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Steward Henderson
Fighting for Their Freedom: The US Colored Troops

This month we look forward to Steward Henderson’s presentation on the history of the United States Colored Troops.  Our speaker is a park ranger and historian with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He has been serving in this capacity since May 2007, after spending 2 years as a volunteer.

Our speaker retired from Sun Trust Bank as a Senior Vice President in the Retail Group of the Greater Washington Region in 2005, after a 35 year career in the financial services field. He attended Howard University, the Institute of Financial Education, the American Bankers Institute, and the Consumer Bankers Association Graduate School of Retail Bank Management.

Steward has had a life-long interest in the Civil War and is a co-founder of the 23rd Regiment United States Colored Troops, which is affiliated with Friends of the Fredericksburg Area Battlefields and the John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center Museum in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.  The 23rd USCT is a Civil War living history organization representing the soldiers of the original 23rd USCT.  These African American men were the first black soldiers to fight in directed combat against Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

Steward is also a member of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers Co. B, a Civil War reenactment and living history organization, representing the African American regiment made famous in the battle of Fort Wagner. This unit was made popular by the movie, “Glory.”

Our speaker is also a member of the Civil War Trust, and the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust.  We hope you will join us on October 17th at the County Seat!


The County Seat offers our members and guests a main course, or the soup and salad bar.  This month’s main Course: tossed salad, meatloaf, mashed potato, green beans and dessert.  Please specify your dining preference when you submit your pre-paid reservation, which is due the Tuesday prior to each meeting. 


Thursday, November 21, 2019 – Speaker and topic to be announced.


Beginning in November the PCWRT members and guests will have the opportunity to bid via silent auction on severalsetsof complete written works, such as The Time-Life Series on the Civil War, a three-book collection by Bruce Canton, a three-volume collection by Shelby Foote, and others.


“Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letter, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, there is no power on earth that can deny he has earned the right to citizenship.”

~Frederick Douglass~


History Happy Hour: One Image Two Freedom Fighters

Location: Graduate Richmond | 301 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Discover how the photo of USCT Pvt. Hubbard Pryor became a national recruitment tool and then vanished from memory only to resurface as a depiction of Gabriel, the enslaved man who planned a large-scale rebellion in 1800. Speaker: Ana Edwards, ACWM

Special thanks toGraduate Richmondfor hosting the event

Cost: Free

Program Date: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 6:30pm

History Happy Hour: No Safety for Union Men

Location: Charley's | 707 Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502

On April 16, 1866, a race riot erupted in Norfolk, Virginia. Discover the limits of the U.S. Army’s protection for African Americans and their civil rights when faced with ex-Confederates' paramilitary violence during the early years of Reconstruction. Speaker: Brianna Kirk, Ph.D. candidate, University of Virginia

Cost: FREE

Program Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:30pm

Voices from the Shadows

Pamplin Park October 25 @ 6:30 pm-October 26 @ 8:30 pm

Costumed guides portraying “agents of death” will lead participants by candlelight on a spine-chilling tour through the historicpark and Breakthrough Battlefield. At each stop, guests will encounter an escaped prisoner on the run, a guard on picket duty being ambushed, a surgeon performing grisly work in a field hospital and more.

These and other ghouls will recount their stories and share some of the more macabre and spirit-filled folklore from the past. Tours will be accompanied by sights and sounds that heighten the senses while breaking the silence of the night.

Based on true figures folklore and stories of the Civil War era, the naturally haunting atmosphere of Pamplin Historical Park gives visitors a rare opportunity to experience the Park and battlefield after dark. “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” – Edgar Allen Poe

This event is offered on Friday, October 25 and Saturday October 26 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required.RSVP on Eventbrite to ensure a spot on the tour. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. The minimum recommended age for this nighttime tour is six years old. Flashlights are recommended for all tour participants. Call 804-861-2408 for reservations and directions.




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