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—Joe Mieczkowski, past president


August 27


The August meeting will be live-streamed and NOT a gathering at the GAR Hall or on the Battlefield.

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Charles Fennell

The fighting at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, is more often that not presented as the grand assault on the Union center popularly known as Pickett’s Charge, a euphemism created by the National Park Service in the 1930’s to attract Southern visitors to the battlefield.  Yet the fighting on July 3 actually started eight and a half hours before the artillery barrage that preceded Picket’s Charge had begun.
At 4:35 AM Union artillery arrayed along the Baltimore Pike opened fire thus beginning the longest sustained major fighting of the battle on the Union right at Culp’s Hill.  This program will attempt to put this terrific conflict in perspective and make the public aware that there is a lot more to the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, than just Pickett’s Charge.

Charlie Fennell was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and became interested in the Civil War in the early 1960’s during the centennial and never lost his fascination with the story.  Charlie received degrees form Frostburg State College, Clarion State College and a Doctorate in History from West Virginia University.  The subject of his dissertation was the fighting on Culp’s Hill during the Battle of Gettysburg.  Charlie is a published author, has appeared on the History Channel as well as presenting numerous programs for various Civil War Roundtables.  Today he lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with his wife of 40 years Joleen and can usually be found on the Battlefield of Gettysburg conducting tours as a Licensed Battlefield Guide, a vocation he has enjoyed for 35 years.

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Bruce Davis ..............................................President

Hilda Koontz............................................Vice President

Eleanor Cingire Bilz...........................Recording Secretary

Linda Seamon...............................Membership Secretary

David Diner...................................................Treasurer

Roger Heller .......................................Program Director

Linda Joswick .............................................Webmaster

Dave Joswick......................................Newsletter Editor

Lynn Heller.................................Facebook Administrator











Fred Hawthorne (5/22), Roger Heller (5/22), Michele Hessler, Abbie Hoffman, Peter Miele (5/21) , Bill Myers (5/21)
Board Member Ex Officio:
Larry Plymire, Past President: Lynn Heller (5/21)

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.


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Greetings to all...
...Members and Friends of the Civil War Roundtable of Gettysburg,

When I retired in 2018, the congregation I was serving in Omaha was gracious enough to give me early leave, so I could be settled into Gettysburg in time for the 155th battle anniversary. That year’s reenactment was north of town and I was wowed by the experience. The day was sweltering, disabusing any notion I might enlist as a reenactor. Wearing a wool uniform in this kind of heat and humidity looked to be unbearable. But it was a magnificent spectacle and I had a grand time exploring the camp. It’s well that I did, as this year’s anniversary is shaping up quite differently. Happily, as a resident of Gettysburg, I’ll still be able to experience the field in real time, at the approximate positions of the respective armies over the three days of battle, capped off by walking Pickett’s Charge. I’ll make this year’s charge with the Hessler/Motts account in hand, and hope not to drip too much sweat on the pages.

Like pretty much every other organization in the age of Coronavirus, the Roundtable is trying to make the best of a less than optimal situation. I am disappointed to settle for a virtual Summer on the Battlefield, but it’s far from a total loss. I made it a point to visit Culp’s Hill yesterday. I’m at Culp’s Hill regular and this latest excursion was informed by Richard Goedkoop’s wonderful June 25 online presentation, What Mean These Stones? It would have been even better, I suppose, to have walked the ground with the Licensed Battlefield Guide; on the other hand, his virtual tour included photos of monument dedications that might have been more difficult to appreciate in the normative pass-arounds. Dr. Goedkoop surely had to do some serious revisiting of his planned presentation for online purposes and we are deeply appreciative of his effort. Richard’s program, like those of Mary Turk-Meena and James Broomall in April and May, are archived on our website and Facebook page. And this is cool: In August, we’ll virtually revisit Culp’s Hill, this time with Charlie Fennell. Rich focused on the stones; Dr. Fennell will walk us through the battle action.

We are very much hoping to be back inside in September. As the GAR is about the worst possible place for social distancing, we’re currently exploring other temporary options that would afford larger space to spread out. We’ll keep you posted on that, of course.

We have not hit “pause” on preservation. In a June Zoom meeting, the Board of Directors voted to approve a request of support from Civil War Trails. The excellent organization is needing some new sponsors, and we will be taking responsibility for the marker at the Littlestown History Plaza. There was quite a trail of Federals coming through Littlestown up the Baltimore Pike. The cavalry of Kilpatrick and Custer rode into town on June 29, Custer is said to have stayed in a hotel across the street from the History Plaza. The XII Corps was cheered by residents on the 30th of June, followed two days later by VI Corps in their epic march. All told, some 30,000 Federals came to Gettysburg on this Civil War Trail. We’re talking with the organization about partnering in future projects.

Please continue to check for updates on the website www.cwrtgettysburg.org and Facebook page. This is not how I saw my second year in office going, but I remain enormously thankful for the opportunity to serve as president of the Civil War Roundtable of Gettysburg.



September 24
Ewell's Corps in the Gettysburg Campaign
Robert Wynstra, Book Award Winner


October 22
Staff Officers and Their Impact on the Battle of Gettysburg
Douglas Douds


November 12
A Soldier and His Lady, Letters
Gene Barr


December 3
Holiday Banquet
Wayne Motts, subject TBD


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