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—Joe Mieczkowski, past president

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NOTE - Early date: November 16, 2017

SPEAKERS

Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award

Announcement of 2014 AwardWittenberg

The Devil’s to Pay, John Buford

Eric Wittenberg

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 Wittenberg (LEFT) is presented with the 2015 Gettysburg CWRT Book Award by Larry Plymire, Chairman of the Book Committee. The award was presented to Wittenberg at the March 2016 Roundtable meeting.


 

Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award

Announcement of 2013 Award

The Campaign of Gettysburg: Command Decisions

By US Army Lt. Col. (ret) William D. Hewitt
Thomas Publications in Gettysburg, PA; 2012

BookThe Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg, PA is proud to announce that the winner of its annual Book Award is US Army Lt. Col. (ret) William D. Hewitt for his book, The Campaign of Gettysburg: Command Decisions.

Col. Hewitt is member of our Round Table, a Seasonal Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park and a member of the Gettysburg Area School District Board.

Col. Hewitt has spent most of his adult life as a student of military matters and in this book he challenges some of the long-held assumptions about why the Battle of Gettysburg was fought where it was fought and why the commanders made the decisions they made. The expertise gained during Col. Hewitt’s career as a military professional has resulted in a book that uses the commander’s education, experience and certain military “truisms” as a method to explain their decisions.

In all, Col. Hewitt has added a much needed professional analysis of military planning and decision making to the literature on the Battle of Gettysburg.

The book was published by Thomas Publications in Gettysburg, PA in 2012.

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Bill Hewitt (left) is pictured with Roger Heller who is holding a copy of Hewitt’s award-winning book.


Steve French Wins First Annual
Gettysburg Book Award

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Pictured above, left to right, are John Winkelman, author Steve French, eminent historian Ed Bearss, and Dr. Dave Collins, who chairs the book committee.

The 2009 Gettysburg Book Award was awarded at the CWRT Meeting on February 25, 2010 to author Steve French for his book, Imboden’s Command in the Gettysburg Campaign. This is an annual award presented by the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable for a new published history contributing to a better understanding of some facet of the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the battlefield at Gettysburg, and the memorialization of the battlefield. French is a history teacher from West Virginia. In this text he examines the role of Brigadier General John D. Imboden, commander of one of Robert E. Lee’s cavalry brigades. Imboden was tasked to use his Virginia troopers in the Shenandoah Valley to destroy railroad tracks and bridges and harass Federal troops.

The Northwestern Virginia Brigade, as Imboden’s command was known, was not directly involved in the battle at Gettysburg. But they had a key role of protecting the rear of the army. Imboden reached Chambersburg on July 1, 1863, where they relieved Pickett’s Division. When Lee retreated, they assumed the crucial mission of guarding the trains and the wounded, doing so under trying circumstances.

Honorable mention is being accorded to Sue Boardman and Kathryn Porch for their book: The Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama: A History and Guide. It explains the huge 1884 oil painting by Paul Philippoteaux, how it was displayed through the years, with a guide to the terrain depicted thereon.

George Newton's review from March/April 2009 Newsletter
Dave Collin's review from November/December 2009 Newsletter


Book Chat

Book Reviews by CWRT Members

Gettysburg Campaign Atlas
By Philip Laino

Imboden’s Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign
By Steve French

Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President’s War Powers
By James F. Simon

Lincoln’s Rise to the Presidency
By William C. Harris

Gettysburg Heroes: Perfect Soldiers, Hallowed Ground
By Glenn LaFantasie

This Republic Of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
By Drew Gilpin Faust

Civil War Periodicals
Reviewed by George Newton

Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America
By Allen C. Guelzo

The Maps of Gettysburg: The Gettysburg Campaign, 
June 3 – July 13, 1863

By Bradley Gottfried

Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee
Through His Private Letters

By Elizabeth Brown Pryor

The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows
By Dr. Gabor Borit

What This Cruel War Was Over:
Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War

By Chandra Manning

Rhett Butler's People
By Donald McCraig

Reveille In Washington 1860-1865
By Margaret Leech

Imboden’s Brigade During the Gettysburg Campaign
by Steve French
Reviewed By Dave Collins

The Lincolns: Portrait Of A Marriage
By Daniel Mark Epstein

 

 

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

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January 25
The Battle of Falling Waters
George Franks

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February 22
Gettysburg Confederates
Tom McMillan

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March 22
TBD
CWRT Book Award Winner Author

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April 26
Background for CWRT Field Trip
Civil War History of York County, PA

Scott MIngus

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May 24
West Point Class of 1862
Brian McEnany

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June 28
(Rain Date: July 12)
Confederate Sharpshooters in the Gettysburg Streets
Jarrad Fuoss

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July 26
(Rain Date: August 2)
The Battle for the Seminary
Benjamin Neely

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August 23
(Rain Date: August 30)
Camp Colt
Paul Shevchuk

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September 27
Civil War Medical and Surgical Techniques
Peter D'Onofrio

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October 25
96th PA Volunteers
David Ward

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November15
General Jacob Cox and the Battle of Franklin
Gene Schmiel

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December6
Members Holiday Party
Dr. Carol Reardon

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EVENT INFORMATION

 

Holiday Party December 7

Dobbin House 6 pm

Reservations required by Wednesday, November 29.

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SAVE THE DATE

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.

 

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