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 25th of May. 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.
ELECTION OF NEW BOARD OFFICERS
The Nominating Committee will report at the May meeting on the new slate of officers for the Program Year 2015 -2016. Elections will be held subsequently.
CIVIL WAR PRINTS SILENT AUCTION
FOLLOWING MAY'S MEETING
We have five 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.
Newsletter # 9
May 27, 2015
Burying Our Confederate Dead
...but Not The Past
Guest Speaker: S. Waite Rawls, III
Co-CEO American Civil War Museum
After the Civil War ended, elite Virginia women started 'memorial associations' to find, disinter, and rebury the Confederate dead. In Virginia alone, 72,000 soldiers, including the ones buried at Sharpsburg and Gettysburg, were reburied. These ladies weren't content to stop there, as they started Memorial Day, erected tombstones and monuments, started the LMA, the UDC, and the Museum of the Confederacy. This is their remarkable story, a story that has resonance here locally for one of the very first Ladies Memorial Associations was started by a group of Fredericksburg women who purchased land for a Confederate cemetery in 1867. Still active today, the LMA maintains the cemetery.
Our annual Civil War Round Table service project under Past President Fred Howe, Jr. has helped replace many broken or illegible Confederate grave markers in that cemetery with new ones funded by the government. However, after receiving one replacement in 2011 and three more in 2012, governmental support for the project was then halted by a reinterpretation of federal law. Despite the lack of federal support, Fred has managed (some-Howe) to purchase and install new markers each year. This month, along with Round Table volunteers, he installed six new grave markers in preparation for Memorial Day. Congratulations to Fred and all our volunteers for their wonderful efforts.
Our guest speaker this month is S. Waite Rawls, III. He became the Co-Chief Executive Officer of the American Civil War Museum in 2013 when the Museum of the Confederacy, where he had been President since 2004, combined with the American Civil War Center at Tredegar, the White House of the Confederacy and the Appomattox Museum. Formerly, he spent thirty years as an investment banker in New York and Chicago, including being the Vice Chairman of Continental Bank. Additionally, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor at the Darden School (University of Virginia). A native of Franklin, Virginia, he joined their local Civil War Roundtable at age 9. He has a BA from the Virginia Military Institute and his MBA and JD from the University of Virginia.
Pat Quinn, President 2014 - 2015