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—Joe Mieczkowski, past president


December 3


The December meeting will be live-streamed and NOT a gathering for our usual Holiday Banquet. Hopefully we will be able to gather in person in the near future. Everybody stay safe and Happy Holidays.

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“His Place is Clearly [in] the Insane Asylum…:” The True Story of One Union Officer at Gettysburg

Wayne Motts

On the march to Gettysburg, an officer in the 4th United States Infantry Regiment joins his command but upon his arrival with the troops, he declares to his superiors he cannot perform his duties. On 2 July 1863, while not in command, he is with his regiment fighting in the Wheatfield, but leaves the battlefield, and with frazzled nerves ends up at the 11th Union Army Corps Hospital.  What caused this man to leave the fight in the middle of the battle? Was it illness, cowardice, fatigue, temporary insanity, or something else? Join guide, historian, and author Wayne E. Motts as he explores this untold and unpublished story of one man’s personal struggle during and after the Battle of Gettysburg to regain his good name and standing.

Wayne E. Motts is the chief executive officer of The National Civil War Museum located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has been a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park for thirty-two years. He is the author of the only published biography of Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead of the Confederate Army who was mortally wounded on July 3 at Gettysburg, and is the co-author (with James Hessler) of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History. He is a life member of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable.

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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

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.


David A. Joswick

David Joswick, 69, passed away suddenly on October 18, 2020. Dave made many varied contributions to the Roundtable over his 21 years of membership. Most notably, Dave was editor of the newsletter, The Angle, for most of the 20 years it was in circulation. Our sympathy to Linda and their family. Dave will be missed.

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Dear Members and Friends of the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg,

It occurs to me this will be the first that members without e-mail have heard from us since March. It’s not that we’ve forgotten you; with the print shops closed, we haven’t been able to run off paper copies to send in the mail. Those with whom we communicate electronically have actually heard more from the Round Table than was the pre-Covid norm, as we’ve tried to keep the group consistently apprised of our attempts to navigate this strange passage. If you do have e-mail, but haven’t been receiving the regular updates, it probably means we have no record of your e-address, a situation easily corrected. Just shoot me a message, brdgettysburg@gmail.com, and I’ll direct it to our communications team.

As many of you know, my previous life was spent in the ministry. A passage of scripture seems relevant, Jeremiah 8:20, “the summer has ended, and we are not saved”—at least not from Covid-19. I had very much hoped to return to in-person gatherings this fall. As the GAR Hall would hardly facilitate even minimal social distancing, we’d contacted Gettysburg Presbyterian, figuring we could spread out there. The Presbyterians said they would be happy to have us, but then came the state directive limiting gatherings to no more than 25 people, so we gave up on that option, as well. Bottom line: we’ll be meeting online again in September and October. Frankly, things aren’t looking good for gathering at the Dobbin House in December, but we continue to hold out hope.

This is not to say the online meetings have been a disappointment. Far from it. Each of our scheduled presenters—Mary Turk-Meena, James Broomall, Richard Goedkoop, Jared Frederick and Charlie Fennell—has been entirely supportive and cooperative. Richard, Jared and Charlie were to have led us on the battlefield; and adapting to online presentation surely required a lot of extra preparation on their part. I’m writing this on the morning after Charlie Fennell’s program on the fighting at Culp’s Hill. (This will be remembered, Charlie saying he was unaware of any successful head amputations.) We had viewers turning in from Los Angeles, New York, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, multiple locations in Virginia, and even picked up a new member from Georgia!

Add this: we’ve archived each of these online presentations, easily accessed via our website (cwrtgettysburg.org) or Facebook page. A big shout-out to Pete Miele, who is producing the monthly meetings; and to the communications team of Linda Joswick, Dave Joswick, and Lynn Heller, going over and above to keep the web and Facebook sites updated in the current uncertainty. The Round Table Board has upped the frequency of our meetings, facilitated on Zoom by Michele Hessler.

Elsewhere, you’ll find notice of our online/mail-in election of officers. According to our by-laws, this should have happened at our April meeting. Plan B was to elect when we next gathered in person, but who knows when that will be? As this seems the best we can do, I hope you will understand and participate. We have not let Covid-19 halt our mission of historical preservation. This spring, we received an appeal from Civil War Trails for new sponsors and, in addition to a donation, have taken responsibility for the Wayside Marker in Littlestown. I’ve been down there a couple of times since; our membership roster includes a number of Littlestown residents, and if any of you would want to volunteer to help with this, let me know.

Treasurer Dave Diner reports our finances are about where they should be for this time of year. I was a little surprised that our insurance bill went up substantially, particularly as we’ve not been meeting in person, but, of course, the bill’s been paid. We are, of course, hopeful most of our membership will reup for the coming year. Surely, at some point, we’ll get back to something approaching normal. In the meantime, please know we want you to stay safe and healthy, and that the Board is doing all we can to keep the Round Table turning.



January 28
Peter Miele
WW Keen’s Civil War


February 25
Gene Schmiel
General Jacob Cox & The Battle of Franklin


March 25
Cory Pfarr
Longstreet at Gettysburg 
Book Award Winner


April 22
Mike McDonnell
Canadians in the CW


May 27
Sue Boardman
Snyder County Boys


June 24 (29)
Larry Korczyz
Chapman Biddle's Brigade


July 22 (29)
Terese Orr
Frances Irsch and the 45th NY


Aug 26 (31)
Stuart Dempsey
11th Corps topic (specific topic not chosen yet)


September 23
Zachery Fry
Politics in the Army of the Potomac


October 28
Bradley Gottfried
Point Lookout Prison


November 18
Scott Rosenau
Lincoln and the Founders of the Nation


December 2nd (Holiday Banquet)
Kevin Pawlak
Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation



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