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 23, 2018


This program will get underway at 6 PM. Park behind Pickett’s Buffet along the west side of Johns Avenue. Car-pooling is suggested as space may be limited. Please bring water, insect repellent, and wear long sleeves and pants to deter ticks. Folding chairs are also welcome for those who need to sit as the tour will be stationary at times. The group will gather in the grassy area near the corner of Johns Avenue and Long Lane.

RAIN DATE August 30

Camp Colt

Paul Shevchuk

Paul Shevchuk will discuss Eisenhower’s background prior to his command of Camp Colt, the layout of the Tank Corps camp, many of the structures that no longer exist using historic photographs, and an overall narrative of its nine-month existence. The importance of the Camp Colt experience to Eisenhower’s future military career will also be examined. Please allow 1½ to 2 hours duration for the program.

Paul Shevchuk’s life-long interest in American history stemmed from his early years surrounded by the rich colonial and Revolutionary War history of the lowshere he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in American History. In the spring of 1978, he accepted a position as a seasonal park ranger with the National Park Service at Gettysburg National Military Park. Two years later, he was selected as a permanent park ranger to staff the new Eisenhower National Historic Site. Over the next decade he served as a ranger-historian and interpreter at both parks. During this period he also authored six monographs on little-known cavalry engagements during the Battle of Gettysburg for the Gettysburg Magazine. He also wrote the introduction to a reprint of A History of Company K, 1st Pennsylvania Reserves by Thomas Publications. After 35 years of continuous service, including twenty-four years as a museum professional caring for the Park’s famous Rosensteel Collection, he retired on January 3, 2014.

In his retirement, Paul continues to volunteer at the Eisenhower Farm with such events as the annual WW2 Weekend and USO Dance. Since 2012, he has been researching and writing a book on Eisenhower’s experiences during the Great War, from his graduation at West Point in 1915 to his successful command of Camp Colt three years later. This work is ongoing.

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










Fred Hawthorne, Roger Heller, Hilda Koontz, Dale Molina, Bill Myers, Larry Plymire

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm at Perkins Restaurant in Gettysburg. If you would like to eat before the meeting, please arrive by 5:30 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.


Heads up for the August
In-the-Field programs

Please take note of our Roundtable’s upcoming programs over the summer. Make your plans now to attend:

August 23: Paul Shevchuk – Camp Colt. We will meet in the old visitor center parking lot across from the National Cemetery parking lot. RAIN DATE: Thursday August 30.

All programs begin at 6 PM. Details will be in the July/August

News from 'round the TABLE

  • Thanks to all of you who have switched your newsletter delivery from regular mail to email.
  • In the spirit of us all getting to know each other better, Lynn would like to receive a short biography—three sentences!—from each person, so that she can briefly introduce one member, who is in attendance, at each meeting. She will read them in the order received, so if you would like to participate, please email Lynn: lynnheller7577@gmail.com, or hand her your bio at a meeting. Include whatever you would like the group to know about you. Thank you!
  • Anyone willing to help set up and clean up the Refreshment Table for the May meeting, please contact Lynn by email or call 717-398- 2072.
  • A great deal of thanks to Ron Rock, who has served the Roundtable for many years…as a board member, chair of the Nominating Committee, and chair of the Cal Doucette Achievement Award Committee. He has stepped down from these leadership roles, having done done an outstanding job in all these capacities. We truly appreciate his care and devotion to the roundtable, and will continue to enjoy seeing him at our monthly meetings.


Hello, Friends!!

July in Gettysburg! How sweet it is!

As you are receiving this newsletter, The free Sacred Trust Talks are already in progress at the Visitor’s Center. They will be held July 1, 2, and 3, with a very interesting line up of speakers.

Three spectacular advantages of being a member of our roundtable, are our three outstanding “in the field” programs, June, July, and August. I hope you were able to attend Jarrad Fuoss’ most interesting tour of the skirmishing at the southern end of town during the battle, and the experiences of the civilians, as they had to endure the harrowing struggle going on around their homes. The details of the July and August tours appear in this newsletter: Don’t forget to bring water & bug spray! Start time: 6:00 PM.

If you would like to bring a guest to any of these summer tours, (free for members), please suggest to them that a small donation to our Preservation Fund would be appreciated. I will be making this announcement at the beginning of the tour.

  • July 26: Benjamin Neely – The Battle for the Seminary. Rain date: August 2 (see page 1 for details).
  • August 23: Paul Shevchuk – Camp Colt; Rain date August 30 (see page 1 for details).
If there is concern about the weather on these days, please check our Facebook page, or you may call me at 717-398-2072 after 3:00 PM.

As decided at our May Board meeting, and announced at our meeting on May 24th, we will no longer be having refreshments at our indoor meetings. If you have questions about the status of your membership, please email Linda Seamon: llseamon@aol.com

The next newsletter will be coming your way on September 1st. If you have an interest in presenting a five minute “show and tell” at any of our indoor meetings, please contact Al Ferranto: 2wisvol@gmail.com.

Don’t forget that our indoor meetings start at 7:00 PM.

See you on the field!

- Lynn


September 27
Civil War Medical and Surgical Techniques
Peter D'Onofrio


October 25
96th PA Volunteers
David Ward


General Jacob Cox and the Battle of Franklin
Gene Schmiel


Members Holiday Party
Dr. Carol Reardon




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