: Battlefield District: Benjamin Pitts, Chair 207 Southgate Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22408 Home: 540-898-4335 Fax: 540-898-6991 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Berkeley District: Emmitt Marshall 6411 Marye Road Woodford, VA 22580 Home: 540-582-5381 Fax: 540-582-2365 E-mail: email@example.com Chancellor District - Vacant Lee Hill District: Mary Lee Carpenter 4220 Mine Road Fredericksburg, VA 22408 Home: 540-898-0708 Fax: 540-898-6375 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Livingston District: T. C. Waddy 17608 Waddy Lane Orange, VA 22960 Home: 540-854-4043 Fax: 540-854-6086 E-mail: email@example.com Salem District: Gary Jackson, Vice Chair 540-582-7010 540-582-9308 Fax
Town of Chancellorsville Defeated Rezoaning Request At a March 25 meeting, the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected a Northern Virginia developer's request to rezone about 800 acres of land that was part of the Battle of Chancellorsville. Dogwood Development Group had proposed building a number of businesses and almost 2,000 homes as part of a project to be called the Town of Chancellorsville. Following more than seven hours of board discussion and comments from citizens, the supervisors voted 6-0 to deny Dogwood's request. The decision against rezoning is viewed as a substantial victory for several preservation groups that strongly objected to the development.
This item was missed for the 3/2003 News Letter: Longwood University Seminar Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Longwood University will sponsor their Fourth Annual Civil War Seminar on Saturday, March 29, 2003. The theme of this year's seminar is "The Civil War at Sea." Speakers include Dr. Robert Zaworski (diver on USS Monitor), John V. Quarstein (The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender), Dr. Spencer C. Tucker (Andrew Foote and the War on Western Waters), and Dr. Robert M. Browning (Combined Operations Against Charleston During the Civil War). The seminar will be held in Hull Building Room 132 on the Longwood Campus in Farmville, Virginia. Sessions will begin at 9:30 and end at 4:00. Admission is FREE. Contact Dr. David Coles at 434-395-2220 for additional information.
Subject: Fw: Book: "Mosby's Fighting Parson" From: "Peter A. Brown" Hello: My name is Peter A. Brown; I am Vice-President of Rockbridge CWRT in Lexington, Va. My book: "Mosby's Fighting Parson: The life and times of Sam Chapman" has been recently released by the publisher, Willow Bend Books, Westminister, Md. It is a biography of Samuel Forrer Chapman, a Baptist minister who was the first adjutant of the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Mosby's Rangers) and later commander of Co. E in the 43rd. He was probably Mosby's cloest confidant, especially in the years following the war, and hundreds of letters were exchanged between the two men until Mosby's death in 1916. Using never before published material, including family letters and personal correspondence, new information on Mosby and the interworkings of his command, was obtained. The result is a book "highly recommended" by Virgil Carrington 'Pat" Jones, author of "Ranger Mosby" and "Gray Ghosts and Rebel Raiders" who read the manuscript before his death in 1999; also, William C. "Jack" Davis reviewed the manuscript and his favorable remarks are included along with Jones' on the dj. Sam Chapman was the brother of Lt.-Col. William H. Chapman, Mosby's second-in- command, and new information on the detachment of Rangers which the Chapmans took to the Northern Neck of Virginia in January 1865 is revealed, especially thru war-time letters and of Wm. Chapman. Also, Sam Chapman's personal account of the fight at Front Royal in September 1864, in which six Rangers were captured and executed by Union cavalry, was found in his personal papers, held by a descendant in North Carolina, and is published for the first time. The book is now available in the Richmond area at the Library of Virginia. Cost is $29.95. It is 423 pp, hardbound. with dj, photos, maps, index. (Personally inscribed and autographed copies are available from the author; there is an added charge however for s&h.) Flyers are available from the publisher (1-800-876-6103)or the author. Any questions can be directed to the author at e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning (540) 463-5077, in Lexington, Va. Thank you, Pete Brown