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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December 1 - Holiday Banquet

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Meade at Gettysburg

Kent Masterson Brown

Although he took command of the Army of the Potomac only three days before the first shots were fired at Gettysburg, Union general George G. Meade guided his forces to victory in the Civil War's most pivotal battle. Using Meade's published and unpublished papers alongside diaries, letters, and memoirs of fellow officers and enlisted men, Brown highlights how Meade's rapid advance of the army to Gettysburg on July 1, his tactical control and coordination of the army in the desperate fighting on July 2, and his determination to hold his positions on July 3 insured victory.
Brown argues that supply deficiencies, brought about by the army's unexpected need to advance to Gettysburg, were crippling. In spite of that, Meade pursued Lee's retreating army rapidly, and his decision not to blindly attack Lee's formidable defenses near Williamsport on July 13 was entirely correct in spite of subsequent harsh criticism.

Kent Masterson Brown, from Lexington Ky., has, throughout his career as a constitutional attorney, cultivated his avocation in American history.

He is an award winning author, having written 5 Civil War related books and numerous magazine articles. He is a battlefield preservationist, lecturer, tour guide, and producer of 8 award winning documentary films on a variety of American history topics.

His most recent book - Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command - has amassed 4 national awards.

Kent lives in Lexington Ky., with his wife Genevieve and their 3 children.


Our meetings are the Fourth Thursday of each month.

We meet at Gettysburg United Methodist Church, 30 West High Street, 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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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.

Board Meeting Minutes

 

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

Holiday Banquet

December 1 is the date for our Holiday Banquet at the Dobbin House.
The speaker will be Kent Masterson Brown.

All seats have been sold. Happy Holidays!

For more information and to register, please see the Holiday Banquet Page.


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.


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

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January 28
Chris Army
The Pipe Creek Line

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February 23
Nancy Jill Hale
Civil War chaplains

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March 23
Tom McMillan
The Hancock- Armistead Relationship

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April 27
Janet McCabe
The Story of Rufus Weaver

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Saturday May 6
9:30-noon
Kendra Debany
A Tour of McAllister’s Mill

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May 25
Ron Kirkwood
The Spangler Farm During the Battle of Gettysburg Part 2.

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June 22 (rain date June 29)
Peter Miele
The Attack of Scales’ Brigade at the Seminary

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July 27 (rain date July 31)
Larry Korcyzk
The Wheatfield

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August 24 (rain date Aug 31)
Dr. Carol Reardon
A tour of the Spangler Farm

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September 28
Bradley Gottfried
Comparing Antietam and Gettysburg

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October 26
Dennis Doyle
Illinois Regiments at Gettysburg

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November 16
Bruce Davis
Defending O.O. Howard

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December 7
Holiday Banquet at The Dobbin House
Jill Titus
Gettysburg in 1963

 


 

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