Winchester March 2007 Annual Meeting Minutes

Minutes of CWFSG Business Meeting at Winchester, 17 March 2007

Meeting convened by secretary Paul Hawke at 9 am at the Wingate Inn.

Minutes recorded by David Lowe.

First order of business: elections. There was some confusion about the current identity of officers, board members, and their terms. There was a recommendation that the president publish via email the full slate of officers and board members and the expiration date of their terms. It was proposed, seconded, and carried that all current officers and board members up for election be reinstated in their current positions for a full term.

Lowe reported that according to president Stacy Allen the treasury contained some $4000.

Discussion about overdue publication of the journal. It was suggested that we could read it in our wheel chairs after retirement.

Discussion of lack of newsletter. After some debate, someone recalled that Mark Zimmerman had been made editor last year. Point was made that the editor needs to be supplied with articles or at least raw material.

Discussion of CWFSG web site that has not been updated. Lowe sketches from last year were approved for release after whiting out longitude and latitude coordinates. Complaints about spam were to be addressed by John Snyder. Jeff Grigg appointed to assist Mr. Snyder. Mr. Snyder said he would explore and install software designed for clubs that includes a password-accessed message board among other specialized features. Members were encouraged to share photos and notes taken from this and earlier trips with Mr. Snyder and Mr. Grigg. Mr. Hawke stated that a listserve will be established for the fortifications subcommittee of ICAMOS and that the group should contribute. He will keep the group updated.

Mr. Hawke led discussion of CWFSG wear with logo. Hats, T-shirts, polo shirts. Suggestion for checking out hooded sweatshirts with logo.

Possible tag lines for a T-shirt: "We survived Maryland Heights 2007" or "We climbed Maryland Heights 2007." There was general interest in pursuing purchase of gear.

Discussion of future meeting sites. Memphis/Helena for 2008 to be organized by the western contingent. Jacksonville was nixed. Because ofmany newer members, it was suggested that we consider revisiting sites that the group visited years ago. Suggestions included: Nashville, Vicksburg, Kentucky, Corinth, Galveston. It was proposed, seconded, and carried to meet in Kinston, NC, in 2009.

Bill Niekirk asked about donating to a preservation group this year. Mr. Lowe stated that he had left a check for $100 made out to the Kernstown Battlefield Association in their donation box for cooperating with access to the battlefield. Mr. Niekirk correctly pointed out that the donation should have first been voted on by the group. It was proposed, seconded, and carried that the donation be approved retroactively. A donation for Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation was not approved.

A member voiced a complaint that this year's tour seemed more like a battlefield tour than a fortifications tour. It was unfortunate that weather prevented us from visiting six earthworks associated with Camp Russell. State archeologist Bob Jolley presented a powerpoint presentation to the group on these sites and his work at Camp Russell.

Mr. Lowe apologized to the group for keeping them too long at an unscheduled stop at Third Winchester. Mr. Lowe, Mr. Hawke, and several other members delayed the group to survey new road construction on the Civil War Preservation Trust property at Third Winchester.

There was confusion over whether our group had achieved 501/C3 status and a wish for officers to clarify the matter.

Appreciation was extended to Dennis Frye, Dana McBean, Larry Maier, and Bob Jolley for assisting with this year’s meeting. Several members noted afterwards that they recognized many of the sites from the Taylor sketchbook as we toured because of Mr. McBean’s presentation.

There was a motion to adjourn, which was seconded and carried by unanimous consent.



Class One: Prepared Artillery Fortifications

Naval Battery, 100-pounder battery, Mortar Battery, 30-pounder Battery,

Fort Duncan, Star Fort, Fort Collier


Class Two: Prepared Infantry Fortifications

Stone Fort (intended as a blockhouse), Exterior Fort, Fort Duncan, Bolivar


Class Three: Rapid Artillery Fortifications

Fisher’s Hill lunettes, Cedar Creek lunette


Class Four: Rapid Infantry Fortifications

Fisher’s Hill rifle trenches and traces, 19th Corps rifle trenches at Cedar Creek, including the "reversed line."


Class Five: Communication and Supply

Several excavations on Maryland Heights were probable supply caches.

Military roads accessing batteries.


Class Six: Internal Works

Magazines and/or bombproofs and gun platforms associated with Naval

Battery, 100-pounder battery, 30-pounder Battery, Fort Duncan, Star Fort.

Traverses at Fort Duncan. Winter hut sites directly integrated with several fortifications on Maryland Heights


Class Seven: Personal Field Shelter

Foxholes and slit trenches at Fisher’s Hill.


Class Eight: Defenses of Convenience

Kernstown stone fences. Sunken road at Cedar Creek (drive by). Rock

ledges, outcroppings, quarry pits overlooking Burnside Bridge, and The

Sunken Road at Antietam.