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The June newsletter is now available.  Click here.

We do not normally have a July or August newsletter, but there was some information we wanted to provide to the members on three important events.

CDCWRT PICNIC IS FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015, AT SCHUYLER FLATTS

Our customary summer potluck picnic will be held at Schuyler Flatts on Friday, August 14, 2015. The picnic social hour will begin at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. We will have a community sing of Civil War era songs beginning at 6 p.m. Bring instruments. We will bring song sheets. There will be a tent, tables and chairs for your comfort.

There is no lighting at the facility, please bring a flashlight.

Each member is asked to bring a covered dish. Coordinate with Noreen Underhill at 371-4312 so we don’t end up with five dishes of potato salad. Your Round Table will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks. Please let Noreen know what you will bring and how many guests not later than Monday, August 10, 2015, so we can plan for enough food and drink for everyone.

 

DAY TRIP PLANNED TO BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXHIBITS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

The Brooklyn Historical Society is offering three Civil War related exhibits. Your Round Table Board is planning a day trip down to Brooklyn on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. As in the past, the anticipated cost for this one day event, including travel by van, tolls, and Museum admission, will not be more than $75.00. Prior to the museum tour, we will have a tour of some of the Civil War Brooklyn sites that were described to us by E. A. Livingston last October.

The Exhibits Are:

Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War Brooklyn

Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom

The Emancipation Proclamation

We will have more information about the event at the picnic, as well as at the September meeting of the Round Table on Friday, September 11, 2015.

 

FIFTH ANNUAL SUE KNOST MEMORIAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2015, AT HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

FEATURED LUNCHEON SPEAKER IS PAT SCHROEDER, APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK HISTORIAN

 Additional confirmed speakers include:

PATRICK FALCI, who will give us a presentation on the “Death of A. P. Hill”.

R. L. MURRAY will give his annual presentation on the letters of New York Civil War soldiers in 1865 to the end of the War.

More information will be in the September newsletter. Mark your calendars. We are looking for a good turnout for the final conference of the 150th commemoration.

Another letter of appreciation from the Civil War Trust for our contribution efforts to the Antietam battlefield

Dear Friends,

“Amazing!” “Incredible!” “Astonishing!” These are the words Jim Lighthizer has been using to describe your response to the opportunity to save 44 acres at the epicenter of the Antietam battlefield. Thanks to your overwhelmingly positive reply, I’m able to let you know that you’ve done it – you have saved the Antietam Epicenter!

You saw from the maps how vital it was to preserve this small but incredibly vital piece of land in the middle of a battlefield that saw more casualties in one day than any other day in United States history. You believed in us to be good stewards of your passion, and we at the Civil War Trust are so grateful for your trust.

This section of the Battle of Antietam will now be part of a pristine battlefield forever because of YOU. This land will eventually be incorporated into the surrounding Antietam National Battlefield Park, and stewarded by the National Park Service. No McMansion will be built on this benchmark of American history.

America now has a more perfect Antietam battlefield because you fought to save this hallowed ground. Thank you.


Emma Quarnstrom
Development Associate, Stewardship | Civil War Trust
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900  Washington DC, 20005
(p) 202.367.1861 ext 7226  (e)
equarnstrom@civilwar.org 

CIVIL WAR TRUST  |  Saving America’s Civil War Battlefields | civilwar.org



Civil War Trust Letter of Appreciation
Dear Capital District CWRT,
  
What an amazing response to our call for help at the “Bookends of Brandy Station”! You have done it once more; I can officially announce to you that we have closed on the crucial 33 acres at Fleetwood Hill! Together, you and I have ensured that this land will never be developed, and are now closer than ever to saving the entirety of Fleetwood Hill.

Your dedication is overwhelming and encouraging. With your support and the help of local organizations, the Civil War Trust has been able to save over 1,900 acres of the Brandy Station battlefield, the opening clash of the Gettysburg Campaign. I cannot thank you enough.

Your legacy will live on through this battlefield land, which can now be kept pristine for all future generations to honor and learn from.

Thank you for being a battlefield preservation champion – and thank you for rallying to save Fleetwood Hill at Brandy Station!

Sincerely yours,
Emma Quarnstrom
Development Associate, Stewardship | Civil War Trust
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900  Washington DC, 20005
(p) 202.367.1861 ext 7226  (e)
equarnstrom@civilwar.org 


The Civil War in COLOR for the first time: Painstakingly remastered images of a divided America that recreate era in amazing detail.  Click here.

ROUND TABLE TOPS $1.3M IN DONATIONS!
TOTAL OF ACTUAL & MATCHING FUNDS NOW AT $1,344,944!

 

See the January newsletter for our recent contributions.


Although this was never a goal when the CDCWRT first started donating monies for preservation activities, by 2003 it became an unofficial goal to top one million dollars in actual funds plus matching funds. We had hoped to do this during the Sesquicentennial, and we have achieved that target by the end of 2012. Over the years, many people have contributed their time and energies to attain this goal. At the national level, the efforts of the Civil War Trust in brokering matching deals, has contributed to the lion’s share of this figure.

 


 

Epic story of conflict and courage

State Museum unveiling sweeping new exhibit on Civil War
Click here for complete story


Best Civil War Sites  Click here.


The Atlantic has a superb collection of Civil War photos.  Click here to go to their site.


Founded in 1984, the Capital District Civil War Round Table is a non-profit, tax exempt educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.  Our purpose is to foster education, awareness and respect for America's historic heritage, with special focus on the Civil War period.  We are dedicated to the preservation of Civil War sites nationwide, and we are a lifetime member of the Civil War Trust (CWT).  We currently have over 150 members.  Click here for more information.