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December Meeting
December 12, 2022 7:30pm

Jim Smith

“The most successful in its work”: Orlando Willcox’s division in the Maryland Campaign”.  Newly released from a Confederate prison, West Point graduate Orlando Willcox took command of a division in the IX Corps less than a week before the Battle of South Mountain. His troops fought hard at Fox’s Gap and formed the right end of the Final Attack at Antietam, falling back under orders that Willcox received three times before obeying.


A native of Miami, FL, Jim Smith is a lifelong student of the Civil War. He has volunteered at Antietam National Battlefield since 2017 and has been a certified battlefield guide since 2018. Jim is a member of the Antietam Institute and lives with his family in Millersville, MD.


Our speaker lineup for 2022 is available HERE 
Our speaker lineup for 2023 is NOW available HERE 


2022 RVCWRT Bus Trip in October - Canceled

The annual RVCWRT bus trip "Lee vs. Pope: The Battle of Second Manassas" is on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Marc Thompson will be the guide for this six hour tour, which includes a professional military analysis at nine battlefield sites, transportation, water, box lunch and a 20 page spiral-bound color handout. You can pay the $90 ($110 after September 18, 2022) trip cost through our website at www.rappvalleycivilwar.org/membership (or just click the blue "Payment Information" tab at the bottom of this page). You can use Paypal or pay directly with a credit card . You also have the option of mailing a check to RVCWRT, PO Box 7632, Fredericksburg VA 22404. You do not have to be an RVCWRT member to participate. Attendance is limited to 40 people.

Brock's Riverside Grill

Brock’s Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia Street, on the Rappahannock River in historic Old Town Fredericksburg, has been our favorite meeting venue for many years. Brock’s is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch year round. Menu is American “steak and seafood” with a southwestern flair.  More information is available at Brocksgrill.com. Call 540-370-1820 for reservations. 


Virginians: Speak Out

Ask Your State Legislators to Help Support Battlefield Preservation!!! Attached is a link to how you can help the efforts to get Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain State Park by contacting your legislators.


Geoff White Music

Geoff White is from Blowing Rock North Carolina. He has played the fiddle all his life, and has performed in pubs, bars, restaurants, concert halls, and battlefields all across the east coast. Geoff was a member of the bluegrass group Sugar Run for several years. He currently lives in Roanoke. He earned a degree in History from Radford University in 2002. 



Here is the link for the Youtube version, complete with my watermark and opening titles. I ask that you use this version. And please do use it! I'm happy to see so many people getting enjoyment and education from this program. 

Thank you so much for your interest and support. Best regards, Geoff