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Upcoming meeting of the Raleigh CWRT:

February 11, 2019 Event Features Dr. Susanna Michele Lee on Motivations of the Civil War Soldier.

Our upcoming meeting will be on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh and will feature Dr. Susanna Michele Lee speaking on Motivations of the Civil War Soldier.   This will be preceded at 6:30 pm by a social "half-hour".

NOTE:   Because of previously scheduled maintenance, the meeting will not be held in Daniels Auditorium.   Instead, it will be held in the Longleaf Room in the SECU Education Center on the R level (two floors below the main level of the Museum where we normally meet).   The Longleaf Room is adjacent to Pharaoh's Restaurant and can be accessed by entering the Museum from Jones Street across from the Legislative Building.   This is the North entrance as indicated on the map above.

Dr. Susanna Michele Lee is an associate professor in the History Department at North Carolina State University.   She teaches classes on the history of Civil War and Reconstruction as well as on the American South and nineteenth-century United States.   She has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and Duke University.

Her publications include the following:

  • Claiming the Union:   Loyal Citizenship in the Post-Civil War South.   New York:   Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Citizens and Traitors:   Determining Loyalty in the Post-Civil War South.   In Citizenship and Identity in the 19th-Century South, edited by William A. Link and David Brown.   Gainesville:   University Press of Florida, 2013.
  • Reconciliation in Reconstruction Virginia.   In Crucible of the Civil War, edited by Edward L. Ayers and Andrew Torget.   Charlottesville:   University Press of Virginia, 2006.
  • Contested Unionism:   William Pattie and the Southern Claims Commission.   In Virginia's Civil War, edited by Peter Wallenstein and Bertram Wyatt-Brown.   Charlottesville:   University Press of Virginia, 2005.

Dr. Lee is currently working on two book manuscripts:   one on the U.S.-Dakota War and one on civilians in central Virginia during the Civil War.

Susanna also works in digital humanities, teaches a digital history class, and served as a project manager of the Valley of the Shadow:   Two Communities in the American Civil War at the Virginia Center for Digital History.   She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in U.S. History from the University of Virginia.

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Dr. Chris Fonvielle named 2019 Gatton Award Recipient

At our January meeting, Dr. Chris Fonvielle received the 2019 T. Harry Gatton Award.   Chris, who spoke at our September 2018 meeting on Confederate General Braxton Bragg, was selected by the Raleigh CWRT Board in recognition of his accomplishments related to the preservation of American Civil War history, research, and teaching, especially as it relates to North Carolina, the Lower Cape Fear, and Southern history.

The T. Harry Gatton Award was made possible through a generous endowment by Mary Gatton in the memory of her late husband as a way to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the understanding of and appreciation for the American Civil War.   Previous awardees are:   Ed Bearss (2008), Nora Brooks (2009), Charles Hawks (2010), Mark Bradley (2011), Leslie Rivers (2012), David Waller (2013), Tom Kearney (2014), Philip Gerard (2015), Ernest Dollar (2016), Wade Sokolosky (2017, and Randy Sauls (2018).

For details on Chris and his Gatton Award, please see the entry on our Gatton Award Recipients webpage by clicking here.

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Ed Bearss Spoke on "The Siege of Vicksburg" at the January Meeting

As has been the custom every January (weather permitting) since he received the first T. Harry Gatton award in 2008, Ed Bearss, the venerable Chief Historian of the National Park Service emeritus, addressed the Raleigh CWRT.   This year's talk was on "The Siege of Vicksburg".   Here he is shown with Ted Kunstling, Raleigh CWRT President (l.) and Gene Adcock, North Carolina (Burlington) CWRT President (r.).

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An Opinion by Dr. Chris Fonvielle on the "Silent Sam" Controversy

In the wake of the mid-2018 toppling of the "Silent Sam" statue at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Jr., History Professor emeritus, UNC, Wilmington, has written an opinion in StarNews Online that can be accessed by clicking on the following link:   Historic Context Vital for Confederate Monuments.

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Member-Produced Civil War Documentary Film Available

Andrew Ballard, editor emeritus of The Knapsack, has produced a documentary film on behalf of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table covering the end of the Civil War in North Carolina.   It is available for donations to the RCWRT and the proceeds are being used for educational and preservation activities related to North Carolina and the Civil War.   Our current preservation project involves a NC State flag belonging to the 30th NC Regiment which we have "adopted".   So far, we have raised $6,830 toward our goal of $8,000 to cover the cost of preservation.   All donations earmarked for this project are appreciated.

The film features historians and authors speaking on the major events of 1865 including:
  • Ed Bearss (Overview/Monroe's Crossroads)
  • Chris Fonvielle (Fort Fisher/Fort Anderson/Wilmington)
  • David Waller (Wyse Fork)
  • Andrew Duppstadt (CSS Neuse)
  • Wade Sokolosky (Averasboro)
  • Mark Bradley (Bentonville)
  • Chris Hartley (Stoneman's Raid)
  • Ernest Dollar (Raleigh/Morrisville)
  • Bob Farrell (Logan)
  • John Guss (Bennett Place)

The experts were all filmed at the applicable historical sites and re-enactment footage from the sesquicentennial events at Fort Fisher, Fort Anderson, and Bentonville is included.

Music by the Liberty Hall Drum & Fife Corps and the 26th North Carolina Field Music/Carolina Fifes and Drums, artwork by Stephen McCall, Martin Pate, and Darrell Combs, and maps by Mark A. Moore and Hal Jesperson are also in the documentary.
DVD's will be available at our monthly meetings for donations of $10 or more.   Checks should be made out to the Raleigh CWRT.

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