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


April 28, 2016


Fighting the Civil War:
Historical Treasures of the Conflict in the Collection of the National Civil War Museum

Wayne Motts

NCWMOpened in 2001, The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is one of the largest museum in the country dedicated to telling the complete story of the war from the viewpoint of both sides. The museum holds more than 4,000 three dimensional artifacts and over 21,000 archival items including manuscripts, diaries, letters, photographic images, newspapers, and correspondence dating from 1861-1865. Join the museum’s CEO Wayne Motts on a journey of the history of the war illustrated by some of the nations’ rarest surviving Civil War artifacts in the museum’s collection.

WayneMottsWayne E. Motts holds two degrees in history and has been a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park for twenty-eight years. In 2005 he was named executive director of the Adams County Historical Society located in Gettysburg, a position he held for seven years. He is currently the CEO of The National Civil War Museum
(www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org) in Harrisburg, PA. He is the co-author (with James Hessler) of
Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History. He is a life member of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable.

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 available.

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.

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 Members!

Only 19 days until Spring! That means looking forward to redbuds on the battlefield, green leaves, and robins! A wonderful time to enjoy Gettysburg on the battlefield and in the Greatest Small Town in America!

Writing this letter is always a good time to thank everyone for their support in making ours a wonderful roundtable – to you the members for continually coming out for the meetings, and giving so generously towards our preservation efforts; for those members who live a great distance from Gettysburg & cannot regularly attend meetings, yet continue to support the RT; for the dedicated board members and officers who always go the extra mile; Linda and Dave Joswick for providing our excellent web page, newsletter, and certificates of appreciation; Bill Hewitt for donating the beautiful witness tree frames; Donald Sangirardi who has donated the GAR Hall ornaments given to our speakers, and those of you who have donated books & items for our monthly book raffle. As you can see, we would have no roundtable at all if it weren’t for all of you!

We would strongly like to encourage all members who receive their newsletter by mail, to consider switching to an email delivery. Seeing this beautiful document in full color is a far superior experience than plain old black and white. And you can always print yourself a copy for your records. If you are not sure if Membership Secretary Linda Seamon has your email address, please send it to her at llseamon@aol.com. And by changing to an email delivery, you will help decrease the roundtable’s operating expenses, and reduce the time and effort it takes to complete the copying and mailing. Thanking you in advance!

Think Spring!!

- Lynn


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 1
Holiday Banquet
Garry Adelman

Civil War Photography




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