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


NOTE - Early date: November 16, 2017



David Dixon

David’s talk recounts the life story of Charles Anderson, a slave owner who sacrificed nearly everything to help save the Union. Dixon will explain how Anderson ended up sharing the spotlight with Lincoln and Edward Everett at Gettysburg in November, 1863. He argues that the three featured speeches at Gettysburg were a carefully crafted rhetorical ensemble, each having a specific political purpose, in addition to memorializing the dead soldiers. He will also share the unusual story of the discovery of the speech manuscript itself, in a most unlikely place. 

David Dixon earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California and his M.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts. He spent 35 years in marketing with Fortune 500 companies. David published numerous articles in scholarly journals and magazines. Most have focused on black history and Union supporters in the Civil War South.

David’s website is called “B-List History.” It focuses on historical figures who were important in their time, but are all but forgotten today.

Recently, David published his first book, The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey. The biography received widespread acclaim. David has since spoken at the 2016 Sacred

Trust Talks at the Gettysburg, been interviewed on Civil War Talk Radio and has made appearances at historical societies, libraries, conferences, and private clubs across the country. He is one of the most popular speakers on the Civil War Round Table circuit.

David’s book recounts the unusual life story of Charles Anderson, a slave owner who sacrificed nearly everything to help Lincoln save the Union. Anderson’s speech, which followed Lincoln’s at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863, remained lost for nearly 150 years until it was discovered recently. A transcript of this speech, along with rare photographs and a hand-drawn map of the Stones River battlefield, are all published in Dixon’s book for the first time.

Currently, David is writing the first full-length biography of Union General August Willich, a German 48er who distinguished himself in a number of important battles.

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.

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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


December 7
Members Holiday Party - Dobbin House
Behind the scenes at the movie Gettysburg
Pat Falci, portrayer of AP Hill


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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