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

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August 25 (Rain date August 29)

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Benner’s Hill: Confederate Left Flank

Therese Orr

Benner's Hill served as an artillery platform and the left flank of the Confederate army at Gettysburg. From near Benner's Hill, Johnson's Division will advance on Culp's Hill, with one brigade left to defend against Union Cavalry on the Hanover Road. Join LBG Therese Orr in an exploration of the activities associated with this hill. Please carpool as the road is narrow and there is no designated parking. Keep all four wheels on the pavement and don't park in the turnaround.

Therese Orr was raised in Missouri and Oklahoma. Following graduation from High School, she enlisted in the United States Navy, serving 3 years on Active Duty and 27 years in the Navy Reserve, retiring as a Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist in 2007.

After a 25-years career as a stay-at-home mom, Therese worked various part-time jobs in municipal government, accounting, insurance and at the Rupp House History Center in Gettysburg. She earned her Guide license in September 2016.

Therese has presented specialty tours for the Friends of Gettysburg semi-annual education events; had her choice for Gettysburg Unsung Hero published in the July 2019 issue of “America’s Civil War” magazine; and will present a Medal of Honor tour for the 2022 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. She enjoys researching and providing specialty tours for guests of the battlefield, especially when the guest is a descendant of a Civil War soldier.

Therese is the proud mother of 3 children, and grandmother of 3.

Therese’s husband, children and grandchildren are the descendants of a Civil War soldier who died serving the Union Army at Gettysburg. Patrick is buried in the Soldiers National Cemetery. Learning about Patrick’s life and service is what inspired Therese to study for the Guide exam. She hopes her grandchildren will be inspired to continue to tell the story of Patrick’s sacrifice.

Therese and her husband, Dan, have had their Gettysburg Address since 2013.


Our meetings are the Fourth Thursday of each month.

June July and August are the Summer Outdoor Programs. These are Member's Events....paid for by membership dues, and one of the benefits of becoming a member.  If a member would like to bring a guest, or a non-member would like to attend, we would like them to consider making a donation to the roundtable.

Each of these programs will begin promptly ay 6 PM and finish at the discretion of the tour leader. Expect each of these programs to last at least 90 minutes.

These meetings are not streamed. Please join us in September when we will once again be live streaming our speakers.

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OFFICERS

Bruce Davis, President  402.686.6969

Peter Miele, Vice President petemiele@gmail.com

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

Linda Joswick, Webmaster 717.253.5477

Lynn Heller, Facebook Administrator 717.398.2072

BOARD MEMBERS

Gary "Rip" Engle (5/25), Lynn Heller (5/24), Roger Heller (5/25), Michele Hessler (5/23), Abbie Hoffman (5/23), Leon Reed 5/24)
Board Member Ex Officio:
Therese Orr

Next Board Meeting:

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

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COMMITTEES

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.

EVENT INFORMATION


Summer Outdoor Programs are Member's Events....paid for by membership dues, and one of the benefits of becoming a member. 
If a member would like to bring a guest, or a non-member would like to attend, we would like them to consider making a donation to the roundtable.


2022 Gettysburg CWRT Summer Outdoor Programs

1. Each of these programs will begin promptly ay 6 PM and finish at the discretion of the tour leader. Expect each of these programs to last at least 90 minutes.
2. In the case of inclement weather, a rain date is built into the schedule. Notice that the rain dates aren't always on a Thursday.
3, Bring a chair, water and use bug spray.
4. Car pooling is always recommended as parking spaces are limited.
5. These programs are for Members - your dues pay for these. Non-members who attend are encouraged to make a donation to the Round Table.

August 25 (Rain date August 29)
Benner's Hill. Led by LBG Therese Orr.
Meet and park on Benner's Hill which is located off of route 116 Approximately one mile East of town.


You can view videos of past meetings on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/CivilWarRoundTableOfGettysburg/live/

You do not need to be a member of FaceBook to view the videos.

 

Welcome to the web site of the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg! Since first organized in 1957, we’ve met on the 4th Thursday of every month, until recently in the cozy confines of the Grand Army of the Republic Hall on Middle Street. As the gatherings there were shoulder-to-shoulder, hardly practicable for the age of covid, we’ve made a temporary move to the Gettysburg United Methodist Church, 30 West High Street — which has a certain symmetry, as the GAR building was itself the Civil War-era Methodist Church. Our current space has a lot of advantages, including room for social distancing, free parking in the back, an air filtration system, and excellent livestream capability. The latter is particularly important in the new normal. Starting with the covid shutdowns in March of 2020, we spent the next 14 months with ZOOM only presentations and were surprised at how many people tuned in from across the country. Even as we’ve returned to in person gatherings, we continue to livestream, archiving the presentations for on demand viewing. Elsewhere on this page, you’ll find a link to our past programs, as well as instructions for tuning into our real time gatherings. Our expanding membership includes Civil War enthusiasts from coast to coast; we’d love to include you in our number and hope you’ll check out the membership information elsewhere on this site. Of course, we invite you drop in on one of our meetings. Visitors are always welcome! As you’ll see listed on this site, we’ve got an outstanding roster of speakers lined up for 2022. You might also “Like” our Facebook page, where we post regular updates and photos. Finally, as you have any questions about our group, I invite you to contact me personally: brdgettysburg@gmail.com.

 
Bruce Davis
President

SPEAKERS

Sept 22
Mary Turk-Meena
The Committee on the Conduct of the War

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Oct 27
Tom Vossler & Jeffrey McCausland
Leadership on the Gettysburg Battlefield

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Nov 17
Dr. Brian Luskey
Mercenaries or Patriots: Bounty Men in the Union Army

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Dec 1 - Holiday Banquet
Kent Masterson Brown
Meade at Gettysburg


 

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