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 26, 2018




Scott Mingus

In late June 1863, two powerful columns of Confederate troops approached the Susquehanna River in south-central Pennsylvania. One marched northeasterly from Franklin County through Carlisle toward Harrisburg and the other headed eastward through Gettysburg and York towards Wrightsville/Columbia. This PowerPoint talk by veteran author Scott L. Mingus, Sr. will cover the latter command, that of Maj. Gen. Jubal Early, as it conquered Gettysburg after a series of skirmishes on June 26 and then two days later occupied York, the largest Northern town to fall to the Confederates during the entire war. General Early ran-somed York for money and supplies and surrounded the town with artillery and troops. Hastily organized state militia defend-ed the river crossing at Wrightsville and then burned the world’s longest covered bridge to prevent Rebel passage into Lancaster County, from which Early had hoped to threaten Harrisburg.

SCOTT MINGUS is a scientist and consultant in the paper industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. The Ohio native graduated from the paper science and engineering program at Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps. He has written nineteen Civil War and Underground Railroad books. His biography of Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith won multiple awards, including the Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize for Confederate History. He has also written sev-eral articles for Gettysburg Magazine, as well as for various historical journals.

Scott and his wife Debi live in York, Pa., and he maintains a blog on the Civil War history of York County (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award from the York County Heritage Trust for his contributions to local Civil War history. He also has written six scenario books for Civil War miniature wargaming. His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy in the 51st Ohio Infantry under General Sherman, and other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg.

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)

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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.


CWRT Field Trip - April 28, 2018

Scott Mingus will be our guide as we 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.

For more information or reservations, please see our flyer.


Hello, Friends!!

Well, we’ve almost made it through the winter! March is always unpredictable, but we know that soon redbuds and green leaves are getting ready to burst forth, replacing the gray and brown of the winter battlefield. We all look forward to getting out on the field, feeling the air getting warmer and the sight of robins bopping around.

Everyone involved in the running of the roundtable deserves our special thanks for keeping it rolling along in the most efficient way. It takes a village! Today I would like to acknowledge a few members who consistently go above and beyond, contributing extra time and energy to assure a top notch organization.

Dave Joswick creates the most beautiful newsletter for us to enjoy. He is always flexible in adding in items at the last minute, and is so very creative in his layouts and information. Dave also is always willing to send out email blasts when necessary, and month after month produces the beautiful Certificate of Appreciation presented to our speakers.

Linda Joswick has developed a stunning web page, (www.gettysburgcwrt.org) full of information, upcoming events for the roundtable and civil war events in general, archived newsletters, meeting minutes, speakers list, and so much more. In a full time work week, she is able to carve out time to make sure everything we need to know about our roundtable is one click away.

Roger Heller has provided a masterful speakers roster, putting in a lot of his time emailing the speakers, making sure they have the information and equipment they need, and always searching for new ideas & speakers for our summer tours, & annual field trips and of course for our Holiday Banquet.

Dave Diner, our crackerjack treasurer, keeps our finances in apple pie order, and makes frequent trips to the bank and the post office to stay on top of every transaction that comes in or goes out. All the folks that work at the bank give him a “Hi Dave” wave, he is there so often.

So, when you see these folks at a meeting, please give them a hearty thank you!

And a hearty thank you to all you loyal members for supporting and contributing to the roundtable in so many ways.

- Lynn


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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