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President Notes

Greetings from your president.  That is, your Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg president.  I hope this edition of Hardtack finds you well.  The season’s rain and drastic changing temperatures are prime ingredients for catching a cold.  Not something any of us needs while this pandemic continues and flu season beginning.  So, please take care of yourselves.

The club’s first virtual meeting had a modest turn out.  34 members and guests “Zoomed” in on October 28th to hear Dr. Matthew Hulbert’s fascinating presentation on the Lawrence Massacre.  Matthew gave a very informative account of the people and events before, during, and after the massacre.  I wish more of you could have signed in.

This month’s meeting will also be held virtually with Zoom.  Please join me November 18th at 6 p.m. as we welcome David Dixon and listen to his presentation on “The Lost Gettysburg Address.”  Few remember Edward Everett's oration that preceded Lincoln's masterpiece, but hardly anyone is aware of Louisville, Kentucky, native Charles Anderson's speech which concluded the day's events. Dixon argues that the three featured speeches need to be viewed as a rhetorical ensemble to better understand Lincoln’s address and the political context of the Gettysburg dedication.  The back story is the saga of Anderson himself, a slaveholder who sacrificed nearly everything to help Lincoln save the Union.

David Dixon earned his M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts in 2003. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and magazines. Most focus on Union sympathizers in the Civil War South.  He hosts B-List History, a website that features obscure characters and their compelling stories. You can go there to download free PDF versions of his published articles.  David’s latest book is the biography of German revolutionary and Union General August Willich, published by the University of Tennessee Press in September 2020. It highlights the contributions of 200,000 German-born immigrants to the Union effort in the Civil War. Transatlantic radicals like Willich viewed the war as part of a much larger, global revolution for social justice and republican government.

David has generously offered his honorarium to raffle four of his books, The Lost Gettysburg Address, to participants of the November meeting.  Another great reason to sign up!

There are no fees for this meeting, but registration is required. You can register through our CWRTF website or email me at

Confirmed registrants will receive a Zoom meeting invite.  Please send me a reply acknowledging receipt.  I want to be sure you have the link to join in. Zoom is an easy to program to use.  If you need assistance gaining access, call me directly at 719-650-8135. 

This presentation can also be viewed live on Facebook and will be recorded for later posting. 

UMW Jepson Alumni Executive Center

I was informed this week that the UMW Registrar’s office will continue using the Jepson Alumni Executive Center ballroom for classrooms next semester.  It will now be May before we can return to normal operations.  I am meeting with the Executive Committee this Wednesday to discuss options until we can return home.  I will keep you apprised as we work through these challenges and inform you of our decisions. 

Membership Invoices

Membership dues should be sent using the attached invoice.  Send your completed invoice with payment to: Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg, P.O. Box 491, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. 

Civil War Roundtable of Fredericksburg membership dues:
General Membership: $45.00
Family Membership: $80.00
Joint Membership with another round table: $35.00/$70.00

                                                For the Good of the Club

For 50 years, the Candlelight Tour has been a Fredericksburg tradition, and HFFI is pleased to be able to offer this year's tour in a manner keeping with our need for safe, outdoor activities.  Instead of touring the inside of a handful of professionally decorated homes, guests on this year's tour will download a special Candlelight Tour app with a map of properties that have been decorated (on the exterior) for the holidays.  Each tour stop will provide a property history and select sites will include audio stories and additional images.  

All you have to do is;
1)    Go to the website and purchase a downloadable 2020 Candlelight Tour ticket. 
2)    Download the HFFI Tours app for free from the app store on your mobile device.
3)    Enter your email and code listed on your event ticket to access the tour content.
4)    Enjoy the tour any time in the month of December!

Tickets are good for one device, so can comfortably accommodate a small group of up to four.  Additional tickets can be purchased for additional devices.  Candlelight Tour ticket prices range from $20 (nonmember) to $17 (member).  Tickets go on sale in early November -- keep an eye on Facebook or our website for further details.

While this year's tour will be different from years past, HFFI is excited to be able to offer over 130 properties on their walking tour app in a way that is safe, family-friendly, and enjoyable -- for an entire month (December 1-31, 2020). 

Virginia History & Culture: Fall/Winter 2020 Issue - Digital Edition

I thought you may be interested in the Fall/Winter 2020 Issue of Virginia History and Culture.  Articles include one on D.P. Newton’s Civil War collection.  Enjoy.


Bob Lookabill’s wife, Judy, passed away last month.  Bob and Judy were married 53 years when she passed away on October 14th.   Please put the Lookabill family in your prayers as they mourn the loss of their loved one.

Our current membership stands at 54.  More than half of last year’s members, including some of our long-term patrons, have yet to renew.  This pandemic will not last forever.  But the Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg will endure.  This is your club.  It needs your support!


I found a company offering quality clothing that also embroiders organization logos.  I purchased several items and was pleased with the products.  Please let me know if you would be interested in obtaining items for yourself or as a gift.  I’ll provide you a catalog of options.

Wanted. Volunteers to help with newsletter, 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 or

Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg Website and Facebook: I value your comments and suggestions to our website and our Facebook page.  You can help us advertise the club by “liking” the page.  Feel free to make a post if you have something to share.     

Have something you would like to share with our members?  Send me the information and I will include it in the next issue of Hardtack.

I hope you will make the time on November 18th to hear David Dixon’s presentation.


                Your Obedient Servant,  

       Roger L. Leturno                     
       Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg

Upcoming Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg Meetings

Program Year 2020-2021

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.

2021 Program Schedule

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