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—Joe Mieczkowski, past president


March 25


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

This meeting will be streamed live at the below address:

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Longstreet at Gettysburg:
The Creation of a Scapegoat and
Perpetuation of a Lie

Cory Pfarr
2020 Book Award Winner

This presentation will examine how an agenda-driven, postwar campaign against James Longstreet's alleged actions at the Battle of Gettysburg has been perpetuated by numerous twentieth century and modern historians for well over a century.

Cory M. Pfarr works for the Department of Defense. He is the author of the award-winning Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment (McFarland Publishers, 2019), in addition to John Quincy Adams's Republicanism: 'A Thousand Obstacles Apparently Stand Before Us' (Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014). He is an associate editor for North & South Magazine, a member of the Society for History in the Federal Government, has written articles for North & South Magazine and Gettysburg Magazine, and appeared on the Pennsylvania Cable Network and C-SPAN American History TV. He lives in Fallston, Maryland with his wife and three kids.

Cory has just finished the first draft of his second book, tentavively titled, Reflections on the Longstreet-Gettysburg Controversy: Six Essays, which is under contract with McFarland Publishers. In June 2021 it's scheduled to go to peer review.   

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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.


Save The Date 
Saturday, June 5, 2021*

Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Field Trip

Walk/Tour of "Lost Avenue"

Led by Dean Schultz

We are scheduled to depart from the Baker Farm on the Baltimore Pike at 9:30 AM on Saturday June 5, 2021. The tour will be over at approximately noon.

Attendees are asked to wear a mask.

This tour is for Members Only. There is no charge.

*The bus Field Trip to Harrisburg with Cooper Wingert has been canceled.


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

I’ve been thinking on a line from a Tennessee Williams play. A character asks, “What’s the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?” This is the answer: “Just staying on it, I guess….” Maybe the same can be said for a cold covid winter: Just coping may be a victory of sorts. On the upside, I guess: It was so frigid and windy on January 28 that a lot of our members might not have come out for an in person gathering. As it was, the coronavirus-forced adaptation to livestreaming gave us the luxury of hearing Pete Miele’s excellent presentation from the warmth of our own homes, joined by viewers from upstate New York, Georgia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Oregon, California, Wisconsin, both Carolinas, Fall River, Massachusetts, Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma and Missouri and Kansas, and across Pennsylvania. While many of those may have friends of Pete, it was still pretty neat.

That said, we’re anxious for the day we can resume meeting in person. The Board has set a goal of spending summer on the battlefield, with a September return to the G.A.R.. As previously noted, we will continue to livestream and archive our programs. Note also: We’ve cancelled the April bus trip to Harrisburg, but are looking at other field trip options.

Unlike last year, when the coronavirus threw our elections off-kilter, we’re going to stick with the timetable set forth in the by-laws: A nominations committee of Richard Mancini, Linda Seamon and Michele Hessler will present a slate for consideration in March with the election held in April. We’ll follow a process much like what we finally resorted to last fall—what amounted to an e-vote.

If we have your e-mail address, by now you’ve received multiple invitations to join our new group e-mail program through groups.io. So far, we have 125 “subscribers”—not that it costs anything. This is proving to be a very efficient way to communicate. If you aren’t receiving these mailings, but would like to, let me know via my personal e-mail: brdgettysburg@gmail.com.

It occurs to me that our February meeting will mark the one-year anniversary of our last gathering at the G.A.R. before the virus shut us down. I can’t thank you enough for your patience and support. Dave Diner tells me we’ve had a remarkable number of membership renewals. That means a lot. If you’ve not reupped, it would be a source of encouragement if you did. Of course, the greatest encouragement will be seeing your faces when we’re on the battlefield this summer.

While you’ll find everything you need to know about our February program elsewhere on this page, this may be worth noting: Gene Schmiel had originally been scheduled to address us in November 2019, but the meeting was cancelled on account of weather. That shouldn’t be an issue this time!

Bruce Davis


April 22
Carolyn Ivanoff
Clara Barton and the Missing Soldier's Office


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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