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From the Presidents Desk

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms!  This weekend’s weather may dampen outside activities, but we can still honor and thank you.

Hardtack returns after a one-month break.  I put it aside while Julie and I took a Viking River cruise on the Rhine.  Our trip turned out to be an odyssey.  I warned you I would tell this story if I didn’t get any submissions from our members.  We left home March 24th for what should have been a 10-day spring vacation.  We flew into Switzerland a couple of days early to explore Basil and Luzerne before boarding our boat on the 28th.  Over the next seven days we made stops along the river to the cities of Breisach, Strasburg, Speyer, Rudesheim, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinderdijk, and Amsterdam. The weather turned colder as we headed north, but we were having a great time.  Then it happened.  The last full day of the cruise, I tested positive for COVID.  We were restricted to our cabin until the next morning when we arrived in Amsterdam.  From the port we were moved to the Hotel Okura.  In this nice 5 star hotel on the 8th floor overlooking the city, we spent the next 12 days quarantined in our room.  Julie tested positive on the second day.  We couldn’t leave our room until we either tested negative or 10 days positive.  After 10 days we were no longer considered contagious and received a “get out of jail free card” from the doctor.  With letters in hand, we promptly flew home.  So, after three and a half weeks, we returned home to our puppies.  I think it will be awhile before we take another Viking river cruise.

On behalf of the CWRTF, I want to thank Jane Conner for her research on Ellen Harris and her presentation at April’s meeting.  Before then, I knew absolutely nothing about Ellen.  Jane, the historian and teacher, gave an excellent presentation on America’s Florence Nightingale. 

Mark your calendar for May 18, 2022.  Due to scheduling conflicts with the UMW, our May and June meetings are the third week of the month.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m., catered buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m., and presentation at 7:30 p.m.  Our guest speaker, Bob O’Connor, will present the “Trial of Jefferson Davis.”  Jefferson Davis was arrested and incarcerated but never went to trial. What if he had?  Bob O'Connor brings in witnesses and allows them to explain what they were on record for suggesting during their lifetime.  In this case, the Founding Fathers give their opinions on the legality or the illegality of secession, a topic the federal government at the end of the war might certainly have had to argue if such a trial had taken place. Bob O’Connor’s presentation can be seen Live on Facebook.

Dinner reservations are required.  Please make your reservations by 1 P.M. on Monday, May 16, 2022, by signing up on our website, calling (540) 361-2105, or emailing  Late reservations can present difficulties in food preparation.  Our caterer prepares our meals based on our expected attendance and we do not want to be short of food or place settings.  If you make a reservation and realize you will not be able to attend, please call or email Beth Daly immediately. The meal cost will be billed to you if you cancel within 24 hours of the meeting.  If you arrive without a reservation, we will ask you to wait until others with confirmed reservations are seated.  The cost per person is $32.00 whether you eat or are there for the presentation only.

Program Change

Please note the 2021-2022 Program Schedule below.  We’ve added an encore event.  Geoff White returns July 27th to entertain us with his Civil War music.  We will once again gather on the upper terrace of Chatham Manor.  Program begins at 6:30 P.M.  Bring chairs and your singing voice.


Please join me in welcoming to the Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg our newest members:  Anne S. Lee, Beverly Lee Karras, Brian Dyer, and Michael Shepherd.  All four joined at March’s meeting.  Their memberships bring our total to 134.

Heritage and Albert Z. Conner Awards

The Heritage Committee reviewed applications for this year’s award and submitted their recommendations to the Board of Directors.  Winners will be announced at our June meeting.  Also in June, we will meet Helen Dhue.  Helen is this year’s recipient of the Albert Z. Conner Military Park Service Intern Award. Show your support and congratulations for Helen by coming to June’s meeting. 

For the Good of the Club

Ladies Memorial Association

The Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery, owned and maintained by the Ladies’ Memorial Association (LMA) of Fredericksburg, was dedicated in May of 1870 to the 3,353 Confederates who were killed on four area battlefields and reinterred here.

The LMA is facing the biggest challenge of a 12-year project to properly identify the soldiers in Confederate Cemetery.  What started in 2011 with the placement of a single stone (original headstone remains with new stone placed in front) has now grown significantly.  Twenty-nine stones were placed in 2020, 58 in 2021, and 63 in 2022. The LMA now has a unique opportunity to purchase and place an additional 100 stone markers this year if they’re ordered by August 1, 2022. This windfall is made possible through the generous offer of an anonymous donor who will match every stone purchased, up to 50. This is a wonderful Buy One Get One offer from an Angel.  The price per stone is $285 as a result of increased freight costs. This is still a bargain that can’t be matched elsewhere.

The LMA needs our support.  Any contribution, large or small, goes towards the achievement of their goal.  Your check can be made to the Ladies’ Memorial Association and mailed to: Annhall Kendall, 554 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.  The LMA is a 501(c)(3) so your contribution is tax deductible.        

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

This year Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is honoring the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg with their annual conference: 1862 - The War Comes to Fredericksburg. This year's conference will take place September 30 - October 2, 2022, and will feature a special screening of Fire on the Rappahannock as well as tours of the Upper and Middle Crossings, and Prospect Hill. There will be a special Battle of Fredericksburg Historian panel on Sunday. The Saturday banquet will be at historic Belmont in Falmouth. Tickets are on sale now.

Emerging Civil War

This year’s Emerging Civil War Symposium is again at Stevenson Ridge. Dates are August 5-7, 2022.

Theme: Great “What Ifs?” of the Civil War

Symposium Tickets – $225.00

See you on the 18th!


Your Obedient Servant,  

Roger L. Leturno                                                                   


Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg

Upcoming Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg Meetings

Program Year 2021-2022.

The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table

The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table meets on the second Monday of each month at Brock's Riverside Grill, Sophia Street at Lafayette Blvd. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner begins at 6:45 p.m., and the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Reservations should be made by emailing

2021 Program Schedule

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