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


February 22, 2018


Gettysburg Confederates

Tom McMillan

Tom McMillan’s book, Gettysburg Rebels is the gripping true story of five young men who grew up in Gettysburg, moved south to Virginia in the 1850s, joined the Confederate army – and returned “home” as foreign invaders for the great battle in July 1863. Drawing on rarely-seen documents and family histories, as well as military service records, courthouse records, newspaper clippings and contemporary accounts, McMillan delves into the backgrounds of Wesley Culp, Henry Wentz and the little-known Hoffman brothers in a riveting tale of Civil War drama and intrigue. His scovery of a six-page, hand-written "Story of Wesley Culp," written by Wesley’s niece, sheds new light on the traditional Culp story known by Gettysburg visitors.

Tom McMillan works in sports but his passion is history – especially Civil War history. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, and on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation. He also volunteers as a tour guide at the "Thomas Espy" Civil War Room at Carnegie Library in Carnegie, PA, which is named for one of his ancestors. More than 31 members of his family tree served in the Union Army during the Civil War, including eight members of the 62nd Pennsylvania who fought in The Wheatfield at Gettysburg. McMillan’s previous book was Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11. His day job is vice president of communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. McMillan grew up near Pittsburgh and earned a journalism degree from Point Park University. He and his wife, Colleen, are regular visitors and plan to move to Gettysburg upon retirement.

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 6:30 pm, the program starting at 7.

Whenever severe weather is predicted, program information can be found on the roundtable website and Facebook page after 3 PM or you can call Lynn at 717-398-2072.

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

Kendra Debaney.....................................Vice President

Eleanor Cingire Bilz...........................Recording Secretary

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

David Diner...................................................Treasurer

Roger Heller .......................................Program Director

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

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Ellie Cingire Bilz, David Diner, Fred Hawthorne, Lynn Heller, Roger Heller, Hilda Koontz, Dale Molina, Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Linda Seamon, Kendra Debany (past president)

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm at Perkins Restaurant in Gettysburg. If you would like to eat before the meeting, please arrive by 5:30 pm. Board meetings are the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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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.


CWRT Field Trip - April 28, 2018

Scott Mingus Jr. will be our guide as we follow the route of Confederate General Jubal Early from Gettysburg to the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville and Columbia and then the return trip Early took back to Gettysburg.

Among the stops we will make are:

  • Abbottstown
  • Hanover Junction
  • Penn Park
  • Wrightsville
  • Columbia
  • Big Mount
We will spend considerable time discussing and learning about the Susquehanna River Bridge from Wrightsville to Columbia, the Great Fire, and it's impact on the Gettysburg Campaign.


Happy New Year, Friends!!

2017 was a great year for our roundtable, thanks in large part to you, our loyal members, who bring spirit and fellowship to all our meetings and events.

As I look back, it is heart-warming to know that be-cause of your generous preservation contributions, we were able to present two donations this year. In May, we presented a check for $500.00 to Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and in October, a $500.00 check to the Adams County Historical Society for their capital campaign towards a new home for the society and their precious collections.

We enjoyed an excellent roster of speakers, and three out-standing “on the field” summer programs – with no rain!

In May, we spent a lovely and educational day on tour at the Antietam National Battlefield led by Tom Clemens; In September we were delighted to present Barbara Finfrock with the well deserved Cal Doucette Achievement Award. Her many contributions and achievements for the Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Gettysburg community have made her a Gettysburg Treasure. Our December Holiday Banquet was a huge success, with the announcement of the 2017 Annual Book Award, and the lively presentation by Pat Falci of “Behind the Scenes” of the movie Gettysburg.

Happily we welcomed many new members this year, indulged in the wonderful refreshments, enjoyed each other’s company, marveled at the beautiful historic GAR Hall, and appreciated Hilda’s leadership in the Book raffle. Al Ferranto took charge of reinstating ‘Show & Tell’ which has added an extra element of learning to our meetings.

Now as we look ahead to 2018, we anticipate another banner year of meetings & field tours, and of course the camaraderie that we all enjoy. The best to you all in 2018!

Honored to be your President, - Lynn


March 22
Hancock at Gettysburg
CWRT Book Award Winner Author
Paul Bretzger


April 26
Background for CWRT Field Trip
Civil War History of York County, PA

Scott MIngus


May 24
West Point Class of 1862
Brian McEnany


June 28
(Rain Date: July 12)
Confederate Sharpshooters in the Gettysburg Streets
Jarrad Fuoss


July 26
(Rain Date: August 2)
The Battle for the Seminary
Benjamin Neely


August 23
(Rain Date: August 30)
Camp Colt
Paul Shevchuk


September 27
Civil War Medical and Surgical Techniques
Peter D'Onofrio


October 25
96th PA Volunteers
David Ward


General Jacob Cox and the Battle of Franklin
Gene Schmiel


Members Holiday Party
Dr. Carol Reardon




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