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


April 24, 2014


Showdown in the Shenandoah:
The 1864 Valley Campaign

Eric Campbell

April 24 , 2014

This program will provide an overview of the fall 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign, from the appointment of Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan to Union command in early August, through the eve of the Battle of Cedar Creek in mid-October. This includes an overview of the situation in the Valley in the late summer of 1864, a comparison of the opposing armies (Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s Confederate Army of the Valley and Sheridan’s Army of the Shenandoah), along with a description of the campaign itself, including the battles of Third Winchester (September 19th), Fisher’s Hill (September 22nd) and Tom’s Brook (October 9th), and the devastation of the Valley by Sheridan’s army, known simply as “The Burning.” The program will also put the campaign within the overall context of the military and political situation in the fall of 1864. This program will also set up the Roundtable’s visit to Cedar Creek in May.

EricCampbellEric Campbell is the Chief of Interpretation at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. He has worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service for over 28 years, 23 of those at Gettysburg National Military Park (along with previous assignments at Independence National Historical Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site). He has also authored over two dozen articles and essays for scholarly publications and his book, ‘A Grand Terrible Dramma’: From Gettysburg to Petersburg, The Civil War Letters of Charles Wellington Reed, was published by Fordham University Press in 2000.

Eric’s responsibilities at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP include overseeing the planning for future interpretation at the park, including the development of ranger-lead programs, the opening of a Visitor Contact Station (including interpretive exhibits and a 4x10 foot fiber optic map of the Battle of Cedar Creek), developing interpretive trails, brochures, exhibits, the park website, podcasts and other interpretive media and infrastructure. He and his staff are currently busy preparing special programs and events for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign later this year.

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Kendra Debany .......................................President

Doug Cooke ................................................Vice President

Lynn Heller ..................................................Secretary

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Linda Seamon, Larry Plymire, Don Sangirardi, Roger Heller, Ron Rock, Hilda Koontz, and Cindy King (past President)

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm in the back room at the Avenue Restaurant. 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. The July meeting will be on July 17, 2014.



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

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.


First Doucette Achievement Award Winner Announced

The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable would like to announce the ἀrst winner of the Cal Doucette Achievement Award, and she is Joan Pore of Gettysburg. Please see the article in the March-April Newsletter for more information on Joan and the Cal Doucette Acheivement Award. Joan will be presented her award at the April 24th meeting. Please join us in congratulating Joan on her Award.

Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Plantation

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Our chartered Wolf’s tour bus will leave the Gettysburg WalMart parking lot promptly at 7:00 AM. Please arrive 15 minutes early and park in the southeast corner of the lot nearest Wendy’s. Our guide, Eric Campbell, will lead the tour of the Cedar Creek battlefield in the morning and we will tour Belle Grove Plantation in the afternoon. Be prepared for a busy day rain or shine. Lunch is a choice of an Italian or a turkey hoagie. Water, soda, and snacks will be available on the bus. We expect to return to the Gettysburg WalMart by 6:00 PM. The cost for the trip, which includes lunch, admission, and gratuities, is $75 per person. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Sorry...no refunds can be given after April 26.

For the flyer and the sign up form, please click here. (You will need Acrobat Reader to view the form.)

Spring!!! Spring!!! Spring!!!

It can’t come soon enough!

The beginning of spring means that the terms for some of our Board Members will soon come to an end. I am happy to report that Roger Heller and Linda Seamon have both agreed to stay on with the Board for another term. Thank you both!

On a sadder note, I am announcing that Doug Cooke will not be rejoining us for another term as Vice President when his current term expires at the end of April. We will be sad to see him go but understand that his work and travel schedule preclude him from devoting the amount of time he would like to the position.

This means that we are now actively looking for someone to fill his spot. Is that person you? The Vice President plays an important role in our Roundtable, as this person is responsible for putting together our programs and finding speakers, which reflects on us as a group. The VP is also responsible for contributing information on upcoming speakers to the newsletter, and contributing additional articles as well. In addition to the VP position, we are also looking for someone to fill an empty Board seat. If either of these positions sound like something you would be interested in, please contact Ron Rock, head of our Election Committee, at raprock1@comcast.net.

Happy Spring everyone!

- Kendra


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