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


Holiday Banquet: December 7, 2017



Pat Falci

The movie Gettysburg will be 25 years old in 2018. Based upon the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Killer Angels written by Michael Shaara, the movie has become a
favorite in the Civil War community.

Our speaker, Patrick Falci, played the role of Confederate General A. P. Hill in the film and worked for years as a historical consultant to the film maker, Ron Maxwell. Pat Falci was, therefore, in a unique position to participate in and observe the making of the film.

Mr. Falci will discuss the film from it’s conception to completion. He will discuss how some of the actors in the film and others did not get those roles.

He will also include anecdotes from the filming and dis- cuss the involvement of Ted Turner in the project.

Expect a “behind the scenes” look at the making of the movie and an evening of historical entertainment.

Pat Falci gained fame not only for his role as the General A.P. Hill, from Gettysburg, but also as director/screenwriter Ron Maxwell’s historical advisor for both that movie and Gods and Generals. Pat provided casting director Joy Todd and the actors with photographs and research for both films and even scouted out locations in Maryland and took Maxwell on a Stonewall Jackson tour of Civil War battlefields and other histor- ical sites. Pat, a native of Astoria, played Rough Rider #2 in pro- ducer/actor Tom Berenger’s film of the same name, served as Jeff Shaara’s historical advisor, provid- ing research and tours of Civil War sites portrayed in his books, and vetted John Jakes’s manuscripts for On Secret Service and Charleston, at its editor’s request.

He has spoken at countless CWRTs throughout the country and has wowed them consistently. He is the recipient of the CWRT/ NY Distinguished Service Award, the Fort A.P. Hill Command- er’s Award for Excellence, the U.S. Army M.D. of Washington, D.C. Commanding General’s Award, the U.D.C. Jefferson Davis Histor- ical Gold Medal, and the S.U.V. Commander’s Award for Excellence. In addition to these honors, he has earned a commission of Colonel from the Common- wealth of Kentucky.

For 19 years now, Patrick has been the face of General Ambrose Powell Hill. Before that, he was a Civil War re-enactor for another 15 years with the 14th Tennessee Archer’s Brigade, Hill’s Light Di- vision and he has been immersed in the history of the “War Between the States” for even longer.

Ever since the movie Gettysburg, where Patrick created the role of Hill, he has been enlightening the public about “Lee’s Forgot- ten General.” In fact he joined the Museum of the Confederacy in the unveiling of Hill’s 13th Virginia regimental flag, which he helped raise over $10,000 to restore. Hill’s wife Dolly made the flag, in part from her own wedding dress, and the restoration was a project dear to Patrick’s heart.

It’s the same love of preservation that has prompted a lifetime membership in the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), talks on Civil War subjects throughout the country, and a school program called “The Life and Times of the Civil War Soldier.” He was the first 3-time president of the Civ- il War Round Table of New York, traveling to places like Richmond. where he delivered a speech for the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) on Lee’s Bicentennial, Janu- ary 19. 2007. You might even have caught him as a keynote speaker at Grant’s Tomb and he is an hon- orary member of the Virginia SCV.

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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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










Ellie Cingire Bilz, David Diner, Fred Hawthorne, Lynn Heller, Roger Heller, Hilda Koontz, Dale Molina, Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Linda Seamon, 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.

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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.


Holiday Party December 7

Dobbin House 6 pm

Reservations required by Wednesday, November 29.

Order form or pay online here.


CWRT Field Trip - April 28, 2018

We will follow the route of Confederate General Jubal Early from Gettysburg to the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville and Columbia and then the return trip Early took back to Gettysburg.

Among the stops we will make are:

  • Abbottstown
  • Hanover Junction
  • Penn Park
  • Wrightsville
  • Columbia
  • Big Mount
We will spend considerable time discussing and learning about the Susquehanna River Bridge from Wrightsville to Columbia, the Great Fire, and it's impact on the Gettysburg Campaign.


Greetings Friends!

It seems as if every season in Gettysburg gives us something to look forward to! With this November newsletter we still have some lovely Autumn colors to enjoy, and the crisp, yet not too cold, weather. A great time to do some battlefield stomping!

The many events surrounding President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is always a special time for those lucky enough to be in ‘the most famous small town in America’ during these iconic days.

November 18

  • Annual Remembrance Day Parade honoring the soldiers and civilians of the Civil War; 1 PM.
  • Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital, Christ Lutheran Church; 7:30 P.M.

  • Remembrance Illumination at the Soldier’s National Cemetery.

November 19

  • Dedication Day Ceremonies at Soldier’s National Cemetery, 10 AM. Keynote address: Harold Holzer, one of the nation’s foremost Lincoln experts.

December 7

  • Roundtable annual Holiday Dinner at the Historic Dobbin House; 6 PM.
  • Announcement of the 2017 GCWRT Book Award winner.

Thanks to all of you loyal members and amazing Board of Directors, that make our roundtable so special – from your generous preservation donations; the help you offer in setting up the AV equipment; all your yummy refreshments; and the great spirit and conversation you bring to all of our meetings. I am honored to be your president.

I wish you all a Holiday Season filled with happiness, health, and the warmth and love of family and friends.

Best, - Lynn


January 25
The Battle of Falling Waters
George Franks


February 22
Gettysburg Confederates
Tom McMillan


March 22
CWRT Book Award Winner Author


April 26
Background for CWRT Field Trip
Civil War History of York County, PA

Scott MIngus


May 24
West Point Class of 1862
Brian McEnany


June 28
(Rain Date: July 12)
Confederate Sharpshooters in the Gettysburg Streets
Jarrad Fuoss


July 26
(Rain Date: August 2)
The Battle for the Seminary
Benjamin Neely


August 23
(Rain Date: August 30)
Camp Colt
Paul Shevchuk


September 27
Civil War Medical and Surgical Techniques
Peter D'Onofrio


October 25
96th PA Volunteers
David Ward


General Jacob Cox and the Battle of Franklin
Gene Schmiel


Members Holiday Party
Dr. Carol Reardon




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