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Sheridan's Raid on Richmond Topic of September 4th Civil War Round Table Meeting

Robert E.L. Krick

August 16, 2012 - Southport, NC Brunswick Civil War Round Table meetings, held on the first Tuesday of each month, will resume for the third year on September 4th. The Round Table is especially pleased to announce that its special guest speaker this month will be Robert E.L. Krick. His topic is "Stuart's Last Ride: Sheridan's Raid on Richmond and the Battle of Yellow Tavern."

In early May, 1864, Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered Major Gen. Philip H. Sheridan and three cavalry divisions to bypass Gen. Robert E. Lee's army and attack his cavalry and communications. That confrontation took place when Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, who had pushed his horsemen for two days, intercepted the Union command at Yellow Tavern, six miles north of Richmond. The result, after a fierce battle, Stuart was mortally wounded, and a smug "Little Phil" Sheridan advanced towards Richmond.

The much sought-after guest speaker Bob Krick has been employed by the National Park Service as an historian and battlefield guide at the Richmond National Battlefield since 1991. Prior to that, he was employed at the Custer Battlefield in Montana and the Manassas Battlefield in Virginia. He is also an author, and his definitive research has been widely published on various Civil War and Confederate topics, including articles in several Civil War essay books and historical publications.

The Tuesday, September 4th Round Table meeting will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport, across from the Post Office. Registration begins at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome. The admission fee for guests is $5 which can be applied toward the $25 annual membership fee for adults and couples. There is no fee for students. As a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, most of the dues and fees collected go toward inviting the most renowned and knowledgeable historians covering a variety of subjects relating to the Civil War period to both educate and entertain near capacity audiences every month.

For more information, contact BCWRT president Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or wrueckel@questor.com.



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