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DISPATCHES FROM THE POWHATAN CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2019

BOBBY WILCOX ON “ESPIONAGE IN POWHATAN’

Happy New Year from the Powhatan Civil War Roundtable!

This month, we are excited to welcome the return of one of the original Leaders of the PCWRT, Bobby Wilcox!

A longtime area resident, Bobby has been a student of the Civil War since the age of seven. Bobby, along with Max Travis founded the Powhatan Civil War Roundtable in 2003.  What began as a conversation in the back room of The Virginia Pantry has grown to the community educational series we know today.

He was also the co-host of the Richmond radio show "Civil War Forum" for seven years. Presently, he and his wife Mary Anna are restoring the legendary WSVS Radio Station in Crewe, Virginia and formed the Historical WSVS Radio Museum.

His talk this month will be "Espionage in Powhatan," which led to the Battle at Sailor's Creek.

We eagerly anticipate this presentation, and look forward to kicking off 2019 with a bang.  Join us!

NEXT MONTH

Thursday, February 21, 2019, Phillip Greenwalt - Topic TBA

MENU OPTIONS

The County Seat offers our members and guests a main course, or the soup and salad bar.  Please specify your dining preference when you submit your pre-paid reservation, which is due the Tuesday prior to each meeting.  This month’s main course is tossed salad,roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beansand dessert.  Reservations must be received by January 15th.

LEADERSHIP CHANGE

Thank you to Trish and Allen Minter for their years of leadership to the PCWRT.  This month, we welcome Lyn & Pat Whitmer into their leadership roles!

PCWRT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If you have an interest in becoming more involved with the PCWRT, or have a special skill to offer, why not consider volunteering? New ideas and new people are the life-blood of any organization, and the PCWRT is no different. We need new volunteers with new ideas to move forward into our second decade. To get involved, please see one of our Leadership Committee members at our next meeting.

CIVIL WAR QUOTES

Theworldhas never had a gooddefinitionof thewordliberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the samewordwe do not all mean the samething.With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor.Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name — liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names — liberty and tyranny.

President Abraham Lincoln, April 18, 1864

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

See our website’s FAQ page for a list of our most frequently asked questions. Don’t see your question addressed there? E-mail us at PowhatanCWRT@gmail.com

REMINDER: 2019 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES

Your Membership Dues for 2019 will soon be due. Again, with no increase in price to PCWRT Membership, we hope you will encourage friends and neighbors to also join.  All dues must be received by March 31, 2019 to insure continuation of your membership

  • Individual Membership - $25.00
  • Family Membership    -    $35.00     

Membership includes 12 newsletters per year and entitles you to membership rates at our monthly dinner meetings. 

LOCAL EVENTS

History Happy Hour RVA: Fight Like a Girl
Location: Capital Ale House, 623 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
They were wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters – but also soldiers. For much of modern history, women have gone to the battlefield, so there is no surprise they did this during our country’s deadliest war.
Speaker: Morgan Floyd, ACWM
Cost: Free
Program Date: Monday, January 14, 2019 - 6:30pm

Foundry Series: Politics and the Supreme Court
Location:Historic Tredegar, RVA
Co-sponsors and Partners:John Marshall Foundation
Even during the Civil War era, political parties attempted to influence the makeup of the Supreme Court to further political agendas. Uncover how Lincoln and the Republicans reshaped the Court to advance the twin causes of liberty and union.
Featuring: Dr. Timothy Huebner, Rhodes College, Memphis
Moderated by Dr. Henry L. Chambers, University of Richmond School of Law
Cost:Public $10.00; American Civil War Museum Members $8.00
Make A Reservation
Program Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Waters of Hope and Despair: African Americans & the Chesapeake Bay
February 2 @ 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Pamplin Historical Park, 6125 Boydton Plank Road Petersburg,VA23803
Join Wisteria Perry of the Mariner's Museum as she explores the life of African Americans along the Virginia's nearby Chesapeake Bay.

THIS MONTH IN THE CIVIL WAR 1865 - Courtesy History Learning Site

January 3, 1865 - Sherman readied his men to continue their advance north to challenge Lee.

January 4, 1865 - Union troops started their second assault on Fort Fisher; 8,000 men were involved.

January 5, 1865 - Both General Lee and Jefferson Davis continued to be upbeat about the South’s military situation. Many others in the Confederacy were much more pessimistic about the South’s chances. Lincoln gave James W. Singleton a Presidential pass to get through Union lines to help facilitate a surrender.

January 6, 1865 - Davis sent a letter to the Confederacy’s Vice-President, Alexander H Stephens, asking for an explanation regarding Stephens alleged association with Georgia’s peace movement.

January 9, 1865 - The Constitutional Convention of Tennessee voted to abolish slavery in the state.

January 11, 1865 - The Constitutional Convention of Missouri voted to abolish slavery in the state.

A party of 300 Confederate cavalry riding in very poor weather, launched a surprise attack on Union positions in Beverley, West Virginia, and captured 600 Union troops.

January 12, 1865 - Jefferson Davis wrote in a letter to Lincoln that he was willing to discuss an end to hostilities, but only on the proviso that the South remained independent.

January 13, 1865 - The North started a major attack on Fort Fisher. The fort was all that protected the port of Wilmington – the only port that the South still had open that could trade with Europe. Troops landed by the fort, and the Union’s navy bombarded it from the sea.

January 14, 1865 - Union ships continued a non-stop bombardment of the fort, which received heavy damage. Guns in the fort had to be trained on both the approaching infantry on land, and the ships out at sea. But all of the guns could not concentrate on one target alone.

January 15, 1865 - Fort Fisher fell to Union forces. The North lost a total of 1,341 men in the attack (226 killed, 1018 wounded and 57 missing). The South lost 500 men killed and wounded, with over 2,000 taken prisoner. Wilmington was no longer able to operate as an overseas port, and the South was effectively cut off with regards to external trade.

January 16, 1865 - Lincoln was made aware that Davis was willing to discuss peace based around the South’s independence. He immediately dismissed the idea.

The Confederate Senate appointed General Lee as commander of all the armies of the Confederacy.

January 17, 1865 - While in Savannah Sherman issued Field Order Number 15. As his successful army advanced in the South, it attracted many former slaves who followed it in the vanguard. Sherman’s order handed to them confiscated or abandoned land along the Georgia coast – a maximum of 40 acres per person. This move ensured that those former slaves who were near Sherman’s army were more than willing to help and support it. As the news of what Sherman had done spread, so did the hopes of former slaves still in the South.

January 19, 1865 - General Lee reluctantly accepted the title of commander-in-chief of the South’s Armies. Lee was undoubtedly a highly skilled general but he would have been aware that even a man of his abilities would not have the skill to stop the inevitable – a victory for the North. However a sense of duty compelled him to accept the promotion even if it was a poisoned chalice.

January 20, 1865 - Sherman’s army headed towards South Carolina. However, its advance was severely hampered by heavy rain that made roads all but unusable.

January 21, 1865 - Sherman’s army marched into South Carolina but faced no opposition from Confederate forces.

January 23, 1865 - The South lost its ironclads ‘Virginia’ and ‘Richmond’. ‘Richmond’ ran aground on the James River while ‘Virginia’ was badly damaged by Union artillery in Fort Parsons.

January 24, 1865 - Grant agreed to an exchange of prisoners. He did not believe that it would make any difference to the campaign as he felt that the exchanged Southern prisoners would be less than keen to fight and the South was still experiencing major problems with desertion.

January 25, 1865 - Sherman continued his advance through South Carolina, and his men only faced skirmishes with Confederate troops. There appeared to be no sustained military attempt to stop his advance – or there was a realization that any attempt was doomed to failure.

January 27, 1865 - Lee complained to the Confederate government in Richmond that his men were surviving on pitiable rations, and that the major cause of desertion was the poor rations. On the same day he sent a letter to the Governor of South Carolina that “the Confederacy was safe” as long as the civilian population continued to give its support to the troops.

January 28, 1865 - Davis appointed senior Confederate politicians to hold informal talks with the North – Vice-President Stephens, President of the Senate, R Turner and former US Supreme Court judge John Campbell.

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