Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg
Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg
Member Login    News    Support our Projects    Photos    Event Calendar        
Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg
Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg
Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg
Nau Center 2018 Signature Conference—Civil War Lives—March 30, 2018

The 2017-2018 Nau Center Signature Conference , "Civil War Lives," will be held on Friday, March...
Read More

Register for News Story Emails.
Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg
Site Navigation: Expand

>  Home Page
>  About Us

>  Archives

>  Membership

>  Resources

>  Contacts

Presidents Corner

March 2018 Newsletter

Our March program is our sixth meeting of the 2017-2018 Program Year, which runs from September 2017 through June 2018. Carolyn Elstner is presenting War Comes to “Dear Old Ellwood”. Carolyn's undergraduate degree is in music from Sweet Briar College. She holds a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Virginia. She is married to dentist Tom Elstner. They have two children, Meg (in Virginia) and Peter (in Oregon), and one grandchild. Carolyn has lived all but 14 years of her life in Fredericksburg. Growing up here she had two homes -- one in town and one in the Wilderness. Ellwood was her grandparents' farm. The family owned it from 1907 to 1977.

For 17 years Carolyn was volunteer director of Ellwood for the National Park Service. She oversaw the opening of Ellwood to the public, worked its grounds, trained its interpreters each year, and managed the restoration of the house to its Civil War appearance. Now she is president of the Fredericksburg Ladies' Memorial Association, which owns and maintains the Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery. She considers this a natural progression from her Ellwood tenure. It was home to Horace and Betty Lacy for nearly sixty years. The Lacys were founders of the cemetery.

At the March 28th meeting of the CWRT of Fredericksburg, Carolyn will talk about her book,” Dear Old Ellwood”, published in November 2016. She will instruct that Ellwood's Civil War history is far more profound than General "Stonewall" Jackson's amputated left arm!

February 2018 Program

Our February program was by our Vice President, Clint Van Zandt, who presented "Ten-Year- Old Gilbert Van Zandt – Youngest Soldier in the Civil War and the Unrepentant Rapscallions from Van Zandt County, TX”. We appreciate his knowledge, humor and experience in describing the difficulty and uniqueness of being a Van Zandt in the 1860s.

The Program Committee

The Program Committee consists of Pat Quinn, Scott Boyd and Paul Scott. I wish to personally thank Paul, Pat and Scott for their knowledge, input and the contacts made to the prospective speakers and for arranging such unique and interesting programs for this and next year's CWRTF meetings. (See Program Year 2018-2019 )

The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table

As a reciprocal courtesy, we provide a regular feature each month of the speakers for the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table's current program. The RVCWRT meets 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.

Brochures and Community Contacts

The new brochures have been printed and distributed throughout the city retail establishments, libraries and local museums. Professional cards for our officers and general membership have been printed and are available. See Beth Daly, Secretary, if you would like some cards. Special thanks goes to Ted Watkins for his expertise in designing the brochures and professional cards. Front Porch Magazine continues our ads each month. Notices of our meetings are printed in Alan Zirkle's History Alert, The Civil War News newspaper, North South Traders Civil War magazine and the History Calendar of the Town & County Section of the Free Lance-Star.

Website and Facebook

The Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg website is and our email address for general correspondence is Our Facebook page can be found at

Please take the time to check out your media sites. If you have stories, pictures or other items of interest you would like to share, please forward them our webmaster Roger Leturno at

Membership and Roster

We have had numerous new members join us this year. We have consistently had guests at our meetings. Some are members' guests and some come on their own. Please make our new members feel at home and our guests welcome by introducing yourself and inviting them to sit at your table. Bring your friends and acquaintances as guests to our meetings and solicit their membership in order to continue the growth of the Club.

Rather than having an officers' head table as we have had in the past, the officers are sitting with the membership to facilitate getting better acquainted. Besides the speaker, we have also endeavored to seat some guests and new members at the head table. So take the opportunity to ask your fellow members about themselves, their backgrounds, their history, whether it be professional or military or whatever, and you'd be surprised at the "history" of each person.

The roster of our current membership has been completed, but we are adding new members monthly. Those who have not provided their cell phone number to our secretary, Beth Daly, please do so.

50/50 Raffle

Please buy raffle tickets for the 50/50 raffle in order to support the projects of our club at the table just inside the Rappahannock Grand Ballroom.


The entrance table also contains brochures and printouts for other history related events, and is available for such bulletins as members may wish to place. Books donated to the club may also be placed there by members.


Please make your reservations for our February 28th meeting by Friday, 23 February, 2018, by calling (540) 361-2105, emailing or responding to this newsletter by email. Late reservations can usually be accepted, but it 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.

Thank you, members, for your attendance, participation and input in our club. It has indeed been a pleasure to see and experience the passion and interest of our members both in the study of the Civil War and in sharing it with others by bringing guests and new members on board.

I look forward to seeing you all at the March 28th meeting.

John Harris

Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg

Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg
Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg
Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg

· Copyright ©2018 Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg P.O. Box 491 Fredericksburg VA 22404 ·
· Contact Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg · Editorial and Privacy Policies · Webmaster · Browser and Email Settings ·
· Website by ·