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—Joe Mieczkowski, past president


January 28


The January meeting will be live-streamed and NOT a gathering at the GAR Hall.

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W.W. Keen’s Civil War

Pete Miele

W.W. Keen was a young medical student when the Civil War erupted in 1861. Untested and untrained, he was thrown into treating suffering soldiers at the First Battle of Bull Run. Four years later, he emerged from the crucible of the war as a pioneer in treating injuries of the nervous system. By the dawn of the 20th century, he was considered one of the most capable and learned surgeons in the United States. Join Pete Miele, Executive Director of Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center and Board Member of the Civil War Roundtable of Gettysburg for an exploration of this doctor’s trajectory and discover what his journey can teach us about the evolution of American Medicine.

Pete Miele is Executive Director of Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center in Gettysburg, PA. Miele has spent the last decade working in museums, secondary education, higher education, and libraries. At Seminary Ridge, he has been responsible for envisioning and constructing the museum’s robust educational and interpretive departments and is currently spearheading a new digital education initiative for the institution. A frequent lecturer, Miele has presented at national conferences of the Society of Civil War Historians, National Council for the Social Studies, and American Association of State and Local History. He is currently working on a project situating the Gettysburg Campaign in the context of a humanitarian crisis.


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Bruce Davis ..............................................President

Hilda Koontz............................................Vice President

Eleanor Cingire Bilz...........................Recording Secretary

Linda Seamon...............................Membership Secretary

David Diner...................................................Treasurer

Roger Heller .......................................Program Director

Linda Joswick .............................................Webmaster

Lynn Heller.................................Facebook Administrator










Fred Hawthorne (5/22), Roger Heller (5/22), Michele Hessler, Abbie Hoffman, Peter Miele (5/21) , Bill Myers (5/21)
Board Member Ex Officio:
Larry Plymire, Past President: Lynn Heller (5/21)

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are are virtual meetings until it is safe to meet again. Minutes will be posted.

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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.


Save The Date 
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Field Trip

Harrisburg in the Civil War

Led by Cooper Wingert

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Dear Members and Friends of the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg,

I’m writing on the morning of December 4, feeling really great about last night’s Holiday Banquet Online.  While circumstances made the banquet itself impracticable, given the number of people tuning in from across the country, Wayne Motts surely had a larger audience than if we’d been at the Abigail Adams Ballroom. Don’t get me wrong: There is no substitute for gathering in person—not to mention the Dobbin House scallops. But the only alternative was canceling entirely and I’m certainly glad we didn’t. Wayne’s program on the United States Regulars in general, and one troubled soul among them in particular, was the culmination of a remarkable year of Round table programming.

The year kicked off with Ron Kirkwood sharing from his wonderful book, Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg. In February, Ashley Whitehead Luskey of the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute brought a program on the Richmond Bread Riots. The onset of coronavirus caused us to cancel Brad and Linda Gottfried’s March lecture on the Point Lookout Civil War Prisoner of War Camp; happily, that’s been rescheduled for 2021. By April, go-to-tech-guy Pete Miele had us ready to try online, and Mary Turk-Meena’s presentation on The Joint Committee On The Conduct Of The War was a big success. May presenter James Broomall of Shepherd University titled his program, “Manliness and Community in Confederate Camps.” Summer was to have been spent on the battlefield, but Richard Goedkoop revamped his program on the Culp’s Hill monuments for online presentation; likewise, Charlie Fennell took us on a virtual walk of the Culp’s Hill fighting. Those two programs were sandwiched around a presentation by Jared Frederick of Penn State Altoona on the War Department’s use of the battlefield in the Second World War. In September, Robert Wynstra zoomed in from Illinois. His 2018 volume At The Forefront Of Lee’s Invasion had received our Distinguished Book Award. October speaker Doug Douds brought newly researched material on the invaluable service of George Meade’s staff officers at Gettysburg. In November, Gene Barr told the love story of A Civil War Captain and His Lady.

Program Director Roger Heller has another great roster of speakers lined up for 2021, starting, appropriately enough, with Pete Miele. If we had a Most Valuable Player Award, the 2020 trophy would surely go to Pete, as creator and producer of the Round Table online. Pete is the Director of the Seminary Ridge Museum and a top-notch historian in his own right. As recently as a couple of months ago, I had hoped, by the first of the year, we might be back to meeting in person. While that’s clearly not going to happen, there’s this upside, I guess: we won’t have to contend with winter weather cancellations.

A few other things:

  • This new group e-communication program seems to be well-received and we now have more than a hundred subscribers.  
  • Treasurer Dave Diner reports an encouraging number of you have already reupped for 2021.  
  • The Alan Frazer memorial service at Evergreen Cemetery can be seen in its entirely via links on the web site and Facebook page.
  • This is cool: Lynn Heller already has us booked for the Dobbin House on December 2, 2021!

Bruce Davis


February 25
Gene Schmiel
General Jacob Cox & The Battle of Franklin


March 25
Cory Pfarr
Longstreet at Gettysburg 
Book Award Winner


April 22
Carolyn Ivanoff
Clara Barton and the Missing Soldier's Office


May 27
Sue Boardman
Snyder County Boys


June 24 (29)
Larry Korczyz
Chapman Biddle's Brigade


July 22 (29)
Terese Orr
Frances Irsch and the 45th NY


Aug 26 (31)
Stuart Dempsey
11th Corps topic (specific topic not chosen yet)


September 23
Zachery Fry
Politics in the Army of the Potomac


October 28
Bradley Gottfried
Point Lookout Prison


November 18
Scott Rosenau
Lincoln and the Founders of the Nation


December 2nd (Holiday Banquet)
Kevin Pawlak
Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation



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