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 23, 2017


Sickles Gets Away With Murder

James Hessler

The 1859 murder of U.S. District Attorney Philip Barton Key by Congressman, and future General, Daniel E. Sickles was considered the “trial of the century.” Key was having an affair with Congressman Sickles’ wife and Sickles shot Key dead in front of multiple eyewitnesses. Learn how and why Sickles managed to evade justice. View “Then and Now” images of key crime sites. How does this lead Sickles to Gettysburg? Join us for a session of adultery, murder, and marital advice courtesy of Dan Sickles.

James Hessler has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2003.

His 2009 book Sickles at Gettysburg was awarded the R.E. Lee Civil War Round Table’s “Bachelder Coddington Award” and the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table’s “Distinguished Book Award” as the most outstanding work on the Gettysburg Campaign.

His latest book, Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, was co-authored with Wayne Motts and was released in July 2015. It has been received very favorably by both readers and critics alike as the first battlefield guide ever published on the famous July 3 assault.

Jim was one of the primary content designers for the Civil War Trust’s mobile Gettysburg application and animated maps. He is a frequent speaker at Civil War Round Tables and has taught courses for the Gettysburg Foundation and Harrisburg (PA) Area Community College.

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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)

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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 CWRT Field Trip

May 20, 2017

Antietam Battlefield

More information to come.

Happy New Year Friends!

2016 was a wonderful year for our roundtable! Many new members joined and thanks to all of you who chose to spend so many Thursday evenings with us! Your loyalty is sincerely appreciated. Thanks to Roger Heller for providing a spectacular slate of speakers! And thanks to the board, officers, and support staff for keeping us running a top notch organization.

Our Holiday Banquet this year was one of the best! Thanks to all who attended, and to Mary & Dave Diner, who did a great job of graciously checking in the guests. We were treated to the hospitality and bountiful buffet of the Dobbin House, the presentation of the 2016 Book Award, and the entertaining and informative Civil War Photo Extravaganza by LBG and Historian Garry Adelman. A special thanks to all those who donated to our spectacular Door Prize Table, and congratulation to the winners! Now that we are in the New year, if you haven’t renewed your membership, NOW is the time! Individual membership $30.00/ Family $45.00. Membership: January 1, 2017–December 31, 2017. Your dues must be paid by March 31 in order to continue to be on the membership list, and to receive the newsletter. Rates are prorated for new members that join throughout the year.

2017 is shaping up to be a banner year, with world class speakers, a field trip in May to Antietam with Historian Carol Reardon, and three exciting summer on the field programs. We encourage everyone to participate in the activities of the roundtable, and there are many opportunities to become involved. It Takes a Village to maintain our outstanding and well respected roundtable. Please see me or any member of the Board if you would like to play a part.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2017!

- Lynn


March 23
Tom Ryan - Book Award Honoree
Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign


April 27
Carol Reardon or Tom Bossler

Introduction to the Field Trip to Antietam


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