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

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May 25, 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Marching Home:
Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War

Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan

Dr. Jordan’s talk will focus on Union veterans and the trials of reintegration after the Civil War. How was it that the men who won the war couldn’t bear the peace that followed? The talk will explore the fraught relationship between veterans and northern civilians and discuss how Billy Yank—tending to rotting wounds, anxious about the future, and haunted by the past—attempted to navigate those confusing months immediately after Appomattox. Hardcover copies of his book, Marching Home, will be available for $25 per copy at the meeting. 

Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan is Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction. Dr. Jordan earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Yale University, where his dissertation (advised by David Blight) received the George Washington Egleston Prize (for best U.S. history dissertation at Yale) and the John Addison Porter Prize (one of Yale’s highest honors). Most recently, he is the author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, named one of three finalists (runners-up) for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History. The book also won the 2016 Governor John Andrew Award from the Union Club of Boston.  

Dr. Jordan serves as the Book Review Editor for The Civil War Monitor, and is the co-editor of the Engaging the Civil War Book Series with Southern Illinois University Press. His more than fifty reviews, articles, and essays have appeared in many popular magazines and scholarly journals. He has addressed Civil War Round Tables in more than twenty states. At present, Dr. Jordan is working on a new biography of Benjamin Butler, among other projects.


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 7 pm, the program starting at 7:30.

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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OFFICERS

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

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BOARD MEMBERS

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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COMMITTEES

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.

EVENT INFORMATION

Gettysburg CWRT Field Trip 2017

A tour of Antietam National Battlefield

with very special guide

Dr. Carol Reardon

May 20, 2017

Join us for a full day on the battlefield for a tour based on her
2016 book, co-authored with Tom Vossler, A Field Guide To Antietam.

More information and Reservation Form.

All seats are filled for this trip.

Hello Friends!

Spring!

Always an exciting time for Gettysburg and for our Roundtable. Saturday, May 20 is our annual field trip – this year the much anticipated visit to Antietam with Dr. Carol Reardon. Please bring your copy of Field Guide to Antietam with you. We end our indoor season on May 25th with a very compelling presentation Marching Home by Dr. Brian Jordan.

Your dues are at work providing you with three free outdoor “battlefield strolls” led by world class historians – LBG Sue Boardman, Rangers Caitlin Kostic Brown, and John Hoptak. Three spectacular advantages of being a roundtable member!

As a result of our elections held in April, we thank Larry Korczyk for his three years of service on the Board, and welcome Fred Hawthorne as he steps into that seat. Thanks to the rest of the Board for renewing and continuing to contribute their time, knowledge, and good humor. Our Board ROCKS!. We are happy to have Kendra signing up for another year as Vice President, and I am honored to serve again for another term as your Prez.

Thanks too for those members who have changed their manner of receiving the newsletter from “snail mail” to email. The savings of costs for postage & copying help us to continue to provide outstanding indoor and outdoor programs. If you would like to receive your newsletter by email and in beautiful color, please contact Linda Seamon at llseamon@aol.com.

Spring in Gettysburg! All’s right with the world! Enjoy!

- Lynn

SPEAKERS

June 22
Sue Boardman
Candy's Brigade

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July 27
John Hoptak

Into the Vortex of the Conflict:
The 12th New Hampshire Infantry at Gettysburg

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August 24
Caitlin Kostic Brown
Berdan’s Sharpshooters

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