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


Meeting date: February 22, 2024


Defending General O. O. Howard

Bruce Davis

When senior general John Reynolds was killed in the initial infantry exchange of July 1, 1863, command passed (some would say “devolved”) to Oliver Otis Howard. While Reynolds is remembered reverentially, Howard, aka “The Christian General,” is often dismissed as “Uh Oh” and his performance at Gettysburg belittled as Chancellorsville-redux. Our February speaker sees the characterization as grossly unfair. “Defending Oliver Otis Howard” is intended to give the oft-maligned general the credit he richly deserves, not only for his pivotal role in the Battle of Gettysburg, but a life of service to our country.

Bruce Davis was born and raised in Missouri. He majored in history at the University of Missouri in Columbia and after two failed years in the corporate world went on to secure a Master of Divinity degree from the St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. A third generation Methodist preacher, he spent 44 years in parish ministry, starting with rural and blue collar congregations in northwest Missouri, an appointment to University Church in St. Louis, then large membership congregations in Missouri and Nebraska. Retired from Omaha in 2018, he relocated to Gettysburg, where he currently serves as president of the Civil War Round Table, is licensed as a Town Guide and writes a monthly column for the Gettysburg Times. Bruce is married to the Reverend Nancy Davis and has grandchildren spread out from Park City, Utah, to Cognac, France. Among other adventures, he is the author of a true crime story set in the Depression-era Ozarks: We’re Dead, Come On In (Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, 2005). While no stranger to public speaking and having led our Round Table meetings for the past five years, he nonetheless finds the prospect of addressing “THE MOST IMPORTANT ROUND TABLE, IN THE MOST IMPORTANT SMALL TOWN, AT THE MOST IMPORTANT BATTLEFIELD, IN THE MOST IMPORTANT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD” rather intimidating but knows you will be kind.

Our meetings are the Fourth Thursday of each month.

We meet at ACHS Battlefield Overlook Events Center, 625 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, PA. The doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

The meeting will also be live-streamed. Please see below for information.

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Bruce Davis, President  402.686.6969

Michele Hessler, Vice President

Veronica Brestensky, Recording Secretary 412.719.3577

Linda Seamon, Membership Secretary 717.359.7339

David Diner, Treasurer 717.420.5730

Roger Heller, Program Director 717.398.2072

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(2024) Abbie Hoffman, Lynn Heller; (2025) Rip Engle, Roger Heller; (2026) Ted Hirt, Jaimee Umstattd
Board Member Ex Officio:
Therese Orr

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are the second Thursday of January, March (2024 will be held the on 3/21/24), May, July, September and November. We meet at 6 pm at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery at 859 York Street, Gettysburg. Minutes will be posted on the website.

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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.

If you are interested in more information, or joining, one the committees, please contact any Officer or Board Member.



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This is a very exciting time for the Gettysburg Civil War Round of Table as we move our meetings to the brand new Event Center at the Adams County Historical Society on Biglerville Road. Our Round Table was founded in 1957 by leaders of the ACHS and seems to have operated as the Civil War arm of the organization. I see our moving to the marvelous new facility as a reunion of sort. The space is perfect for our functional needs, including ample free parking, and a scenic view of the battlefield overlooking the monuments on Howard Avenue east to Barlow’s Knoll. While the location will be different, most everything else will stay the same. The meetings from September through May will be on the fourth Thursday evening of the month, starting at 7:00. For those unable to be with us in person, we’ll be livestreaming on our website, cwrtgettysburg.org, then archiving the programs for “on demand” viewing. In the summer months, we’ll be on the battlefield, still on the 4th Thursdays, the tours of June, July and August starting at 6:00. When I was first elected president of the board, I was cautioned not to recruit new members as we were already at maximum seating capacity in the historic Grand Army of the Republic Hall on East Middle Street. That won’t be an issue at the new meeting site and we’re very much hoping to receive a strong wave of new enlistments. You’ll find membership information elsewhere on this page. Thanks for checking us out!

Bruce Davis



March 28
Allen Thompson
In the Shadow of the Round Tops


April 25
Stephen Evangelista
Brown's Rhode Island Battery


May 23
Lisa Samia
The Nameless & Faceless of the Civil War in Poetry


June 8 (Saturday 9:30 am to noon)
Fred Hawthorne
Places Every Guide Should Know: Hancock Avenue Edition


June 27 (Rain date June 28)
Jasan Hileman
Red Carroll's Brigade


July 25 (Rain date July29)
Larry Korcyzk
The Wheatfield — Part 2


August 22 (Rain date August 26)
Ralph Seigel
11th Corps Program TBA


September 26
Derek Maxfield
General William T. Sherman's Civil War


October 24
Carolyn Ivanoff
We Fought at Gettysburg: the 17th CT Regiment


November 21
John Heiser
The George Rose Farm of Gettysburg


December 5 - Holiday Banquet
Charles Fennell
Culp's Hill "Rediscovered"



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