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


June 28, 2018


This program will get underway at 6 PM.
Park in the Old Cyclorama parking lot and meet at the entrance gate to the Soldier’s National Cemetery on Taneytown Road.



Jarrad Fuoss

During the first four days of July 1863, the buildings at the southern edge of Gettysburg were caught in the heart of a harrowing struggle between armies and individuals. As combatants swept through the streets of town on July 1st, many of Gettysburg’s civilians fled from their homes; however, some remained, sheltering in their basements as the world seemingly collapsed around them. For the residents who stayed the ordeal experienced over the next four days was terrifying. Caught between the lines of Federal infantry on Cemetery Hill and Confederate sharpshooters throughout the town, rifle balls chipped and splintered their homes, and strangers struggled to survive in their upstairs living spaces. Join us as we traverse the southern section of Gettysburg itself, examine the physical remains of the battle and piece together the stories of soldiers and citizens who experienced the unthinkable during the summer of 1863.

Jarrad Fuoss is the current Student Conservation Association intern for Gettysburg National Military Park and has worked as a Seasonal Park Ranger at Gettysburg since 2016. During the summer of 2018 Jarrad will graduate from West Virginia University with a Masters Degree in 19th Century American History, a minor field in Public History and a certificate in Cultural Resource Management. As a graduate student, Jarrad’s Masters thesis focused on the creation of historical memory by Gettysburg’s citizens after the battle. An alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, Jarrad’s undergraduate coursework focused on History and Anthropology (Archaeology). His interest in serving with the National Park Service began after completing a semester of Civil War studies at Gettysburg College in 2014. During his time at Gettysburg College Jarrad wrote a fifty-five-page thesis about Confederate Sharpshooters who occupied Gettysburg during the battle. Aside from history, Jarrad enjoys playing the trumpet and previously participated as a member of The Cadets World Competitive Drum and Bugle Corps.

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 6:00 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.

Board Meeting Minutes



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.


Heads up for the July and August
In-the-Field programs

Please take note of our Roundtable’s upcoming programs over the summer. Make your plans now to attend:

July 26: Benjamin Neely – The Battle for the Seminary. Meet in front of the Seminary Ridge Museum, park in their lot. RAIN DATE: August 2.

August 23: Paul Shevchuk – Camp Colt. We will meet in the old visitor center parking lot across from the National Cemetery parking lot. RAIN DATE: Thursday August 30.

All programs begin at 6 PM. Details will be in the July/August

News from 'round the TABLE

  • Thanks to all of you who have switched your newsletter delivery from regular mail to email.
  • In the spirit of us all getting to know each other better, Lynn would like to receive a short biography—three sentences!—from each person, so that she can briefly introduce one member, who is in attendance, at each meeting. She will read them in the order received, so if you would like to participate, please email Lynn: lynnheller7577@gmail.com, or hand her your bio at a meeting. Include whatever you would like the group to know about you. Thank you!
  • Anyone willing to help set up and clean up the Refreshment Table for the May meeting, please contact Lynn by email or call 717-398- 2072.
  • A great deal of thanks to Ron Rock, who has served the Roundtable for many years…as a board member, chair of the Nominating Committee, and chair of the Cal Doucette Achievement Award Committee. He has stepped down from these leadership roles, having done done an outstanding job in all these capacities. We truly appreciate his care and devotion to the roundtable, and will continue to enjoy seeing him at our monthly meetings.


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


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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