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—Joe Mieczkowski, past president


Meeting Date June 22 (Rain date June 29)


Scales' Brigade Attacks Seminary Ridge

Pete Miele

On the afternoon of July 1, 1863, a brigade of mountaineers from North Carolina were asked to do the unthinkable: take an entrenched position, west of Gettysburg. By doing so, they would help to break the Union defenses on Seminary Ridge. With this in mind, they crested McPherson Ridge and began their attack. Join Pete Miele, Executive Director of Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center, as he explores the men who fought in this brigade and their charge into history.

We are to park in the Seminary Ridge Museum lot and meet across the street at the corner of the Museum. NOTE: Meeting starts at 6 pm and will last until 7:30 or later.

Pete Miele is a proud native of northern New Jersey. After graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a degree in History and Secondary Education, he began his career in secondary education, teaching American History, World History, and American Studies. In 2013, fulfilling a long-time dream, Pete relocated to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, obtained a MA in Applied History from Shippensburg University, and found employment with the new Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center. For seven years, he worked at the Museum in various roles in education and operations and, in 2020, was named the Museum’s Executive Director, the position he currently holds. A frequent lecturer, Pete has presented at national conferences of the Society of Civil War Historians and the American Association of State and Local History. In fall 2021, Pete began work towards a PhD in American Studies at Penn State, Harrisburg. His interests include 19th century history, environmental and medical history, and museum studies.

Our meetings are the Fourth Thursday of each month.

This is the first of our summer meetings in the field. We will meet at 6 pm in the location indicated. Please note the rain date in case of inclimate weather.

These walks are for Members only. If you wish to join us and are not a member, we encourage to to consider joining the Roundtable, or giving a donation.

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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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Lynn Heller, Facebook Administrator 717.398.2072


(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 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.



Thursday, July 27 (Rain date Monday, July 31) 6 pm to 7:30 or later.

Larry Korcyzk will lead us on a tour of the Wheatfield. Because the Wheatfield fighting is so complicated we have decided to do one part of it this year and the rest next year, so this tour is Wheatfield — Part 1.

We are to meet Larry on Sickles Aveneue as you approach The Stony Hill. The easiest route will be to take the Wheatfield Road, turn right on Ayres Avenue, follow the road around to the stop sign and take a right. Park as close to the wayside marker as is possible at Tourt Stop #9. Looking to your right you should clearly see the guns of Winslow's Battery.

Remember, when parking in the GNMP, keep all four tires off the grass.

Thursday, Auguast 31 (Rain date Thursday, September 7) 6 pm to 7:30 or later.

We are fortunate to be led by Dr. Carol Reardon on a very special tour of the Spangler Farm.

We are to meet and park at the farm. Take the Baltimore Pike and turn right onto Granite Schoolhouse Lane (one right turn beyond the entrance to the Park Visitor's Center). Take a left onto Blaksmith Shop Road (you cannot take a right). And take a right into the Farm, the entrance to which is well marked.

Reynolds Woods Witness Tree Pen Set for Sale

In 1987, the CWRT of Gettysburg bought a slab of the Witness Tree that fell in the Reynolds Woods. They used it to create wood bases for a pen set. Recently these wood bases were rediscovered and the CWRT has made the pen sets available again for purchase. For more information, or to place an order, please see our Witness Tree Pen Set Flyer.

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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



July 27 (rain date July 31)
Larry Korcyzk
The Wheatfield — Part 1


August 31 (rain date Sept 7)
Dr. Carol Reardon
A tour of the Spangler Farm


September 28
Bradley Gottfried
Comparing Antietam and Gettysburg


October 26
Dennis Doyle
Illinois Regiments at Gettysburg


November 16
Janet McCabe
The Story of Rufus Weaver


Wednesday, December 6
Holiday Banquet at The Dobbin House
Jill Titus
Gettysburg in 1963



January 25
Codie Eash
The Summer of 1869:
Gettysburg's First Blue-Gray Reunion


February 22
Bruce Davis
Defending General O. O. Howard


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
Jeff Harding
How Weather Effected the Civil War


November 21
John Heiser
The George Rose Farm of Gettysburg


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



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