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


December 6, 2018



Dr. Carol Reardon

Even though I’m now retired from the academic life, I still get asked the same question: “So, what’s the next big project?” I had no good answer for a long while. In recent months, however, I have rediscovered an abiding interest in what military historians call the “human factors” that help us understand the vast array of challenges that confront soldiers of all ranks—not merely the generals—on the march and on the battlefield. This approach is not a new one, but historians still struggle to get beyond anecdotal evidence to study in a systematic way the impact of exhaustion,hunger, dehydration, sleep disruption and deprivation, fear, and other stressors on the soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Unlike most of my talks that center on the results of my research, I plan this time to share some of my ideas as I begin the research process

Dr. Carol Reardon, a native of Pittsburgh, recently retired as the George Winfree Professor Emerita of American History at Penn State after twenty-five years of teaching military history. A specialist in the American Civil War and the Vietnam conflict, she also held visiting professorships at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army War College. She takes special satisfaction from her fourteen years of service on the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University. She is the author of PICKETT’S CHARGE IN HISTORY AND MEMORY (1997), WITH A SWORD IN ONE HAND AND JOMINI IN THE OTHER (2012) and coauthored with Tom Vossler A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTYSBURG (2013) and A FIELD GUIDE TO ANTIETAM (2016). She is especially proud of recently being named an honorary Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg.

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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.

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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










Fred Hawthorne, Roger Heller, Hilda Koontz, Dale Molina, Bill Myers, Larry Plymire

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm at Perkins Restaurant in Gettysburg. If you would like to eat before the meeting, please arrive by 5:30 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.


Here is your RT membership renewal reminder for 2019

Enclosed with your newsletter is a membership form for the upcoming calendar year 2019. This is the form that should accompany your renewal dues. Please get rid of any old forms you may have as this is the only one acceptable. Note, it reflects the current and correct cost for renewal membership: $30 for individuals and $45 for a family, as well as prorated amounts for new members joining later during the calendar year. You can also find the form at our Membership page.

CWRT Gettysburg Holiday Party

The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable welcomes members and guests to this year’s celebration that will include a presentation by Dr. Carol Reardon.

Date....... Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time...... 6:00 PM, beginning with social time and a cash bar.
Dinner will be served when all or most guests have arrived.
Place...... The Historic Dobbin House
Cost....... $34.00 per person. Each guest will receive
a ticket for a chance at a door prize.

Visit the Banquet Page to make your reservation. Reservations must be received by Wednesday, November 28.

Greetings, Friends!

November is here already! This is such a very special time in Gettysburg, with the autumn colors still spreading beauty throughout the battlefield.

So much to look forward to in November! The town is extra busy and bustling, as it ushers in Remembrance Weekend, Thanksgiving, Lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Square, and of course our annual Holiday Banquet at the Historic Dobbin House… great food, great company, and the great Carol Reardon as our speaker! It is also the occasion of announcing the book which will receive the 2018 Distinguished Book Award.

We look forward to the Remembrance Day Parade, which honors the soldiers and civilians of the American Civil War; Remembrance Day evening Illumination, with a candle placed at each of the 3512 Civil War graves in the Soldiers National Cemetery; and Dedication Day, the Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. This year’s keynote speaker will be Gettysburg College President Janet Riggs. We have a very special town!

A heartfelt thanks to all you , the loyal members of our roundtable, and to our amazing board of directors, officers, and support team. Thank you too for your generous donations to our Preservation Fund. We have contributed to some very deserving organizations this year. You will find the recipients on our web page.

Thank you for the lively spirit and conversations you bring to all our meetings. This is what makes our roundtable so special. We were happy to see so many guests attending our meetings this year.

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

- Lynn

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviors.

Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits.

Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

– Gandhi


January 24, 2019
Simon Cameron
Dr. Paul Kahan


February 28
The Civil War Letters of David andMahala Beem
Dr. Peter Carmichael


March 28
Book Award Winner


April 25
11th Corps at Gettysburg
Dr. James Pula


May 23
Meade's Decisions at Gettysburg
Dr. Richard Sommers


June 27
Tour of the GNMP Cannon Shop
Lucas Flickinger


July 25
The Battle of the Peach Orchard
James Hessler


August 22
East Cavalry Field
Chris Army


September 26
Thomas W. Colley's Civil War Experience in the 1st VA Cav.
Dr. Michael Shaffer


October 24
The Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham
Jan Croon


November 21
George Gordon Meade
Dr. Jennifer Murray


December 12
Members Holiday Party
The Park and It's History
Benjamin Dixon



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