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"The same rain falls on both friend and foe."

Upcoming meeting of the Raleigh CWRT:

The Raleigh Civil War Round Table’s September 10, 2018 meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Ph.D.   His topic will be Unlucky in War:   Confederate General Braxton Bragg.

Dr. Fonvielle is the author of articles and books on the Civil War and North Carolina history, including the following:

  • The Wilmington Campaign:   Last Rays of Departing Hope
  • Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear:   An Illustrated History
  • Louis Froelich:   Arms-Maker to the Confederacy
  • Fort Fisher 1865:   The Photographs of T.H. O'Sullivan
  • Faces of Fort Fisher, 1861-1864
  • To Forge a Thunderbolt:   Fort Anderson and the Battle for Wilmington

Additional details as they become available.

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The following nominated slate of Officers and Directors of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table were elected by acclamation at the Aug. 13 meeting:

  • President:   Ted Kunstling*
  • Vice President:   Adam Medlin
  • Secretary-Treasurer:   Griff Bartlett*
  • Director:   Jack Milani* (Trip Coordinator)
  • Director:   Pattie Smith* (Program Chair)
  • Director:   Bob Graesser (Knapsack Editor and Webmaster)
  • Director:   John Wood
  • Director:   Frank Gordon
  • Director:   Beverly Thomas
  • *Incumbent

Dr. Ted Kunstling, President of the Raleigh CWRT, led the Round Table members in a round of applause as he paid tribute to and expressed appreciation for the loyal and productive service of the following outgoing board members:   George Mills, John Kucik, Frank Ragsdale, and Steve Savia.

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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 will be available for donations to the RCWRT and the proceeds will be used for educational and preservation activities related to North Carolina and the Civil War.

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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