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


July 23, 2015


The 1922 Marine Encampment at Gettysburg

Rich Kohr

KohrRich Kohr is a native of Lebanon PA, and a graduate of Lebanon Valley College. He has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 1995. Rich is a former president of the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and has presented programs for Harrisburg Area Community College, the Gettysburg Foundation, and numerous Civil War Roundtables. He has been researching the US Marine Corps maneuvers which occurred in Gettysburg in 1922 for over four years, and is currently working on a book on the subject.

We will meet Rich for his walk and talk at the NC State Memorial at 6 PM. Please note that the summer walks are for members only.

Our meetings are the Fourth Thursday of each month.

From September to May, we meet at the GAR Building, 53 East Middle Street. Light refreshments and conversation starting at 7 pm, the program starting at 7:30. Our summer meetings are for members only and are in the field starting at 6:00 p.m. Please note the meeting location of each meeting.

For the outdoor programs in June, July and August, if inclement weather threatens, an announcement of a change of venue will be sent to the local radio station at noon and they will broadcast the change.  In that case, we will meet at the GAR Hall. Announcements will be made on ESPN Radio 1320 AM and WGTY 107.7 FM.


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Lynn Heller ........................................President

Roger Heller ...........................................Vice President

Fred Hawthorne.....................................Recording Secretary

Linda Seamon.........................................Membership Secretary

JoyceAnn Deal ........................................Treasurer

Linda Joswick .........................................Webmaster

Dave Joswick...........................................Newsletter Editor









Hilda Koontz, Larry Korczyk, Dale Molina, Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Don Sangirardi, Linda Seamon, Kendra Debany (past President)

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm in the back room at Dunlaps Restaurant. If you would like to eat before the meeting, please arrive by 6:00 pm. Board meetings are the second Thursday of January, March, May, September, and November. The Board meets on the third Thursday in July.



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.


Bobby and Matt Housch winners of Cal Doucette Achievement Award

The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable has announced that Bob-by and Matt Housch are this year’s winners of the Cal Doucette Achievement Award. Through their use of technology they have made it possible for thousands of people who otherwise might not be able to visit Gettysburg to learn about the battle’s history, to see beautiful photos of the Park and to enjoy many of the Ranger programs presented by the National Park Service.

In February, 2008 Bobby began the information web site Get-tysburg Daily. The site featured daily photos of the battlefield and video tours of the field and nearby areas led by Licensed Battlefield Guides. It also presented information about changes taking place in the Park as well as Bobby’s reports of, and discussions about, issues involving the Park, such as vandalism, tree removal, storm damage to monuments, and the removal of the old Cyclorama building. At its peak the site was receiving over 30,000 visits a month and was viewed in about 150 countries. Although the site is no longer updated on a regular basis, it can still be visited at www. gettysburgdaily.com where its archives are an in depth source of information about the battle and the battlefield.

In addition to working on the Gettysburg Daily web site with his father, Matt has volunteered making videos of the Park’s summer Ranger programs and the Winter Lecture Series. Matt has put these summer and winter programs on line thereby giving folks the opportunity to go see the summer Ranger field tours or to hear the talks which were presented this past winter. If you had wanted to hear a specific talk this past winter, but were deterred from attending due to bad weather, you can go to the site www.youtube. com/gettysburgnps and see what you missed. When you visit this site you can see the large number of hits each of Matt’s videos has received.

Cal Doucette had been an active member of the CWRT board and had commented on how it would be appropriate to create an award for people who do something special for the Park, or who contribute to people learning about or appreciating the significance of Gettysburg and the Civil War. After Cal’s death your CWRT Board created the Cal Doucette Achievement Award in his memory. We believe that Bobby and Matt’s work make them worthy recipients of this year’s award, and we urge you to visit and make use of their web sites. The presentation of the award is scheduled for our September meeting. We hope you will be able to attend.


Every two years, May brings with it a change in leadership for our Round-table. This May, as Kendra steps down from the Presidency, we give her our sin-cere appreciation for a job well done, but happily not a goodbye. We are delighted that she will continue to contribute to the Roundtable as an important presence on our Board of Directors.

I am honored to be assuming the Presidency of our most awesome Roundtable. You, the membership, are an incredibly loyal, knowledgable,and friendly group of folks It will be a pleasure to continue my association with you as your President. Your ideas and input are important, so please share any suggestions you may have with me, or anyone on the Board of Directors. A special thanks to those on the Board — Huzzah to Hilda and Ron for re-upping for another term of service!

We have some great programs to look forward to! As always, they are listed in this, The Angle, our amazing newsletter, as well as the meeting places for our June, July, and August summer “on the field” programs. Enjoy!

- Lynn


August 27
Wayne Motts and James Hessler
Pickett's Charge


Sept 24
Tim Snyder
The C&O Canal in the Gettysburg Campaign


October 22
Brian McEnany and James Lewis
The March of the 2nd Corps to Gettysburg in June 1863


November 19
Philip Leigh
lntersectional Trade During the Civil War


Dec - Holiday Banquet
Dr. Charlie Fennell
Civil War Armies in the Winter



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