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


October 25, 2018


The Civil War Round Table of Gettsyburg offers this list as information on activities that might be of interest to it's membership. Activities presented on this page are sponsored by the organization listed with each activity.

On Going

January 18 To December 31, 2018, Captured on Wet Plate, Photography during the Civil War. National Civil War Museum. The exhibit will examine the motivation behind Civil War photographers. For information: www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org or email info@nationalcivilwarmuseum.org.

Exploring Gettysburg with Gettysburg National Military Park Service Rangers. Gettysburg National Military Park’s free summer interpretive program series begins on June 9 and offers visitors a chance to learn about the people and places that made history during the Battle of Gettysburg.

  • Family History Hike (75 minutes) Perfect for families with children ages 4-13! Join a Park Ranger for an interactive hike across the battlefield. Plan for battle, learn how to march like a soldier, explore the farms on the battlefield and much more!
  • Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg: Downtown History Hike (75 minutes) Explore the impact of the battle upon the Gettysburg community, walk in the footsteps of President Lincoln, and visit the room where he completed the Gettysburg Address. This program begins and ends inside the Historic David Wills House Museum.The
  • David Wills House Museum. Free during the summer of 2018! Explore the home of David and Catherine Wills, learn what it was like to be a civilian during the Battle of Gettysburg and visit the room where Abraham Lincoln finished writing the Gettysburg Address. Located in the center of Gettysburg at 8 Lincoln Square.
  • The Face of Battle: The Soldier Experience (1 hour) Over 160,000 soldiers participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Discover the story of just one, follow in his footsteps across the battlefield, and learn why he fought and what he encountered at Gettysburg. Water, insect repellent, a hat, and proper foot gear are highly recommended.
  • America the Beautiful: Storybooks About our National Parks (1 hour) Join a Park Ranger for a reading adventure to one of our over 400 national park sites. Begin with an activity, followed after nightfall with a storybook reading by firelight. Recommended for families with children ages 4 to 11.
  • Coffee with a Ranger (15 Minutes) Exclusively for a digital audience! Join us on Facebook Live and every Saturday morning at 8:30 from the comfort of your home as we explore a different location and aspect of the battle, battlefield, and Civil War.

8, 15, 22 • Maryland. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tours Follow the trail of President Lincoln's assassin from Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. to his death near Port Royal, Viginia. Relax and enjoy the history and scenery on this 12-hour, fully narrated bus tour. Reservation and payment required in advance. Cost $85/person. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For additional information; 301-868-1121, ask for Joan.

15-16 • Medical Living History "Gettysburg: The MedicalAftermath,"explores what the people of Gettysburg experienced in the days and weeks following the 1863 battle in coping with the wounded, dying and dead. Held at the Historic Daniel Lady Farm, a Confederate field hospital, the focus will be on the medical advancements made during the war and the many firsts that happened at Gettysburg. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association. Historic Daniel Lady Farm, 1002 Hanover Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Free Parking. A family friendly event. Admission: Adults $10, children -15 and under are free. 10-4 Sat. & Sun. For info: www.gbpa.org, email: info@gbpaorg.

22 • Motorcyclye Ride for Monument Preservation 18th Annual ride for the Monuments sponsored by the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (A.B.A.T.E.). Supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Trust for maintenance of more than 140 monuments and markers on battlefield. Portion also benefits upkeep of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association's Historic Daniel Lady Farm. Registration for trek from Harrisburg to Gettysburg begins at 11 a.m. outside the State Capitol Building. Welcoming ceremony 12:15 p.m. Ride departure 1 p.m. Open to all interested riders. Held rain or shine. Registration $10. For info: www.gbpa. org or www.abatepa.org, email: info@gbpa.org.

22-23 • Cavalry Reenactment. The Brice's Crossroads Attack from the Civil War's Western Theatre will be a reenactment of the Mississippi battle in June of 1864 when a contingent of Confederate cavalry under Gen. Nathan Bedford Forest outflanked a superior Union force. 45 mounted Southern reenactors committed to the event and 25 dismounted troopers. Enlisted Union cavalry is currently at 20, with 20 dismounted troopers and about35 infantry: 45 living history participants and speakers will enhance the weekend for visitors. Admission is $10 for people 16 and older includes a tour of the Daniel Lady farmhouse and barn. Children 15 and under are free. The reenactor registration foe of $15 includes a dinner for reenactors Saturday evening. For more info contact info@gbpa.org.


6 • Bourbon: Sweet, Spicy, and Decadent. In the 1850s-60s, the Surratt Tavern provided local patrons with a variety of distilled beverages. Join us as we temptyou with a scrumptious meal and delight in the world of bourbon distilling. Experience the different flavors, aromas and colors _of various local bourbons as we taste our way through this spirited evening. Advance registration required. Must b-e 21 years of age. Program starts at 4 p.m. For additional information; 301-868-1121, ask for Susan.

10-14 • Mr. Lincoln's City & John Wilkes Booth Escape Tour
Tours of Mr. Lincoln's Washington, John Wilkes Booth Escape Route and historic Frederick, Maryland with Ed Steers and other leading Lincoln scholars. Sites include Ford's theatre, Lincoln Memorial, Old Soldiers' Home where Lincoln visited, Surratt Tavern, Dr. Mudd House, and more. Bonus tours will include "In the Footsteps of the Presidents" seeing unique places visited by Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan, LBJ, and Dwight D. Eisenhower at Gettysburg, Antietam, and the Cumberland Valley. For information; 717-264-7101 or visit CivilWarSeminars.org.

19-21 • 2018 lmage of War Seminar, Washington, D.C.
Presented by the Center for Civil War Photography, at this 18th annual seminar attendees will get a behind the scenes look at the Library of Congress, a special wet plate experience, visit The Mall, U.S. Capitol, Lafayette Square, Grand Review and much more. Speakers will include Garry Adelman, Mike Gorman and Bob Zeller. CCWP member price is $310, non-member price is $345. For more information; http://civilwarphotography.org/ccwp/index.php/2018- image-of-war-seminar.


3 • Victorian America and The Golden Age of Magic and Spirits of the Dead. Clinton, Maryland. Please join professional illusionist Michael Cantori for a fascinating journey through the realm of Spiritualism and its affiliation with theatrical magic in 19th and early 20th century America. This program will offer both lecture and performance. Free; arrive early; limited sealing. Program starts al 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For information; 301-868-1121.

16 • GBPA Annual Banquet. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A recognition of Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association efforts during the year to carry on the leg acy of Gettysburg for future generations. Remarks by historians and awards for local preservation efforts. Music from B.S.A. Venture Crew 1861, portraying the 1st Pennsylvania Reserves Volunteer Fife & Drum Corps. Evening will commence at 6 p.m. Location and ticket price TBD. For info: www.gbpa.org, email: info@gbpa.org.

16-18 • The Lincoln Forum Annual Symposium. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Wyndham Hotel, Gettyshurg. Discover Lincoln and the Civil War in Fact, Fiction and Memory. Lectures, book signings, battlefield tour and awards presentation. For information; www.thelincolnforum.org.

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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.

Camp Letterman site update

Glen Hayes from the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association has been working for almost two years in an impressive effort to save 17 acres from development at the site, which is owned by S&A Homes.

He has initiated a letter writing campaign, resulting in a voluminous amount of letters to S&A Homes, written by historical societies, roundtables (Lynn Heller has written twice on behalf of our roundtable), historians, including James McPherson, Harold Holzer, and Gary Gallagher, and preservation societies. Petitions have also been sent. The overwhelming public support from 37 states, Canada, England, and Italy, shows that Camp Letterman is an important part of the Battle of Gettysburg to many people. Resolution is expected in September.
For more information and an indepth interview with Glen Hayes go to www.historynet.com. In the search window type interview glen hayes and hit enter.

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