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


July 28, 2016


The Repulse of Pickett’s Charge

D. Scot Hartwig

(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.

It is often assumed that Pickett’s Charge was doomed from the start and had no chance of success. Any Union soldier who fought the Army of Northern Virginia on previous battlefields knew this was not true. It took more than the advantage of position to stop a major assault by Lee’s veterans.

This is the story of how the Army of the Potomac prevailed on that fateful July 3 afternoon. The walk will introduce the leaders and men of the 1st and 2nd Corps who defended Cemetery Ridge, providing background on their earlier war experience and what they had already been through on July 1 or July 2. From the leaders and men we will examine how they were deployed and why, then discuss the two hour long artillery bombardment and its impact upon the defenders. The walk will conclude with the infantry assault focusing on the dramatic and controversial events that resulted in the defeat of the attack at the Angle. Who were the heroes? Who inflated their role? Who was forgotten by history?

Change in Meeting Location and time:
Meet at the Brian Farm on Hancock Avenue at 5:45 pm

The walk will go as far south as the area of the 20th Massachusetts and 1st Minnesota monuments (their July 3 one). It is a pretty level, easy walk and will cover probably a little over one mile.

PLEASE NOTE...In case of rain:
Scott Hartwig will present his program indoors at the GAR Hall at 6 PM.

D. Scott Hartwig retired from the National Park Service in 2014 after 34 years of service. He was the supervisory historian at Gettysburg NMP and was fundamental in the growth of Gettysburg’s on-site interpretation and living history programming, distance and satellite education efforts, and a key player for the design of all aspects of the new Gettysburg museum/visitor center. He is the author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign from September 3 to September 16, published in September 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press, and is currently working on the second volume, tentatively titled, I Dread The Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam, which covers the battle and end of the Maryland Campaign.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

Linda Joswick .........................................Webmaster

Dave Joswick...........................................Newsletter Editor









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.


Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Field Trip

Save the date! The Spring trip will be on Saturday July 16, 2016. (Please note that this date has changed)

NCWMWe are going to Harrisburg to visit the National Civil War Museum and the Pennsylvania State Museum.

stateThe Pennsylvania State Museum (above) includes four floors of exhibits and displays covering Pennsylvania history from prehistoric times through current events. Among the features are a large collection of artifacts and displays related to the American Civil War, as well as an extensive collection of industrial and technological innovations. There are over three million objects in the museum’s collections.

For more information and to make your reservation, please visit the Field Trip page. Reservations are required by June 23.


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


August 25
John Hoptak
The Sacrifice of the 16th Maine
(for members only)


September 22
Keith Kehlbeck
One Virginia Family


October 27
James Pangburn
Meade's Pursuit After Gettysburg


November 17
Tracey McIntire & Audrey Scanlan-Teller
Women in the Civil War


December 1
Holiday Banquet
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