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Bishop-General Leonidas Polk graduated from West Point in 1827.  He then left the army to become an Episcopal priest.  His long time friend, Jefferson Davis, persuaded him to put on the Confederate gray on June 25, 1861, with a starting rank of Major General.  He retained his office as Episcopal Bishop of Louisiana and was the only high-ranking member of the clergy to die instantly from an artillery shell.  He was hit and killed at Pine Mountain, Georgia on June 24, 1864.

Both the North and South were in the grips of economic recessions before the war began.  Army pay, as meager as it was, did attract jobless recruits on both sides.  Union privates marched and fought for a mere $13.00.  Rebel privates were recruited for $11.00.

Frank C. Armstrong was the only general office to fight for both sides.  Armstrong held the rank of captain for the Union Army.  He rose to the rank of brigadier when under the Confederate flag.

"Tell my wife that I am shot, but we fought like hell."
                                                                                     ~ William Barksdale
                                                                                                       July 2, 1863
                                                                             The Battle of Gettysburg
                                                          He died the next day of his wound

!!! We are changing our meeting facility !!!
We are now meeting at:

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
2965 Leonard Street NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is located on the north side of Leonard Street just west of the East Beltline.
We will be meeting in the Chapel of the Seminary.
There is no food or drink allowed in the Chapel.
Our snacks will be in a separate room, near the Chapel.

Wednesday
February 19, 2020

GRCWRT Members

Open Round Table
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!!! We Have Moved !!!
!!! To A New Facility !!!

Puritan Reformed
Theological Seminary
2965 Leonard Street NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan
We will meet in the Chapel
(See Details Below)

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7:00 pm

Our program this month will be a true Civil War round table. We need you, and your fellow members, to bring Civil War related artifacts, pictures, documents, and stories to our February meeting to share them with the rest of the group. You say you have your great-great-grandmother’s letters that she received from her husband during the war? Bring them and tell us about them. You say you have some artifacts that you’ve collected and know something about their history? We want to see them and hear about them. You say you went to Petersburg on vacation this past summer? Bring the pictures and tell us about it. We really do want to see and hear about your Civil War antiques, histories, and vacations. No item or story is too big or too small. Please remember, no firearms are allowed on the Seminary campus.
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Membership fees for the 2019-2020 season will be $20.00.
Checks can be made out to GRCWRT.
Get your membership/renewal form on our 
Membership page or at the meeting.
Dues are based on the meeting year, September - June.
Civil War Notes
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