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Upcoming Road Trip for Raleigh CWRT Members:

Please join members of the Raleigh CWRT for a road trip to Richmond, VA on October 4-5, 2019.   We shall visit several of the nation's foremost Civil War museums and tour beautifully preserved sites of some of the most significant battles of the Civil War in Virginia.

Preliminary trip agenda:

Friday, October 4, 2019

Time Activity
0800 Depart Raleigh
1130 Arrive Richmond / lunch
1300 Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works
1600 Hollywood Cemetery
1730 Chimborazo Medical Museum
1900 Dinner

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Time Activity
0700 Breakfast at hotel
0900 Depart for Cold Harbor Visitor Center                                                                     
1030 Gaines’ Mill
1200 Lunch
1300 Glendale/Malvern Hill Visitor Center
1430 Fort Harrison Visitor Center
1600 Drewry’s Bluff (Fort Darling)
1700 Return to Raleigh
1930 Arrive in Raleigh

Transportation:   Carpooling will be organized once participants are identified with a planned departure time of 0800 from Raleigh, arriving in Richmond at about 1130.

After lunch, we shall begin our Friday tour at the Richmond National Battlefield Park Center.

Dinner location in Richmond is to be determined.

Hotel accommodations will be determined.

Saturday will be spent touring area battlefields, and we shall return to Raleigh late Saturday afternoon.

More information about Richmond battlefields can be found at Richmond Battlefields.

If you would like to join us, please contact Jack Milani at 919-848-3670 or 1huntmstr@gmail.com.

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Upcoming meeting of the Raleigh CWRT:

October 14, 2019 Event Features Wade Sokolosky, U.S. Army Col. (ret.), speaking on the topic NC Confederate Hospitals in 1865.

Our upcoming meeting will be on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Daniels Auditorium at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh and will feature Wade Sokolosky speaking on the topic NC Confederate Hospitals in 1865.   This will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a social half-hour.   N.B.:   September's annual membership dues are now past due.

A native of Beaufort, North Carolina, Colonel Wade Sokolosky, U.S. Army (Retired), is a graduate of East Carolina University and a 25-year veteran.   He is one of North Carolina’s leading experts of the 1865 Carolinas Campaign.   Wade has lectured throughout the Carolinas, speaking to roundtables, various societies and organizations, and at historical sites.

He is the co-author (with Mark A. Smith) of the following:"

  • “To Prepare for Sherman’s Coming:   The Battle of Wise’s Forks, March 1865"
  • “No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar:   Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign from Fayetteville to Averasboro"

Wade is the author of the following:

  • “Final Roll Call:   Confederate Losses during the Carolinas Campaign".
  • “Kiss Him for His Mother:   North Carolina’s Confederate Hospitals during the Civil War’s Final Months"

Long-term, Wade is working on a book-length study of the Confederate Army of Tennessee during the Civil War’s final months in the Carolinas.   He is the recipient of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table’s 2017 T. Harry Gatton Award for his important efforts to study, preserve, and share the Civil War heritage of his native North Carolina.   Additionally, Wade serves as the vice president of the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield Association.

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Annual September Membership Dues Now Overdue

REMINDER:   Annual dues are to be remitted by September 15th of each year.

  • Individual Adult/Family dues are $30;   Half-year memberships are available March through May for $20

  • Teacher dues are $10

  • High School and College Student dues are $0

Mail payment to: 

Griff Bartlett, Treasurer, 908 Kinsdale Drive, Raleigh, NC   27615

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Donated Civil War-Related Books on Sale Now to Fund Future Projects

A collection of 456 Civil War-related books from the library of Jim Brenner, our late long-time member and former vice president, was recently generously donated to the Raleigh CWRT by his widow, Nancy Brenner, and is up for sale.   The proceeds will seed a new pool for funding future educational and preservation activities related to North Carolina and the Civil War.

Dr. Ted Kunstling is currently in possession of the collection and has inventoried it.   A complete listing of the books for sale can be accessed from this front page of the Raleigh CWRT’s website via the link Civil War Book Collection, either here or at the bottom of the left-column navigation menu.

Prices are $5 per hardcover book and $2 per paperback book.   Buy three books and get a fourth free regardless of type.   Contact Ted at trkunstling@aol.com or (919) 787-5282 to place your order.

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American Battlefield Trust Call for Donations

The American Battlefield Trust asks for your help in saving 185 acres of irreplaceable Civil War history on parts of three Civil War battlefields:   The Wilderness (36 acres), Cold Harbor (5 acres), and Bentonville (144 acres).   The goal is to raise $161,375.   Donations are matched at a ratio of $10.43-to-$1.    For more information, go to American Battlefield Trust.

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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.

The DVD front and back covers were recently updated as of September 9, 2019.   However, the contents remain the same as in the previous version.

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 are available at our monthly meetings for donations of $10 or more.   Checks should be made out to the Raleigh CWRT.

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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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