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


February 25, 2016


Gettysburg Religion

Dr. Steve Longenecker

LongeneckerGettysburg Religion will explore the religious history of this little town and the surrounding region during the antebellum and Civil War eras. The presentation will focus on the interaction of religion with the broader culture, including the great conflict in July, 1863. Gettysburg religion teaches that America’s most famous small town and the surrounding region were surprisingly diverse and modern, signaling future patterns for all of America.

Steve Longenecker is the Edwin L. Turner Distinguished Professor of History at Bridgewater College. He holds a B.S. degree from nearby Shippensburg University, and a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University. He has published numerous books and
articles, including
Shenandoah Religion: Outsiders and the Mainstream, 1716-1865 (Baylor University Press), and most recently Gettysburg Religion: Refinement, Diversity, and Race in the Antebellum and Civil War Border North (Fordham University Press).

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 winter approaches, inclement weather may threaten people safely attending a meeting. If a meeting is cancelled due to weather, information will be sent to the local radio station before 3 pm. Announcements will be made on ESPN Radio 1320 AM and WGTY 107.7 FM. You may also call the President after 3 pm.

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

Roger Heller ...........................................Vice President

Fred Hawthorne.....................................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, Don Sangirardi, Linda Seamon, Kendra Debany (past President)

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm in the back room at Hoss's Steak & Sea House. 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, September, and November. The Board meets on the third Thursday in July.



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.


Information on Unity Park

At the November meeting, the board announced that $500 from the Preservation Fund would be donated to Andrew Adam to help defray the cost of building and maintaining Unity Park. The Basket collection of $70 was also earmarked for this project.Thank you all for your generosity.

If you would like to help the family with the cost of Unity Park, please visit www.unitypark2015.org. A PDF describing the park is avaiable.

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)


The bus trip will include a special tour of the National Civil War Museum and the State Museum of PA in Harrisburg. More information to come.

Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award

The CWRTGB Book Award announcement, for books published in 2014, was made at the Holiday Banquet by Larry Plymire, Chairman of the Book Committee.
The recipient is Eric Wittenberg for his book The Devil’s to Pay, John Buford at Gettysburg. Eric was unable to attend the banquet, but will be given his award at the monthly March meeting, when he will also be the speaker for the evening.

The criteria are as follows: the best book published in that year that deals with the battle, town, citizens, or park. Must bring new information to light, and must be researched based. It cannot be a reprint. It must be well written and readable.

Hello Friends!

Looking back on 2015, I think our Roundtable had a spectacular year! Our meetings were all well attended and thanks to you all for being such loyal members. Thanks also to VP Roger Heller for selecting an out- standing slate of speakers.

Some of the highlights from 2015:

Kendra Debany completed her very capable two years as President, and I was honored to step in to that position in April;

JoyceAnn Deal arranged a very enjoyable and informative field trip to Harper’s Ferry with Dennis Frye;

The Annual GBRT Book Award was presented by Roger Heller to Dr. Carol Reardon and Col. Tom Vossler for their innovative and unique 2013 book A Field Guide to Gettysburg; Larry Plymire stepped up to take over the Book Award Committee;

Ron Roc, Chair of the Cal Doucette Achievement Committee presented this award to Bobby and Matt Housch for their excellent Gettysburg Daily production.

We enjoyed three awesome summer “on the field” programs, presented by Tim Smith, Jim Hessler & Wayne Motts, and Rich Kohr.

Our Holiday Banquet at the Dobbin House was a huge success with the announcement by Larry Plymire of the 2015 Book Award winner, Eric Wittenburg, for his John Buford at Gettysburg, and the ever popular Charlie Fennell as guest speaker. It was a very good year!

Special thanks to:

JoyceAnn Deal for her long service to our Roundtable as trea- surer.

Dave Diner, Ron Rock, and Fred Hawthorne for all stepping into interim positions as treasurer and secretary respectively.

John Fuss, who gave freely of his time to conduct a financial audit and a financial statement.

Bill Hewitt who continues to donate his skill as a witness tree frame creator.

Linda and Dave Joswick, for contributing their time and talent for our website and newsletter, The Angle.

The devoted members of the Board of Directors. The work force of our roundtable, who manage to provide excellent ideas and energy, and to give of their time, even with their very busy lives.

Looking ahead, 2016 has a great lineup of speakers, a field trip, three summer programs, and another wonderful banquet. At the February meeting we will be presenting a donation to Andrew Adam, Eagle Scout, and creator of Unity Park. He will give us a brief overview of his project. April elections are around the corner. Would you like to be involved? See Ron Rock, Chair of the Nominating Committee. Wishing a joyous and healthy 2016 to you all!

- Lynn


March 24
Eric Wittenberg
Gettysburg CWRT Book Award Winner

The Devil’s to Pay, John Buford at Gettysburg


April 28
Wayne Motts
Field Trip Orientation


May 26
Dr. Jennifer Murray
GNMP History


June 23
Christopher Gwinn


July 28
Scott Hartwig


August 25
John Hoptak


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 3
Holiday Banquet
Garry Adelman

Civil War Photography




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