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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May 26, 2022

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

The Underground RR in South Central PA

Cooper Wingert

Much like the rest of the nation, South Central Pennsylvania struggled with slavery. The institution lingered locally for more than fifty years, although it was virtually extinct everywhere else within Pennsylvania. Gradually, antislavery views prevailed. The Appalachian Mountains and the Susquehanna River provided natural cover for fleeing slaves, causing an influx of travel along the Underground Railroad. Historian Cooper Wingert will explore the struggles between slavery and abolition in South Central Pennsylvania. 

Cooper Wingert is the author of 10 books including Slavery and the Underground Railroad in South Central Pennsylvania, Abolitionists of South Central Pennsylvania, The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign’s Northernmost Reaches, and Harrisburg and the Civil War: Defending the Keystone of the Union. He is the recipient of the 2012 Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Award, and the Thomas Morrow Prize in Australian history. He is currently taking his PhD at Georgetown University.


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.

*** Masks are optional, but encouraged for those unvaccinated. Please attempt to socially distance.***

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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

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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.

June 23 (Rain date on June 27).
George Gordon Meade's Leadership on July 2. Led by Dr. Jennifer Murray.
Meet at the Pennsylvania Monument. Park along Hancock Ave - remember to park with all 4 wheels on the paved surface. Or park at the Overflow lot along the Taneytown Road.

July 28 (Rain Date August 4)
lverson's Brigade at Gettysburg. Led by LBG James Hessler.
Meet at the Peace Light and park in that lot.

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.

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

May 26
Cooper Wingert
The Underground RR in South Central PA

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June 23 (27)
Dr. Jennifer Murray
General Meade’s Leadership (outdoor tour)

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July 28 (Aug 4)
James Hessler
Iverson’s Brigade at Gettysburg (outdoor tour)

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August 25 (29)
Therese Orr
 Benner's Hill (outdoor tour)

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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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