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


May 23, 2019


153RD PA REG. & The Battle of Gettysburg

Jeffrey Stocker

In his presentation, Mr. Stocker will give the background of the men and boys who served in the 153rd Pennsylvania, correct some misimpressions about the regiment and its make-up, and talk about the unit’s participation in the battle of Gettysburg, concentrating on several members of the regiment who suffered death or wounds during the fighting.

Jeffrey D. Stocker graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1980 with a B. A. in History, and is a 1983 graduate of the James Beasley School of Law at Temple University.  Mr. Stocker is the editor of From Huntsville to Appomattox, Robert T. Coles History of the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, which was published by the University of Tennessee Press as part of its Voices of the Civil War series.  Together with Edwin Root, he is also the author of “Isn’t This Glorious,” the 15th, 19th and 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiments at Gettysburg’s Copse of Trees, winner of the 2006 Bachelder-Coddington award.  His most recent book is We Fought Desperate, a history of the 153rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, published in 2014.  A past president of the Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Pennsylvania, Inc., Mr. Stocker resides in Center Valley, PA, with his wife Marliese Walter and several pets.

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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Bruce Davis ..............................................President

Hilda Koontz............................................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

Lynn Heller.................................Facebook Administrator











Fred Hawthorne (5/20), Roger Heller (5/22), Joe Mieczkowski 5/22), Peter Miele (5/21) Dale Molina (5/20), Bill Myers (5/21)
Board Member Ex Officio:
Larry Plymire, Past President: Lynn Heller (5/21)

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.


Greetings to all...

My name is Bruce Davis and this is my first communication as the newly-elected President of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable. If you’re saying “Bruce Who?” I completely understand, as I only joined the group last fall. Sitting in the back row of the GAR Hall, I heard Lynn Heller asking for nominations of people to serve as president. I was too new to even know of anyone to nominate, though it did occur to me the job sounded like fun. I read a written notice to the same effect, then heard Lynn reiterating that the group still needed someone to step up as president. As the Civil War generation was not averse to speaking Biblically, neither shall I be: Like Isaiah, hearing the voice of the Lord, “Whom shall I send?”; I said, with no small amount of trepidation, “Here I am, Lynn, use me!”—quick to add that if a more veteran member—which would include most anyone else—stepped up, I would quickly withdraw my name from consideration. Well, here I am!

I like to think this is service to which I am well-suited. I recently retired after 44 years of United Methodist ministry, most of that spent leading large membership multi-staff congregations. My wife Nancy is herself an ordained Methodist pastor. We had been in Omaha, Nebraska, for thirteen years and had no intention of enduring another winter on the plains. With children and grandchildren spread out from the Mountain West to the Bordeaux wine region of France, we had our pick of places to retire—and chose Gettysburg. I first experienced Gettysburg in childhood, traipsing battlefields with my father, and had been a frequent visitor since. While Nancy’s interest in the Civil War is limited, she was very attracted to the town itself, the physical beauty of the region, and proximity to the great cities of the east. We count ourselves very blessed to be here.

I suspect one of the reasons no one was stepping up for the Roundtable presidency was full-knowledge that Lynn Heller would be a tough act to follow. Frankly, I told Lynn I thought the Roundtable would be best served if she continued in the job, but she explained that she was up against term limits which had already been extended. Happily, she’ll continue to serve on the board; as I understand it, most all the present board members will continue, which is incredibly welcome. Lynn has kindly offered every encouragement, including coordination of the Christmas event. (Not being a party planner, myself, I am particularly glad of that.) I’ve told Lynn, I’ve told those Board members I’ve met, and I’ll tell you: Given my newness to the organization, I’ll be depending on a lot of input and suggestion. My preferred method of correspondence is e-mail, the address: brdgettysburg@gmail.com. I like putting names and faces together, and toward that end invite you to “Friend” me on Facebook. Please know that I will take stewardship of the Roundtable very seriously and that I look forward to serving with each of you.



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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