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


Banquet date: Wednesday, Dec. 6: Meeting date: January 25, 2024


The Civil War Rountable of Gettysburg Holiday Banquet

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Dobbin House
Abigail Adams Banquet Room

The Topic is

A Grand Patriotic Spectacle: The Battle of Gettysburg at 100

Jill Titus

This talk will focus on commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and its impacts on the local tourist economy, the historic fabric of downtown, and ongoing struggles over land use and battlefield preservation. We will also explore the impact of the centennial on Gettysburg NMP’s efforts to build a new museum facility that would anchor the visitor experience in Ziegler’s Grove and the significance of the grassroots historical pageantry undertaken by local people. Briefly stepping back from the local scene, we will also examine the ways that the centennial anniversary was used to fight the Cold War and both support AND oppose mid-20th century campaigns for civil rights.

Jill Ogline Titus is associate director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and co-coordinator of the college’s Public History minor. She is the author of Gettysburg 1963: Civil Rights, Cold War Politics, and Historical Memory in America’s Most Famous Small Town (University of North Carolina Press, October 2021), winner of the Willie Lee Rose Prize, and Brown’s Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County (UNC Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Library of Virginia Literary Award. From 2007 to 2012, Titus was Associate Director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Prior to joining the staff of the Starr Center, she worked seasonally for the National Park Service. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts in 2007.

Reservations must be received by Tuesday, November 28.
Date....... Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Time...... 6:00 PM, beginning with social time and a cash bar.
Dinner will be served when all or most guests have arrived.
Place...... The Historic Dobbin House
Cost....... $30.00 per person.

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Our meetings are the Fourth Thursday of each month.

We meet at ACHS Battlefield Overlook Events Center, 625 Biglerville Road, 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

Michele Hessler, Vice President

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

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(2024) Abbie Hoffman, Lynn Heller; (2025) Rip Engle, Roger Heller; (2026) Ted Hirt, Jaimee Umstattd
Board Member Ex Officio:
Therese Orr

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November. We meet at 6 pm at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery at 859 York Street, Gettysburg. Minutes will be posted on the website.

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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.


Annual Holiday Banquet

The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable will be held on

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

at the Historic Dobbin House.

Jill Titus will be presenting
A Grand Patriotic Spectacle:
The Battle of Gettysburg at 100

Dinner, Door Prizes, a great speaker and good fellowship. A great way to start of the Holiday Season.

More Information and Registation Form



Introducing the first issue of our new Newsletter!

Read the complete issue here.

You can view videos of past meetings on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/CivilWarRoundTableOfGettysburg/live/

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This is a very exciting time for the Gettysburg Civil War Round of Table as we move our meetings to the brand new Event Center at the Adams County Historical Society on Biglerville Road. Our Round Table was founded in 1957 by leaders of the ACHS and seems to have operated as the Civil War arm of the organization. I see our moving to the marvelous new facility as a reunion of sort. The space is perfect for our functional needs, including ample free parking, and a scenic view of the battlefield overlooking the monuments on Howard Avenue east to Barlow’s Knoll. While the location will be different, most everything else will stay the same. The meetings from September through May will be on the fourth Thursday evening of the month, starting at 7:00. For those unable to be with us in person, we’ll be livestreaming on our website, cwrtgettysburg.org, then archiving the programs for “on demand” viewing. In the summer months, we’ll be on the battlefield, still on the 4th Thursdays, the tours of June, July and August starting at 6:00. When I was first elected president of the board, I was cautioned not to recruit new members as we were already at maximum seating capacity in the historic Grand Army of the Republic Hall on East Middle Street. That won’t be an issue at the new meeting site and we’re very much hoping to receive a strong wave of new enlistments. You’ll find membership information elsewhere on this page. Thanks for checking us out!

Bruce Davis




January 25
Codie Eash
The Summer of 1869:
Gettysburg's First Blue-Gray Reunion


February 22
Bruce Davis
Defending General O. O. Howard


March 28
Allen Thompson
In the Shadow of the Round Tops


April 25
Stephen Evangelista
Brown's Rhode Island Battery


May 23
Lisa Samia
The Nameless & Faceless of the Civil War in Poetry


June 8 (Saturday 9:30 am to noon)
Fred Hawthorne
Places Every Guide Should Know: Hancock Avenue Edition


June 27 (Rain date June 28)
Jasan Hileman
Red Carroll's Brigade


July 25 (Rain date July29)
Larry Korcyzk
The Wheatfield — Part 2


August 22 (Rain date August 26)
Ralph Seigel
11th Corps Program TBA


September 26
Derek Maxfield
General William T. Sherman's Civil War


October 24
Jeff Harding
How Weather Effected the Civil War


November 21
John Heiser
The George Rose Farm of Gettysburg


December 5 - Holiday Banquet
Charles Fennell
Culp's Hill "Rediscovered"



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