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CVBT Executive Director Terry Rensel and CWRTF guest speaker Kevin Pawlak

Harriett Wang and CVBT Assistant Executive Director Sarah Kay Bierle

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At our January 25, 2017, Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg meeting, John Hennessy, Chief...
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President Notes

I sincerely hope everyone is staying safe and remains healthy.  The coronavirus pandemic is top of mind for much of the world, including our Executive Committee.  Our priority is the safety and well-being of our members and their families.  Like you, we have been closely monitoring COVID-19 as it continues to develop and we are making important decisions based on the advice of global and local healthcare authorities. These are truly extraordinary times with uncharted circumstances.  

In compliance with the governor of Virginia’s stay at home policy, the University of Mary Washington extended the cancellation of all campus based or sponsored events at Fredericksburg, Stafford and Dahlgren through June 10th.  For the safety of our members, their families and our guests, I have cancelled our April and May meetings.  Our June 17th meeting is tentative at this time.  I am in communication with the University and will notify you of future changes.

Government restrictions have forced the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park Staff to assess their impact on this year’s internships.  With this latest declaration, the staff proposes to have interns arrive on or about June 10th.  Greg Mertz will likely recommend some interpretation classes that interns can take on-line through the Eppley Institute.  Interns with the greatest amount of travel could also take virtual sessions before leaving their homes for Fredericksburg.  Conducting some of these training activities remotely will shorten the amount of on-site training so the summer program can begin by June 20.  The hope is this does not push the start of the internships to a point that it is too late to salvage an in-park, personal services internship for the summer. 

As a contingency, the park is considering the option of offering interested interns a remote internship.  The park staff is preparing a list of potential projects for this option. Correspondence regarding the possibility of a remote internship will continue.  Other options are also being considered.  That said, the park may very likely have to re-evaluate these decisions as other proclamations are made.  Hopefully, the June 10 date is the latest the park will need to be in a shut-down mode, and perhaps the next government statement will ease restrictions to an earlier date.   

The park is sharing these proposals with internship sponsors as they understand that we have a strong say in whatever the park does this summer.  I have discussed this with the Executive Committee and we will stand behind the park staff in whatever decision they make for their internship program.  We hope this year’s Albert Z. Conner National Military Park Service Intern recipient, Andrew Heaton, still wishes to participate.

Next month the Heritage Award Committee will review nominations for this year’s award recipients.  Please submit nominations (organization or person) and their contributions to me not later than May 15th.  Winners will be announced in June. 

Hardtack structure and content are subject to the whims of the editor.  Yes, that would be me.  This month I’ve exchanged John Hennessy’s article for stories about our civil war ancestors.  Contributors are Beth Daly and myself.  I encourage you to write you own story and share it with the club.  I’ve also include book reviews.  Again, Beth and I are this month’s contributors.

I wish had cheerier news to share.  These are indeed extraordinary times.  Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation.  Stay connected with each other through telephone, Facetime, Skype, email, or any other method of communications.  Check in on someone you haven’t heard from recently.  Remember, we’re in this together.   

On behalf of myself and the Executive Committee, I wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy Easter.                 

                                                For the Good of the Club

The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust has cancelled their annual conference scheduled for April 24- 26, 2020.

The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table has postponed, until further notice, their 2020 bus tour “7 Days in the 1862 Spring Time.” 

The Fredericksburg Memorials Advisory Commission is seeking nominations to the city Wall of Honor for 2020. The Wall of Honor recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the welfare of the city and the betterment of society. Nominees must have been deceased for at least one year prior to the nomination. Nominations may be submitted by any person, except immediate family members.  You can find the Wall of Honor Application on the city website:  If you have questions, email Tonya Lacey, Clerk of the City Council, at .  Deadline for submission is June 1.

The Society of Women and the Civil War will hold its 21st annual conference July 24 - 25, 2020 at the Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.  This year’s theme is “Women of the Valley”. 

This year’s Emerging Civil War Symposium is August 7 - 9, 2020, at Stevenson’s Ridge.  The theme is “Fallen Leaders of the Civil War” and the cost is $175 per person.

The Mosby Heritage Area Association 23rd Annual Civil War Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War presents “Prelude to Second Manassas.” The conference will take place October 2-4, 2020 at the Middleburg Community Center, Middleburg, VA.  This 3 day event includes a tour, 2 lunches & dinner. Cost is $450.            

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation is preparing for their 50th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour December 12 – 13, 2020.  This year’s tour homes will be on the 1100 block of Princess Anne Street and the surrounding area.                        


Let’s welcome our newest member of the Civil War Round Table of  Fredericksburg.

Arthur McKinney.  Arthur is a department head at the Fredericksburg Public Library. He majored in History, enjoys reading and learning about Civil War policy and strategy.  We can thank Ted Watkins for introducing Arthur to the club.

Sadly, we also lost a long time member.

Martha Sisk.  Martha had successful surgery in December for a cancerous kidney and a tumor.  She was undergoing immune therapy for remaining cancer in her spine when she developed colitis which delayed treatment.  She was moved to a rehab facility and last week to Mary Washington Hospital when her health continued to decline.  Martha passed away on Sunday, April 5th, with Fred at her side.  Please keep Fred and family in your prayers.

The family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Garden. Please be aware that due to the COVID-19 virus, attendance will be limited, but services will be streamed online through the Found and Sons website. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Fredericksburg SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.


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

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                Your Obedient Servant,  

       Roger L. Leturno                     
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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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