Welcome to the Civil War Roundtable of Gettysburg. "The most important Roundtable, in the most important small town, at the most important battlefield, in the most important country in the world."
—Joe Mieczkowski, past president


August 24, 2017


WITH DIRECTIONS TO FEEL THE ENEMY: Sickles’ Reconnaisance of Pitzer Woods

Caitlin Kostic Brown

Much attention and discussion have been paid to General Daniel Sickles’ controversial move to the Peach Orchard on July 2, 1863. However, the men responsible for influencing Sickles to make that fateful of forward are often overlooked and misunderstood. This pro-gram will discuss the important and influential role the Ist United States Sharpshooter Regiment had on the Union 3rd Corps and subsequently the entire Army of the Potomac on July 2.

We will meet at 6:00 PM in the Peach Orchard proper. PLEASE NOTE: in case of inclement weather the program will take place on August

PLEASE NOTE: in case of inclement weather the program will take place on August 31st.

CAITLIN BROWN graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in May 2011 with a bachelors degree in History and from Shippensburg University in May 2013 with a masters in Applied History. Caitlin interned at GNMP in the summer of 2010 and has worked as a seasonal ranger with the National Park Service since 2011. In 2014, she was detailed to the NPS Sesquisentennial Social Media Team. She and her husband live in Cashtown.

Our meetings are the Fourth Thursday of each month.

From September to May, we meet at the GAR Building, 53 East Middle Street. Light refreshments and conversation starting at 6:30 pm, the program starting at 7.

Whenever severe weather is predicted, program information can be found on the roundtable website and Facebook page after 3 PM or you can call Lynn at 717-398-2072.

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Lynn Heller .............................................President

Kendra Debaney.....................................Vice President

Eleanor Cingire Bilz...........................Recording Secretary

Linda Seamon...............................Membership Secretary

David Diner...................................................Treasurer

Roger Heller .......................................Program Director

Linda Joswick .............................................Webmaster

Dave Joswick......................................Newsletter Editor










Ellie Cingire Bilz, David Diner, Fred Hawthorne, Lynn Heller, Roger Heller, Hilda Koontz, Dale Molina, Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Linda Seamon, Kendra Debany (past president)

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm at Perkins Restaurant in Gettysburg. If you would like to eat before the meeting, please arrive by 6:00 pm. Board meetings are the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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Plaque Committee:
Reviews and places plaques on buildings that existed during the Battle in Adams County. For information or an application, contact Deb Novotny.

Book Award Committee:
Review books for the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award.

Field Trip Committee:
Plan future trips for the members of the Civil War Roundtable.

If you are interested in more information, or joining, one the committees, please contact any Officer or Board Member.


Gettysburg CWRT New Meeting Time in September

Beginning with our September meeting…a new starting time: Doors open at 6:30 PM for refreshments; meeting
begins at 7 PM.

Finfrock is Doucette Achievement Award winner

Barbara Finfrock’s 24 years of tireless labor have had a significant impact on making the Gettysburg National Military Park what it is today. For all her accomplishments, the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table would like to thank her by selecting Barbara as this year’s Cal Doucette Achievement Award winner.

The Cal Doucette Achievement Award, was created in memory of a CWRT Board member who felt that recognition should be given to honor people who do something special for the Park and for the study of Civil War history. Barbara has been doing something special for years, and although we will be presenting her with a plaque at our September 22 meeting, in reality (with apologies to General Sickles), the whole Battlefield is Barbara’s monument. Please try to attend. Read more...


Hello Friends!

July is always such a special time for us Gettysburg enthusiasts! We remember the soldiers, the battle, the civilians, the aftermath, all year long. But every year during these three days in July the titanic events of 1863 that were to change the lives of so many thousands, become crystalized in our minds and hearts. I continue to thank goodness for my good fortune in belonging to our wonderful roundtable, where we find joy in our friendships and share a love of learning. I am honored to serve as President again for another term.

There was a time that I didn’t even know what a roundtable was! There was a time that I had never been to Gettysburg! But Ken Burns, Civil War Journal, and Bruce Catton began to creep into my life. The sparks began to grow, and suddenly, I was hooked!

I began to visit Gettysburg every chance I got, from my New Jersey home. I didn’t know anyone except the manager of the Budget Host Motel! My co workers would say…“you’re going there again?” They didn’t get it. I was delighted to find the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable, when Chuck Teague was President. The welcoming nature of everyone drew me back whenever I could get there, and I began to make some friends!

Gradually I found groups to tour the battlefield with, and I was in heaven! On one of these bus tours I happened to sit next to a very nice fellow named Roger Heller. We got along just fine and, by 2008, we were married!…and still getting along just fine!

So, my friends, enjoy the summer on the battlefield, especially the remaining two “on the field” RT programs in July and August! And continue to celebrate our lucky stars for having this roundtable!


- Lynn


September 28
Back in the GAR Hall.
Refreshments at 6:30

How Mental Trauma and Insanity
Were Treated During the Civil War
Kathleen Logothetis Thompson


October 26
Raised from Obscurity:
The Calvary Battles of Aldie, Middleburg
and Upperville on the Road to Gettysburg

Kevin Pawlak


November 16
The Other Gettysburg Address
David Dixon


December 7
Members Holiday Party
Dobbin House



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