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April 2019 Newsletter

Our April program is our seventh of the 2018-2019 Program Year, which runs from September 2018 through June 2019. On April 24th, 2019, Mark Tooley will present his program “The 1861 Peace Conference”.

The Peace Conference of 1861 was a meeting of 131 leading American politicians in February 1861, at the Willard's Hotel in Washington, DC, on the eve of the American Civil War. The success of President Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party in the 1860 presidential elections led to a flurry of political activity. In much of the South, elections were held to select delegates to special conventions to consider secession from the Union. In Congress, efforts were made in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to reach compromise over the issues relating to slavery that were dividing the nation. The conference was the final effort by the individual states to resolve the crisis. With the seven states of the Cotton South already committed to secession, the emphasis to preserve the Union peacefully focused on the eight slaveholding states representing the Upper and Border South, with the states of Virginia and Kentucky playing key roles.

Mark Tooley is president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, DC. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Review Online, The Washington Examiner, The Chicago Tribune, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Christianity Today, World, and Gettysburg. He writes regularly for The American Spectator and The Weekly Standard and lives outside of northern Virginia.

March 2019 Program

Our March program was presented by Bob O’Connor on “James Hangar and the Hangar Company”. We appreciate his insight, knowledge, humor, and passion regarding Mr. Hanger and his foresight.

Albert Z. Conner Internship Selection

Austin J. Sundstrom has accepted the Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg sponsored Albert Z. Conner Internship at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park for the summer of 2019. Austin is from Chicago, Illinois. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Northern Illinois University and is currently a graduate student in Public History at Loyola University - Chicago. Austin has written an interesting paper about a song "Who Will Save the Left" and the myth of the 19th Illinois Infantry at the Battle of Stones River regarding the role of the unit on the left flank of the army during the last day of the battle. He has also written articles on Vicksburg and Shiloh for Military Images Magazine. He will arrive in May to begin his internship.

Reservations for Dinner Meetings

Please make your reservations for our April 24, 2019 meeting by Friday, April 19th, by calling (540) 361-2105, emailing or responding to this newsletter by email. 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. 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.

Policy for Members Concerning Non-Attendance after Making a Reservation

Over the years, we have a small number of people make reservations for our dinner meetings, but fail to appear. The club bears the meal and club overhead cost of $32.00 on each occurrence. This issue was addressed at the March 25, 2016 meeting of the Executive Committee and the following Resolution was passed:

"In the future, short of an emergency (classified as a personal unforeseen emergency event, which is reported by the member to the treasurer within five (5) business days’ post meeting), the treasurer shall be authorized to invoice the non-appearing member for the meeting/dinner costs incurred when such member(s) fails to honor his or her reservation(s) for the scheduled CWRTF meeting/dinner event."

If you have a personal unforeseen emergency and inform the Secretary in a timely fashion as denoted above, you will not be invoiced for the missed meeting. No shows are obviously of greater concern when we consistently have 4 or 5 members make reservations and then fail to appear for the event.

If you have made a reservation and realize you will not be able to attend, prior to the dinner, please contact Beth Daly immediately either by email ( or telephone (540-729-0260).

Speakers for the 2018 - 2019 Program Years

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

The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table

As a courtesy to our sister round table, we publish the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table's meeting dates and program schedule. 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

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.

CWRTF Website, Facebook and Email Address




Membership and Roster

We have 135 members as of this newsletter. Our member meeting attendance is tremendous with a proportionate number of guests. Please make our guests and new members feel at home by introducing yourself and inviting them to sit at your table. Continue to bring your friends and acquaintances as guests to our meetings and ask them to join. Membership is an investment into the Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg. I hope you will agree that the learning and social experiences of our monthly meetings, as well as our Heritage Awards and Albert Z. Conner Internship make for an excellent return on investment.

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.

Updating our membership roster is an ongoing process. Members can update their contact information by signing into our website or by giving it to our secretary, Beth Daly.

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 and War and in sharing it with others by bringing guests and new members aboard.

I look forward to seeing you all at the April 24, 2019 meeting.

John Harris

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