Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Walmart Drops Wilderness Battlefield Development Plan

Walmart Drops Wilderness Plan

Good News in Battlefield Preservation From The Civil War Trust:

"In an unexpected development on the day that a trial was scheduled to begin in the case, Walmart announced that it has abandoned plans to pursue a special use permit previously awarded to the retail giant for construction of a super center on the Wilderness Battlefield.

“We are pleased with Walmart’s decision to abandon plans to build a super center on the Wilderness battlefield,” remarked James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust. “We have long believed that Walmart would ultimately recognize that it is in the best interests of all concerned to move their intended store away from the battlefield. We applaud Walmart officials for putting the interests of historic preservation first. Sam Walton would be proud of this decision.”

For more information: CWT website

Monday, January 24, 2011

Louisville Civil War Round Table Celebrates 50 Years

Jan 22, 2011, the Louisville Civil War Round Table celebrated our 50th Anniversary with a special dinner and speaker at our home of many years, Big Springs Country Club. It was a grand evening, with many guests, long time and brand new members, and including 2 Life Members and 19 Present and Past Presidents. We were particularly honored to have Tom Speckman, and original Charter member with us. Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson gave an excellent presentation on history and work of the Civil War Centennial Commission and its lesson for the Sesquicentennial.

Our speaker, distinguished scholar, author and LWCRT Life Member James I. Robertson

LCWRT Past Presidents in attendance: Back Row: Leif Bunting, Marc Oca, William Gist, Bob Bortner, Dave Dietrich, Doug Krawcyk, Lowell Griffin, Thomas Speckman, John Davis, Gordon Snyder, John Belluci (hidden,Bryan Winslow,John Thomas, Rusty Brown. Front row: Holly Jenkins-Evans ,Don Meyer, Tom Lively. Art Boerner and Dick Skidmore not shown.

Friday, January 21, 2011

LCWRT featured in Courier -Journal

Four members of the Louisville Civil War Round Table sat down with Dale Moss of the Courier Journal recently and had a lively lunch at the August Moon on Lexington Rd. in Louisville. Here's the result:

Local Round Table cannot stop learning about the Civil War

Members of the Louisville Civil War Round Table include Mark Oca, John Davis, Holly Jenkins-Evans and Dr. Art Boerner. (photo by Dale Moss)

To learn more about the Civil War Round Table, visit or call John Davis at (502) 560-2201.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

LCWRT to Celebrate 50 Years

Anniversary Meeting, January 22nd, 2011, What the Civil War Centennial Taught Us

This will be a night to commemorate our first 50 years and to honor those whose leadership and sacrifices made it possible. We celebrate with a special menu, a 50th Anniversary birthday cake and a champagne toast. Attendees will receive a 50th anniversary pin and a history of the Round Table and will be invited to sign the 50th Roll Call. Former chaplain Rev. Bruce Michard will be in attendance and he has graciously consented to offer the prayer at the start of the meeting.

Meet Our Speaker – James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr.

We are happy to have back our longtime friend and life member of our Round Table, James I. ‘Bud’ Robertson, Jr. for our 50th anniversary meeting. He is without question one of the preeminent Civil War scholars and lecturers of our time. He has written and edited over 20 books and countless articles and reviews. His latest book is a collection of essays co-edited with William C. Davis, Virginia at War, 1863.Among his other books are The Stonewall Brigade, General A. P. Hill, Soldiers Blue and Gray, Civil War Sites in Virginia, and of course his award winning Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend. He appears regularly in Civil War programs on the History Channel and he also served as chief historical consultant for the movie Gods and Generals.

James I. Robertson, Jr. is a native of Danville, Virginia and a great-grandson of a Confederate veteran. He received his B. A. and Litt.D. degrees from Randolph-Macon College and M. A. and Ph.D degree from Emory University, where he studied under famous Civil War historian Bell I. Wiley. He served as Executive Director of the U. S. Civil War Centennial Commission and has been honored with several major awards including the 1987 Fletcher Pratt Award, the 1988 Jefferson Davis Medal and the Freeman-Nevins Award. His biography of Stonewall Jackson has won eight national awards.

Dr. Robertson is currently Alumni Distinguished Professor in history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Since our founding, Bud Robertson has been one of our favorite speakers and has visited us frequently since the early 1960’s.

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Follow the Civil War Sesquicentennial On-line

You can follow the events each day of what happened 150 years ago in both the New York Times and the Washington Post. Both of the papers are offering great articles on the Civil War and these are absolutely free. At the New Times : click here Disunion and you will find a listing of the articles. At the Washington Post: House Divided

Silent Auction Begins at January Meeting

We begin a silent auction in January with a bust of Robert E. Lee and a set of Douglas Southall Freeman’s R.E. Lee.These were donated by Dick Skidmore from Wilda Skidmore’s Lee collection. There will also be a flag that flew over Fort Sumter unitl it was retired in 2008. This was donated by National Park Historian Rick Hatcher. This is a reproduction of the first Confederate flag that flew over the fort after the surrender in April 1861.

2011 Field Trip: Return to Gettysburg

There are 48 people signed up for the Gettysburg field trip and 34 of these are guaranteed one of the 54 seats on the tour bus. Remember, signing up alone will not guarantee your reservation. Only the paid deposit will. We will be going to Gettysburg to study the biggest battle of the Civil War. The dates will be March 30 – April 3. Our guide will be Chris Kolakowski.