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


October 27


Leadership on the Gettysburg Battlefield

Tom Vossler

The program will serve to explain how and why individual, collective and organizational leadership principles of the 19th Century are still applicable to 21st Century leaders.  Leadership principles and attributes to be highlighted will be those universal over time, universal over occupation and universal over nationality.

The Gettysburg battle and the leaders of that battle will serve as a case study in providing the explanation as captured in the book Battle Tested! Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, co-authored by Jeffrey D. McCausland and Tom Vossler.

Colonel Tom Vossler, U.S. Army (Retired) served thirty years in the U.S. Army. Tom is a graduate of The Pennsylvania Military College and holds a Master’s degree from Georgia State University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

He taught military history, strategy and leadership at the U.S. Army War College and was a director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks.
In 1998, Tom became a Licensed Battlefield Guide.
Tom’s published books on the American Civil War include: “The Gettysburg Campaign” and “A Field Guide to Gettysburg” and Field Guide to Antietam", with Carol Reardon.  Battle Tested - Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, was co-author Jeff McCausland.

Tom and wife Barbara live on their 60-acre Mountain View Farm located on Knoxlyn Ridge only a mile and a half from Gettysburg’s First Shot Marker. They raise registered and purebred beef cows, heifers and bulls for a North American herd replacement market.

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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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


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



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.


Holiday Banquet

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

Reservations must be received by November 25, 2022.

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


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


Dec 1 - Holiday Banquet
Kent Masterson Brown
Meade at Gettysburg


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