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 25, 2016


The Sacrifice of the 16th Maine

John Hoptak

(For Members Only)
if are not a member and you wish to join this walk, you may choose to make a "free will" donation to the Preservation Fund (for those not wishing to become members) or pay the prorated fee for new members and join the Roundtable ($10.00). Please see Lynn Heller before the walk begins.

On the afternoon of July 1, 1863, the 275 members of the 16th Maine Infantry were asked to sacrifice themselves in order to procure precious time for General John Robinson to pull his division off of Oak Ridge. This program will meet at the Oak Ridge tower at 6 PM and from there we will walk to the Peace Light, back to the Tower, and along the length of Oak Ridge, as we examine the actions of the 16th Maine. The focus will be on the 16th Maine although a summary of the First Day’s battle will also be presented. 

This program will meet at the Oak Ridge tower at 6 PM.

HoptakPLEASE NOTE...In case of rain:
John Hoptak will present The 48th Pa., and the Digging of the Petersburg Mine indoors at the GAR Hall at 6 PM

John Hoptak is currently employed as an Interpretive Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park, having previously worked for eight seasons at the Antietam National Battlefield. He is the author of several books including The Battle of South Mountain and Confrontation at Gettysburg.

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. Our summer meetings are for members only and are in the field starting at 6:00 p.m. Please note the meeting location of each meeting.

As summer approaches, inclement weather may threaten people safely attending a meeting. If a meeting is cancelled or moved to the GAR Hall due to weather, information will be posted on this website and on Facebook page "Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable" after 3 pm. You may also call the President after 3 pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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Hilda Koontz, Larry Korczyk, Dale Molina, Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Roger Heller, 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.



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.


Ed Hamilton Wins Cal Doucette Achievement Award

At the April Roundtable meeting it was announced that Ed Hamilton is this year’s winner of the Cal Doucette Achievement Award.

Among the criteria considered in determining the award winner are: a candidate’s activities which enhance the visitor experience at Gettysburg National Military Park and activities which contribute to the Park’s preservation and maintenance. Ed’s volunteer work certainly make him a worthy recipient.

Since 1997 Ed has been a member of the Park Watch Patrol, an organization which acts as the eyes and ears of the Protection Rangers. Ed has observed and reported incidents of vandalism, assisted at numerous events, worked on special details, and helped with training new Park Watch volunteers. On one occasion he observed an act of vandalism and reported it to the Rangers who responded quickly to apprehend the offenders. Ed has discovered marijuana use in the Park and has spotted people hiding from the Rangers after hours.

In 2009 Ed moved to the south end of the Park and decided to walk the Park roads for exercise. He was dismayed by the amount of litter found along the roads and in the fields, so he decided to take action and become the Park’s “trash man.” He established five different routes each six miles long, and in 2011 he decided to keep a detailed record of his activities just for fun. That year he walked 961 miles picking up 165 full bags of litter, 1,140 soda and beer cans and 325 bottles. Ed estimates that over the years of this service he walked in excess of 2,500 miles, picked up 4,500 bottles and cans as well as 500 bags of trash. In his walks Ed has found drug paraphernalia, including needles and cocaine.

Between patrolling for Park Watch and walking on his trash routes, Ed has over 5,000 volunteer hours in the Park, but he says that the most rewarding part of his job is helping people. Ed has found folks lost in the Park after dark, helped find lost pets, recovered lost property, and helped in many other ways. When folks are the beneficiaries of many of these activities they have the opportunity of thanking Ed directly; however, the great majority of the hundreds of thousands of folks who drive through the Park and see the hallowed fields free of trash and litter do so without realizing their enjoyment is due to Ed’s hard work, and for this we are happy to present him with the Cal Doucette Achievement Award. Please join us at our September 22 meeting when we present Ed with his award.


Hello Friends!

Hello Friends!

We are about to commemorate the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg; and as we reflect upon the sacrifice and heroic deeds large and small, soldier and civilian, young and old that forever transformed our fields and village into this most hallowed ground, I could think of no other words that capture the reverence each one of us feels about This Place Called Gettysburg...

- Lynn


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