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


Meeting date: April 25, 2024


Brown's Rhode Island Battery B

Stephen Evangelista

Stephen, an American Civil War historian and author, will discuss his new book, Our Story: The Lives and Legacy of Those Who Served in Battery B First Rhode Island Light Artillery. The book has been widely received and acclaimed since its publication. It has been accepted into the Gettysburg National Park Research Library and has been endorsed and promoted by the Rhode Island Publications Society, The Adams County Historical Society, the Heritage Harbor Foundation, and the Rupp House History Center in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Our Story has also been promoted and featured on numerous programs including WINY's The Gary Osbrey Show, WPRO's The John Loughlin Show, several podcasts, and spotlighted on the Rhode Island Veterans Network. All the proceeds from his book go to support educational programs supported by the modern-day Battery B First Rhode Island Light Artillery Inc.

Stephen Evangelista is an alumna of Providence College where he graduated valedictorian as well as having attended the Harvard Extension School in Boston. Stephen is a living historian and historical interpreter. He is a member of Battery B First Rhode Island Light Artillery Inc. and serves as one of its executive officers.

He has spent the last 27 years in Federal Government service. He currently serves as the Acting Deputy Commissioner for policy and research at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, Maryland, and has been a member of the Senior Executive Service Corps since 2013. In his current role, he serves as the principal advisor to the Commissioner of Social Security on significant policy issues and is responsible for all major activities in the areas of strategic and program policy planning, policy research and evaluation, statistical programs, and overall policy development, analysis, and implementation.

Among other professional accomplishments, he has served on the White House Data Cabinet; is responsible for creating several Social Security Administration agency-level organizations and established the first Data Sharing Community of Practice in the Federal Government. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Federal Innovator of the Year, the Commissioner’s Award for Open Government, and the prestigious Presidential Rank Award, which is the highest award a civilian federal executive can receive during their career.

In addition to his distinguished federal career, and status as a self-published author, he is also an accomplished musician and singer/songwriter. His album entitled, 'North of Now' was featured among ambient collections on Broadjam.com and he has more than 15 copyrighted musical works including an original work that is part of the permanent collection at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

Though a native Rhode Islander, Stephen lives in Eldersburg, Maryland with his wife and two children.

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 (2024 will be held the on 3/21/24), 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.

If you are interested in more information, or joining, one the committees, please contact any Officer or Board Member.



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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



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
Carolyn Ivanoff
We Fought at Gettysburg: the 17th CT Regiment


November 21
John Heiser
The George Rose Farm of Gettysburg


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



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