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CVBT Executive Director Terry Rensel and CWRTF guest speaker Kevin Pawlak

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President Notes

It was a pleasure for me to preside over September’s meeting. It was a great start to this program year. 91members and their guests joined together for dinner, conversation and to hear our guest speaker, Kevin Pawlak, talk about the Confederate defense of the Sunken Road at the Battle of Antietam. I think everyone will agree that Kevin’s presentation was both interesting and informative.

Attendance included 19 guests. That’s a pretty significant number. It’s an indication we must be doing things right. Another indicator is the number of guests which become members. So, please continue to invite your friends and talk with them about membership.

Among our guests was Terry Rensel. Terry moved to Fredericksburg, VA from Alaska to accept his current position as Executive Director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. The CVBT is a leader in saving our state's sacred ground. We looked forward to continuing our friendship and support to the CVBT.

Also with us were Herb and Susan Brown. Herb is a past club president and the two now live in Charleston, SC.

CWRTF and RVCWRT have partnered by co-sponsoring a fall intern for the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Alex Laifer attended September’s meeting and thanked us for our support.

The Executive Committee voted to purchase coasters as a gift for our guest speakers. The coasters come as a set of four. They will be available for purchase by our members. Due to limited production, we will only have 20 sets before Christmas. Send me an email if you would like to reserve a set. I will put you on my list in the order I receive requests. Coasters will sell for $25.00 a set. Well worth the price.

I hope you can join me this month as we welcome guest speaker Michael Shaffer. Michael's presentation is titled after his book "In Memory of Self and Comrades: Thomas W. Colley's Recollections." Thomas W. Colley served in one of the most active and famous units in the Civil War, the 1st Virginia Cavalry, which fought in battles from First Manassas / Bull Run to the defense of Petersburg. In May 1861, along with the other members of the Washington Mounted Rifles, Colley left his home in Washington, Virginia and reported to camp in Richmond. During the war, he received wounds on three different occasions: first at Waterloo Bridge in 1862, again at Kelly’s Ford in 1863, and finally at Haw’s Shop in 1864. The wound received at Haw’s Shop resulted in the amputation of his left foot, thereby ending his wartime service.

Michael K. Shaffer is a Civil War Historian, instructor, lecturer, newspaper columnist, and author. He is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, Georgia Association of Historians, and Georgia Writers Association. Shaffer teaches Civil War Courses at Kennesaw State University’s College of Professional Education and at Emory University. He frequently lectures to various groups across the country.

Michael will have his book available for sale at the meeting for $40.00 each. He can accepts cash, checks or credit card.

Please make your reservations for our October 23rd meeting by Friday, October 18, 2019, by signing into our website at, 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.

Last month we had seven people make reservations for our dinner meeting, but failed to appear. Fortunately, we also had several members’ show who did not make reservations. Not knowing whether everyone with reservations would show, we had to turn one away for a lack of seating. Our net loss was three. The club bears the meal cost on each of these occurrences. I can’t over- emphasize the need to make dinner reservations by the Friday before our monthly meeting. If you have made a reservation and realize you will not be able to attend, prior to the dinner, please call or email Beth Daly immediately so the club does not have to assume the cost of that meal.


As of this writing, our membership has reached 103. There are still 42 that have not paid dues for this program year. Please do so at your earliest convience.

Join me in welcoming our newest club members.

John and Carol Kirlin- John is retired social scientist. The Kirlin’s moved to Fredericksburg, VA after having living 35 years in Boston, MA. They attended our March 2019 meeting. We look forward to seeing them.

Brian Withrow- Brian is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and is currently a DoD Contractor. He is also a historical reenactor and impressionist. As our September 2018 guest speaker, Brian portrayed General Ulysses Grant.


Yes! We need help. If you would like to help with membership, advertising, photography, website, Facebook or Heritage Award selections, please feel free to contact me anytime. I can be reached by phone at 719-650-8135 or email at See you in October!

Your Obedient Servant,

Roger L. Leturno


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.

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