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 25, 2019



James S. Pula

It is very difficult to find historians who have written anything positive about the Eleventh Corps. Blamed for the Union disaster at Chancellorsville, branded as cowards who ran from the field at the first fire, generations of historians have competed to find just the right words of condemnation when describing the corps. Gettysburg was no different. Writers as prominent as Edwin Coddington, the “dean” of Gettysburg scholars, have portrayed the efforts of the Eleventh Corps as once again lacking. Reflecting on this negative image in the postwar years, Sgt. James H. Peabody of the 61st Ohio wrote that “The burning shame of that stigma has followed us nearly twenty-eight years, and will follow us on to the grave, and still on to the end of time.” In this illustrated presentation, James S. Pula, author of Under the Crescent Moon, a two-volume history of the Eleventh Corps, will offer evidence that the corps contributed much more to the Union victory in July 1863 than is generally recognized.

JAMES S. PULA is a professor of history at Purdue University Northwest and editor of Gettysburg Magazine. His books include For Liberty and Justice: A Biography of Brigadier General Wlodzimierz B. Krzyzanowski; The Sigel Regiment: A History of the 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry; the two volume Under the Crescent Moon With the XI Corps in the Civil War; Thaddeus Kosciuszko: The Purest Son of Liberty; Polish Americans: An Ethnic Community, and The Polish American Encyclopedia. He was three times awarded the Oskar Halecki Prize for outstanding books as well as the Gambrinus Prize in History from the Milwaukee County Historical Society, Honorary Membership in the Iron Brigade Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

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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.


Thank you to all who signed up.

Annual Spring Excursion 2019

The Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville

The Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville, Virginia were hree large cavalry actions that were part of the Gettysburg Campaign. Alde was fought on June 17, 1863, Middleburg on June 19, and Upperville on June 21. They would become one of the largest cavalry actions involving Jeb Stuart’s forces of the Confederate cavalry and Alfred Pleasanton’s title cavalry during the entire war.

The battles were fought because Robert E. Lee was moving into a second invasion of the North, leaving the Culpepper area with Gen. Ewell in the lead, followed by Gen. A.P. Hill who would be disengaging from the Fredericksburg. They crossed west of Culpepper, Chester Gap, and moved north, down the Valley to move across the Potomac with Gen. Longstreet’s Corps coming on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains and his corps was to cross at Ashby’s Gap and Snickersville Gap, both prominent gaps in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Union Gen. Joseph Hooker got word of the movement, Win- chester would fall on June 14 from Ewell’s 30,000 man corps and Washington became increasingly concerned as to what Lee’s intentions were going to be, and so word went out to the Federal cavalry to find out and bring back intelligence to matter what the cost might be.

Our guide will be Kevin Pawlak. the Director of Education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association and a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam National
Battlefield. Kevin also sits on the Board of Directors of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association and the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. He is also on the advisory board of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University, his alma mater.

You download the Registration Flyer to mail in or pay online on the Excursion page.


Hello, Friends!

I can hardly believe this will be my last letter as your President! It’s been an honor to have been in this role for the past four years. You are a wonderful membership, and your smiling faces and enthusiasm at each meeting are what makes our roundtable so special. You are engaged with one another, and the lively camaraderie is a joy to behold!. I have seen you introduce yourselves to guests or new members, which makes such a difference to someone who may not know anyone in the room.

Thanks to those of you who have volunteered to present a short “Show and Tell”, which always adds interesting information to our programs. I hope you will contact Al Ferranto at 2wisvol@gmail.com if you would like to do a presentation. I have always appreciated your willingness to help in what may seem like small things—closing the screen, turning off and on the lights, unfolding chairs—but all contribute to the overall flow of our meetings. I would especially like to thank Richard Mancini, who is always there early to help set up the AV equipment, and to set up my complicated (to me) microphone system, and somehow is able to figure out the 3 miles of electrical cords!

Your participation in the book raffle and your generous free will donations at each meeting enable us to contribute to worthy Civil War projects and organizations. Our most recent donation was $500 to HGAC, owners of the GAR Hall. Our money will be used to rehabilitate the front door, which has fallen into disrepair. Thank you all!

I heartily thank the Board of Directors and the Committee Chairs and members and the Support Staff, for their ever-present willingness to do what has to be done, their vital input and ideas, and often going ‘above and beyond’ in their dedication. Each one, past and present, has brought value and quality to our roundtable.

I know you will welcome your new President with all the kindness and support you have given me. You folks ROCK!

Best always, - Lynn


May 23
153rd Pennsylvania
Jeffrey Stocker


June 27
Tour of the GNMP Cannon Shop
Lucas Flickinger


July 25
The Battle of the Peach Orchard
James Hessler


August 22
East Cavalry Field
Chris Army


September 26
Thomas W. Colley's Civil War Experience in the 1st VA Cav.
Dr. Michael Shaffer


October 24
The Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham
Jan Croon


November 21
George Gordon Meade
Dr. Jennifer Murray


December 12
Members Holiday Party
The Park and It's History
Benjamin Dixon



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4th Annual Berks History Conference - April 13, 2019.

4th annual gathering for history enthusiasts featuring 4 informative lectures that explore Berks County’s involvement in the Civil War.
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