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Bob Jones, Maddie Shiflett, Ed Bearss, Austin Sundstrum, Roger Leturno

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2018 Honorary Albert Z. Conner NMPS Intern

At our May 23, 2018 Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg meeting, John Hennessy, Chief Historian...
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President Notes

I know, you’re saying to yourself “This page looks different”. Next, your going to ask yourself “What is Hardtack?” Answer. Hardtack is basically a dried biscuit that fits the profile of a good survival food. If kept dry, hardtack can last up to 150 years.

It’s also my interim name for our newsletter. Notice, I said “our” newsletter. If I wanted this be the president’s newsletter I’d just send an email. A newsletter should be about the club, not the president. So, I’m changing the format and content. This is going to be a work in progress until we’re satisfied with the product. So, I look forward to your ideas and feedback. But, I digress. Hardtack is the best title I could come up with under short notice. I thought the similarity fitting. The CWRTF and hardtack are tethered to the Civil War era and we’re enduring!

As you know, we will not have a meeting in July or August. I will miss your camaraderie and the sharing of Civil War history. Thankfully, September is only two months away.

For those of you that joined us in June, I hope you will agree, Dave Bastian’s presentation on the Vicksburg (Grant’s) Canal was interesting and informative.

Past President John Harris presented checks in the amount of $1000 to each of this year’s Heritage Award winners. Bob Epp accepted the check on behalf of the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield, Beth Daly for the Ladies Memorial Association, and Paul Scott for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. Congratulations to each organization and a big thank you for all they do.

HFFI donates to the CWRTF Ron Shibley’s Fredericksburg book which we present to our guest speakers. Last month Bill Huber brought a CWRTF coaster set prototype for club consideration. If approved by the Executive Committee, we will use these as an alternate speaker gift and make them available for purchase by our members. I’ll have more on this later.

Special thanks to Cindy Marshall and Janet Sullivan for preparing the beautiful flower arrangements for our tables. They were a nice touch to our final meeting of the year.

Looking ahead to September’s meeting, Kevin Pawlak will give his presentation on the Confederate defense of the Sunken Road at Antietam. He will approach the topic from the perspectives of terrain, tactics, the commanders and their personalities. I’m looking forward to hearing his assessment whether the sunken road was a good defensive position, why the Confederate position fell, and what the Confederates did to seal the hole in their lines.

I had the pleasure of hearing Ed Bearss speak at the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table on July 8th. Several of our members were there, to include this year’s Albert Z. Conner NMPS Intern, Austin Sundstrum.


We lost a long time member of our round table last month. Lotar Kirsten passed away after a long brave battle with cancer. He died at home in peace surrounded by his children on Father’s Day. Our prayers are with his family.

We also welcomed three new members to our club. I hope you have the opportunity to meet and greet them.

Stephen Eckel - Steve lives in King George, works for the Navy and enjoys woodworking.

Seth Craig - Seth lives in Fredericksburg, He is a retired physician, enjoys photography and natural history.

Carol Walker - Carol is a retired professor. She grew up in Fredericksburg and recently returned to live. Carol is interested in all facets of the Civil War and eager to learn more.

Continuing your club membership is an investment in people and organizations passionate about protecting our past history for future generations to enjoy. I sent an email with invoices attached to everyone a couple of weeks ago and just followed it with a mailed letter. The Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg's hosting speakers, sponsoring National Park Service Interns, and donation of funds to organizations for the preservation of our nation's history is made possible through club membership. If you have not already done so, please return the invoice with payment or bring to the September 25th meeting.


I'm still looking for volunteers. Several committee (Executive, Program, Membership, and Heritage) positions need to be filled.

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee arranges all meetings of the organization; approves all financial transactions; acts on all proposals for membership in the organization; and performs all other acts necessary for the preservation, prestige, and well-being of the organization. Committee members serve for a term of one year or until their successors have been duly appointed.

Special committees can be appointed by the president with the approval of the Executive Committee.

The club currently has several such committees: Program Committee: Responsible for our program year speakers.

Membership Committee: Responsible for planning community outreach / advertising activities which provide awareness and increase club membership. This committee will also be asked to develop a new club brochure.

Heritage Committee: Identifies individuals / organizations, in our community, whose efforts have contributed to the preservation of Civil War history. Recommends selected candidates and monetary award amounts to Executive Committee for approval.

There are also several other opportunities to volunteer. I'm looking for a club historian. I've been taking pictures, posting events and historical information to Facebook and the website. With a new set of responsibilities, I won't be able to do it all.

You can expect to hear more from me later. I hope you will take the time to read through this newsletter and provide feedback and recommendations. Have a great summer!

Your Obedient Servant,

Roger L. Leturno
Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg

From the Secretary

Being the first woman officer of the CWRTF is an honor. I enjoy meeting everyone who attends the dinner programs. As a reminder, I make the name tags. You can have the name of your Civil War ancestor(s) on your name tag. I have my great grandfather, Pvt. Joseph Weis, 107th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company B, on mine. If you need a new name tag or would like to have one with your ancestor’s name, send me the information at I will have it ready for you when you check in at the first meeting on September 25th.

Program Committee Chair

The Program Committee is proud to offer some really fine speakers for the 2019.-2020 Program Year. Beginning on September 25, 2019, we have Kevin Pawlak speaking on the Defense of the Stone Wall as mentioned above. I have heard Kevin several times and he is a dynamic speaker. Among other things, Kevin is the Director of Education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association and works as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam National Battlefield. You will enjoy his program. We have other quality programs scheduled to include for October and November Recollections of Thomas Colley a Confederate soldier, and ”Becoming Lincoln" focusing on Lincoln as he developed from a youth by William Freehling, PHD retired UVA Professor. Your Program Committee has worked very diligently in reviewing many potential speakers, their treatises, books and biographies. Only a few are chosen from the many who are reviewed.

Reservations for Dinner Meetings

You can make your reservations for our September 25th, 2019 meeting through this website, calling (540) 361-2105, or emailing Please make your reservations by Friday, September 20, 2019. 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. If you, subsequently, find that you cannot attend, please be sure to cancel your reservation in a timely manner so that the club does not have to assume the cost of that meal.

Upcoming Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg Meetings

Program Year 2019-2020

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 Bob Jones at (Preferred) or call (540) 399-1702.

2019 Program Schedule

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