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

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January 27, 2022

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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Staff Officers of the AOP – Part 2

Douglas Douds

.          On 28 June 1863, Major General George G. Meade took command of the Army of the Potomac and inherited a professionalized field army staff. For many reasons, staff work is understudied and underappreciated by those who study military history today. In this program, we will briefly explore the Army of the Potomac’s development of its staff as an institutional response to battlefield loss. We will look at the staff’s structure and the professionals that filled those crucial billets during the Gettysburg campaign. Finally, we will examine instances where staff officers and their contributions provided the margin of success that enabled the Army of the Potomac’s Gettysburg victory.

Doug Douds, of Stroudsburg, PA, is a retired Marine Colonel. A faculty member at the U.S. Army War College for the past eight years, he currently teaches the Advanced Strategic Art Program and leads the college’s staff ride program. He has served as a strategist and senior speechwriter for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He commanded a Marine fighter attack squadron in Iraq prior to earning his master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in June 2010. As an F/A-18 pilot, he is Top Gun graduate, deployed multiple times, including carrier deployments to the Mediterranean Sea in support of operations in Bosnia and Kosovo, the Arabian Gulf, and the western Pacific. A graduate of Top Gun, he received two bachelor of arts degrees in political science and history from Wake Forest University. Doug is an avid historian and enjoys facilitating staff rides on Civil War and World War II battlefields.

 


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Bruce Davis, President  402.686.6969

Peter Miele, Vice President petemiele@gmail.com

Eleanor Cingire Bilz, Recording Secretary 717.420.2183

Linda Seamon, Membership Secretary 717.359.7339

David Diner, Treasurer 717.420.5730

Roger Heller, Program Director 717.398.2072

Linda Joswick, Webmaster 717.253.5477

Lynn Heller, Facebook Administrator 717.398.2072

BOARD MEMBERS

Fred Hawthorne (5/22), Lynn Heller (5/24), Roger Heller (5/22), Michele Hessler (5/23), Abbie Hoffman (5/23), Leon Reed 5/24)
Board Member Ex Officio:
Therese Orr

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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

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

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Welcome to the web site of the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg! Since first organized in 1957, we’ve met on the 4th Thursday of every month, until recently in the cozy confines of the Grand Army of the Republic Hall on Middle Street. As the gatherings there were shoulder-to-shoulder, hardly practicable for the age of covid, we’ve made a temporary move to the Gettysburg United Methodist Church, 30 West High Street — which has a certain symmetry, as the GAR building was itself the Civil War-era Methodist Church. Our current space has a lot of advantages, including room for social distancing, free parking in the back, an air filtration system, and excellent livestream capability. The latter is particularly important in the new normal. Starting with the covid shutdowns in March of 2020, we spent the next 14 months with ZOOM only presentations and were surprised at how many people tuned in from across the country. Even as we’ve returned to in person gatherings, we continue to livestream, archiving the presentations for on demand viewing. Elsewhere on this page, you’ll find a link to our past programs, as well as instructions for tuning into our real time gatherings. Our expanding membership includes Civil War enthusiasts from coast to coast; we’d love to include you in our number and hope you’ll check out the membership information elsewhere on this site. Of course, we invite you drop in on one of our meetings. Visitors are always welcome! As you’ll see listed on this site, we’ve got an outstanding roster of speakers lined up for 2022. You might also “Like” our Facebook page, where we post regular updates and photos. Finally, as you have any questions about our group, I invite you to contact me personally: brdgettysburg@gmail.com.

 
Bruce Davis
President

SPEAKERS


2022 CWRT Speaker’s List

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Feb 24
Scott Hartwig
Discussion of new book on Antietam

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March 24
Sue Boardman
The Snyder County Boys

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April 28
Mike McDonnell
Canadians in the Civil War

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May 14
Larry Korczyk
A tour of Day’s Hill ( Saturday morning -outdoors 9:30-noon)

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May 26
Cooper Wingert
The Underground RR in South Central PA

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June 23 (27)
Dr.Jennifer Murray
A Meade at Gettysburg outdoor tour TBD.

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July 28 (Aug 4)
James Hessler
Iverson’s Brigade at Gettysburg (outdoors)

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August 25 (29)
Therese Orr
Outdoor tour TBD

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Sept 22
Mary Turk-Meena
The Committee on the Conduct of the War.

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Oct 27
Tom Vossler & Jeffrey McCausland
Leadership on the Gettysburg Battlefield

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Nov 17
Dr. Brian Luskey
Men Is Cheap

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Dec 1 - Holiday Banquet
Kent Masterson Brown
Meade at Gettysburg


 

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