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October 2017

Jim Callear - Civil War Relics & Reenacting

The practice of collecting Civil War memorabilia began at least as early as the Battle of First Manassas, and Civil War reenacting began while the actual war was still happening.    Known as “sham battles,” these reenactments occurred for a number of reasons, from simple entertainment to helping families back home understand what happened during the war.  Both activities are still popular over 150 years after the start of the war. 

This month, we welcome Jim Callear who will share with us authentic civil war relics, as well as reproductions.  From bullets to bayonets, Jim will present examples of the equipment used by both soldiers both North and South.

Born in Petersburg in 1951, Jim Callear spent part of his childhood in a home built in the 18th century, and played in the Crater created during the battle of the same name, fought during the 1864 siege of Petersburg.  

When the old house was torn down in the 1960’s to make way for a parking lot, a live union cannon shell, likely fired during the siege, was found embedded in the brick foundation.  Thus began Jim’s fascination with Civil War relics and reenacting, which became a full-time hobby in 1989.

Jim loves talking to people and telling the history of our country, and has presented his hands-on program countless times, to dozens of schools, churches, and scout groups, and will challenge our knowledge of the Civil War with rounds of trivia during the evening.  We hope you will join us this month!


As announced last month, The County Seat Restaurant has changed their meal policy for club meetings.  Going forward, The County Seal will offer a main course, or the soup and salad bar. 

This month the main course will be Pepper Steak over Rice - slow simmered beef tips, peppers and onions in a hearty beef gravy served over garden rice pilaf.

Please specify your dining preference (main course or soup and salad bar) when you submit your pre-paid reservation, which is due the Tuesday prior to each meeting.  This month reservations must be received by September 19th.


PCWRT member John Mountcastle has donated a print of Jeb Stuart by Jack Davis (illustrator of Mad Magazine) to be raffled off with proceeds going to the Roundtable. Beginning this month and going thru December raffle tickets for this print will be available for $5 each or 3 for $10. The drawing will be held during the December meeting.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:30 PM

$16.00 for members, $20.00 for guests.

Pre-Paid Reservations Must Be Received By October 17, 2017

Mail Your Payment To:

PCWRT, P.O. Box 1144, Powhatan, VA 23139

Checks Or Money Orders Only Please


Thursday, November 19, 2017, Speaker and Topic to be announced.

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