Founded in 1957, our Round Table is one of the oldest in the nation. We couldn't ask for a better location: four major battles of the Civil War were fought within 20 miles of Fredericksburg. Our group of about 100 members meets once each month for a catered dinner followed by the presentation of a Civil War topic by a guest speaker - frequently a nationally-known author.
We meet the fourth Wednesday of every month (except December, July and August) at the Washington Jepson Alumni Executive Center at 1119 Hanover Street in Fredericksburg.
The bar opens at 5:45pm. Social begins at 6pm. Dinner is at 6:45pm. The program starts around 7:30pm. usually conclude by 9pm.
Reservations are required. Please call (540) 361-2105 and leave a message regarding how many seats you require. Place your reservation request NLT Noon, Monday, the 15th of June. If later you find you cannot attend, please call in your cancellation.
Men are expected to wear a coat and tie, with equivalent attire for ladies.
The dinner cost is $32.00 for members, $37.00 for others, by cash or check at the door.
CONGRATULATIONS NEW BOARD OFFICERS
On May 27, 2015, by unanimous vote of the members present the following members were elected to their new offices for the 2015-2016-program year. President – Paul Scott
Vice President – John Harris
Secretary – Elizabeth Daly
Treasurer – John Pavlansky, Jr
CIVIL WAR PRINTS SILENT AUCTION
FOLLOWING JUNE'S MEETING
We have three remaining beautiful civil war prints that have been donated to the Fredericksburg CWRT for auction, See the President's Corner Menu (above) for photos, descriptions and estimated values and minimum bids. Remember it's for the Round Table so bring your wallets and checkbooks.
Once again, I want to bring to the membership’s attention the fact that each and every one of us needs to be aggressive in bringing in new members. To help incentivize this membership drive, there will be no dues for the rest of this program year for new members.
Civil War Books & DVD Donations
We have, over the past, raffled off CW books and DVDs etc. as a source of income for the Round Table. If you have anything that you can donate, please bring the item(s) to our next meeting and help us out.
Jun 17, 2015
The Civil War in Memory
Guest Speaker: Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr
Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Renowned Historian and Scholar
Last week while at the Civil War Trust Annual Conference in Richmond, I had the very great pleasure to meet this month’s featured speaker, Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr. for the first time. After listening to his presentation, I was totally taken by his approach to history. He characterized himself as a social historian as he believes that somewhere along the line, Civil War historians have lost the human dimension and failed to focus on that often-overlooked aspect of the War.
Dr. Robertson served as Executive Director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission in the 1960s and worked with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in commemorating the war's 100th anniversary. He then taught 44 years at Virginia Tech, where his upper division course on the Civil War era attracted 300 or more students per semester and made it the largest class of its kind in the nation. At his retirement in 2011, the University named him Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History. He is a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and is actively engaged in the state's numerous observances
A Danville, VA, native, Bud is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including biographies of Gens. Robert E. Lee and A. P. Hill, several works on the common soldiers, and three studies written for young readers. His massive biography of Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the basis for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, "Gods and Generals." Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film.The recipient of every major award given in Civil War history, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker than anyone else in the Civil War field. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University.
Bud is the author/father of the Old Dominion's newly adopted traditional state song, "Our Great Virginia." which the governor signed into law last month. For all of you sports fans, Bud also served as an Atlantic Coast Conference referee for 16 years. His forthcoming book is to be published in September/October 2015 by National Geographic Society. His presentation is based on stories from his new book. I cannot overstate how fortunate we are to have him speak to us. A true legend, he has achieved “rock star” status as an historian and Civil War scholar. Let’s have a great turn out.
Finally, I’d like to personally thank my Executive Officers: Paul Scott, Bill Huber, Mike Fry and Beth Daly for all their support and effort over the past twelve months. The Roundtable is more secure, stable and enlightened because of them. Have a great summer and I’ll see you all in September.
Pat Quinn, President 2014 - 2015