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—Joe Mieczkowski, past president

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May 28

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

The May meeting will be live-streamed and NOT a gathering at the GAR Hall.

President's Letter May 21, 2020

This meeting will be streamed live at the below address:
https://www.facebook.com/CivilWarRoundTableOfGettysburg/live/

You do not need to be a member of FaceBook to view this meeting.

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UPON THE TENTED FIELD:
Manliness and Community in
Confederate Camps

Dr. James Broomall

Although Civil War combat often receives the lion’s share of attention, the average soldier spent the majority of his life in camp. Military encampments served as the civilian’s entry into the military world, fostered relationships among soldiers thereby building esprit de corps, and became touchstones in wartime letters and postwar memoirs. This talk will recreate this environment and soldiers’ experiences therein though letters, art, and artifacts.

Dr. James J. Broomall is an associate professor of history at Shepherd University and the director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, which promotes a dialogue among popular and academic audiences by integrating scholarship, education, and engagement. He has published articles in Civil War Times, Civil War History, and The Journal of the Civil War Era and co-edited with William A. Link, Rethinking American Emancipation: Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The University of North Carolina Press published his book, Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers, as part of the Civil War America series in 2019. Dr. Broomall has completed one major historic resource study for the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park and has just submitted a rough draft of another one for the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. He and several colleagues are currently researching an African American community in and around the Ferry Hill site for the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park.


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OFFICERS

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

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BOARD MEMBERS

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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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

The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Spring 2020 Field Trip has been cancelled.

Greetings to all...

This will be an abbreviated newsletter. With printing shops closed, it’s being sent exclusively by e-mail. If you know of folks who don’t have e-access, you might give them a call to update personally. Given social distancing guidelines, we won’t try to assemble at the GAR this month. Happily, our initial online experience, produced by Pete Miele, went quite well. Licensed Battlefield Guide Mary Turk-Meena overcame a mid-lecture glitch to offer a splendid presentation on the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. This was particularly interesting: We had people tuning in from across the country, with one viewer in Australia!

Happily, our scheduled May presenter, Dr. James Broomall, Director of Civil War studies at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown West, Virginia, has consented to giving his program online. We’ll go on air at the regular date and time, Thursday, May 28, 7:00. If anyone had a problem linking in via the Round Table web site or Facebook page, I am yet to hear of it. Those will continue to serve as our platform for information updates. I am hopeful, if not necessarily optimistic, that we’ll be able to meet at Culp’s Hill, June 26, 6:00 PM, for the first of our summer battlefield adventures, but given the unknowns, we invite you to please visit the web site, www.cwrtgettysburg.org and/or Facebook page for updates.

One more thing. Congratulations to Round Table member Brad Gottfried on the latest volume in his Savas Beatie “Maps” series. The Maps Of The Cavalry In The Gettysburg Campaign is now available for advance purchase on Amazon, the Savas Beatie site, and sure to offered widely elsewhere. I had the privilege of seeing an advance copy and will count it as terrific addition to a home library that already includes numerous Brad Gottfried titles.

Stay healthy!

- BRD

SPEAKERS

June 25 : July 2
Culp’s Hill Memorials
Richard Goedkoop

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July 23: July 30
The Uses of the Battlefield in the 30’s and 40’s
Jared Frederick

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August 27: Sept 3
The Other Side of East Cemetery Hill
Charles Fennell

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

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

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November 12
A Soldier and His Lady, Letters
Gene Barr

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December 3
Holiday Banquet
Wayne Motts, subject TBD


 

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