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August Meeting
August 8, 2022 7:30pm

Charles Knight

Charles Knight is native of Richmond, VA, where he developed a love of history at an early age. He has worked at museums and historic sites for more than 20 years in Virginia – including as Curator of the MacArthur Memorial, Arizona, and North Carolina, and has given historical presentations to audiences across the country. He is the author of Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market (Savas Beatie, 2010), From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War Day by Day (Savas Beatie, 2021), as well as numerous magazine and journal articles, and was a historical advisor on the 2014 film Field of Lost Shoes, about the Battle of New Market. Knight is currently working on a biography of Confederate general and railroad magnate William Mahone; a history of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s Honor Guard company; and editing the memoirs and papers of Gen. R.E. Lee’s aide Charles Venable. Knight is the curator of military history at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh and resides in Holly Springs, NC, with his wife and children.

Douglas S. Freeman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning three-volume biography of Robert E. Lee is a masterful reconstruction of the man’s life. So exhaustive was Freeman’s research that he often boasted he could account for every hour of Lee’s life from West Point until his death. Freeman’s Lee is thorough, but it isn’t THAT thorough. Often neglected in Freeman’s Lee and other studies of the general or of his various battles and campaigns is what Lee was doing when he wasn’t in the spotlight. Charles Knight’s new From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War Day by Day, 1861-1865 recreates those four years of Lee’s life – at least as much as is possible at 150+ years distance. It is often forgotten that in addition to his duties as a general, Lee was still a husband, father, and friend. He lost a daughter, sister, two grandchildren, daughter-in-law, and his home during the war. In this presentation Knight shares some of the results of years of research into Lee’s actions during the war years; previously unknown sources, inconsistencies that confused Freeman and dozens of other historians over the years, memorable anecdotes of Lee’s daily life, and other historical “nuggets” that came to light in his research.


Our speaker lineup for 2022 is now available HERE 


2022 RVCWRT Bus Trip in October

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 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