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Harriett Wang and CVBT Assistant Executive Director Sarah Kay Bierle

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August 7 – 9, 2020 The Seventh Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge This...
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President Notes

OMG!  I was expecting a large attendance for January….but 105!  This beat last year’s record of 103.  It was so good seeing everyone.  Guest speaker Ryan Longfellow and his parents joined Julie and me at the head table.  It was an evening of great conversation, good food, and of course, interesting topic.  Ryan began his presentation on U.S. Grant in the Wilderness, as in his classroom, by stating up front the learning intentions and success criteria. We appreciated his perspective on Grant and the significance the Battle of the Wilderness had in the Civil War.                                                  

We have an unexpected change in speakers for February.  Chris Kolakowski had to withdraw but, fortunately for us, Sarah Kay Bierle has graciously accepted our invitation to speak.  Sarah serves on staff at the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, is the managing editor for Emerging Civil War’s blog, and hosts an annual Civil War conference in California.

Sarah’s fourth book, Call out the Cadets - a nonfiction study on the Battle of New Market - is the subject of her presentation.  The Battle of New Market, fought May 15, 1864, was the only time in American military history when a college student body fought as an independent unit in a full battle. For the young men from Virginia Military Institute (VMI), life would never be the same after their participation in a decisive victory for Confederate General John Breckinridge's gathered army in the Shenandoah Valley. But what happened to the cadets after the battle? This presentation traces the lives and experiences of several cadets through their days at VMI to the battlefield and to their later careers as successful citizens.

Please make your reservations for our February 26th meeting by Friday, February 21, 2020, 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 or place settings.  If you make 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.   

                                            For the Good of the Club

The Free Lance-Star has stopped printing their weekly “History Calendar”.  This not only hurts us but every other “history” based organization in the Fredericksburg area. The CWRTF, RVCWRT, CVBT and other organizations are working together in urging the FLS to continue this service.

CVBT Annual Conference 24 – 26 April 2020 tickets are still available.  The dinner and meeting is April 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House. This year’s speaker is Chris Kolakowski.

That same weekend, St. Mary’s County Museum Division in Southern Maryland is having an American Civil War event weekend in remembrance of the Black Diamond disaster.  The Black Diamond disaster occurred on the Potomac near St. Clement’s Island during the hunt for John Wilkes Booth where 87 men were killed.

Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table will conduct its 2020 bus tour “7 Days in the 1862 Spring Time.”  The cost is $90 for members of both round tables.  Estimated departure from Gordon Road is 8 a.m. with a return at 6 p.m.

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. 


This month I would like to welcome back Jeffrey Scott.  Jeff is returning after a couple of year hiatus. Welcome back, Jeff!


Wanted. Volunteers to help with membership, advertising, 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

Final note.  Hardtack continues to evolve.  Since distribution is electronic, I don’t believe the number of pages matters as much as content.  This newsletter is meant to be informative for all our readers.  I will always include a recap of the last meeting, synopsis of the next, and information about our members.  I think “for the good of the club” is also value added.  This month I am including a section from the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park Service.  They do so much for our community and club.  I like to think we have a special relationship and, with John Hennessy’s help, we will share with you news and information from the NMPS.  Please enjoy. 

Your Obedient Servant,

Roger L. Leturno


Upcoming Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg Meetings

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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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