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


August 23, 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.

Memorial Day to Labor Day. 100 nights of Taps. Taps is sounded every evening at the Soldiers' National Monument in the National Cemetary in Gettysburg, PA

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.

5-8 • 155th Annual Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment.

7 • 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Monterey Pass. The tour will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot at Rolando Woods Park. Please bring plenty of water and wear comfortable clothing. For more information visit www.montereypassbattlefield.org/events/.

7 • Historic Point of Rocks Tour 10 a.m.-noon. Tour meets in Maintenance parking lot at Dodd Park. R. Garland Dodd Park, 201 Enon Church Road Details, Bryan Truzzie 804-751-4946 or truzzieb@chesterfield.gov. Fee $8 per person. Visit Historic Point of Rocks and learn about the Union hospital established here where Clara Barton served and walk the ground where President Lincoln visited in 1865. View federal fortifications and learn why this location played a major role in the Bermuda Hundred Campaign.

7-8 • Anniversary of Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. Living history, kids’ activities, ranger talks. 9 am-3:30 pm. Free. https://www.nps.gov/mono/index.htm

11 • Ethnics in the Confederacy at Sharpsburg, at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn, 138 W Main St, Sharpsburg, MD. 7 pm. Free. jacob-rohrbach-inn.com/blog/2018/01/2018-civil-war-lecture-series

14 • Anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Fort Stevens at the fort, Quackenbos Street between 13th Street and Georgia Avenue NW, Washington DC. Living history, music, talks and more. 10 am-4 pm. Free. nps.gov/cwdw/planyourvisit/anniversary-of-the-battle-of-fort-stevens.htm

14 • The Fight on the First Day at the THREE Railroad Cuts walking tour. Gettysburg NMP. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. 9 am-noon or 1-4 pm. $40 per session. Register: gettysburgfoundation.org.

14-15 • Giving Aid and Comfort, medical weekend at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. 11 am-4 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/hafe.

18  The Battle of Bentonville. Lecture at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn, 138 W Main St, Sharpsburg, MD. 7 pm. Free. jacob-rohrbach-inn.com/blog/2018/01/2018-civil-war-lecture-series.

21 • First Battle of Manassas Anniversary. Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA. Ranger programs, tours and living history. 8:30 am-5 pm. Free. nps.gov/mana.

21 • The Civil War Through an Artist’s Eyes, Lecture, at the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, MD. 4 pm. Free. surrattmuseum.org

21-22 • "I Will Follow Them to the Death": Sheridan’s Soldiers, 1864. Living History at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. 11 am-4 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/hafe.

21-22 • Second Battle of Kernstown. Anniversary activities at the Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Drive, south of Winchester. kernstownbattle.org.

24-29 • Roads to Gettysburg. Seminar and tours based in Chambersburg. Complete package $745. civilwarseminars.org.

27  • Legends, Lives, and Stone: Fredericksburg in Stories and Granite.Walking tour meets at the Fredericksburg battlefield visitor center, 1013 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA. nps.gov/frsp

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Civil War Medical and Surgical Techniques
Peter D'Onofrio


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96th PA Volunteers
David Ward


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Gene Schmiel


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Heads up for the August
In-the-Field programs

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

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.


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