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


September 24, 2015


The C&O Canal/Gettysburg Connection

Tim Snyder

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal extended for 184.5 miles from Cumberland, Maryland, to Georgetown within the boundary of Washington, D.C. Although not as well known as its commercial rival, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, it was a major coal carrier during the war, supplying the Union army, navy and the public. As a result, it was repeatedly damaged by the Confederates throughout the conflict. The C&O Canal played its most significant role in any single campaign in 1863. This talk will examine the damages southern troops inflicted to the waterway and the important part the canal played on behalf of the Union army as it pursued the Confederates to and from Gettysburg.


Tim Snyder has an M.A. in history from Shippensburg University. He is the author of Trembling in the Balance: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal during the Civil War. He has written more than a dozen articles and book reviews that have appeared in publications such as the Maryland Historical Magazine and Catoctin History. Mr. Snyder works in the health insurance industry and lives in Hagerstown, Maryland.

NOTE: Street Repair Update

At this time, E. Middle Street repairs look to be halfway done, with work scheduled to continue into November. Right now, the street is opened for traffic, but no parking. The sidewalks are unfinished but walkable. Both parking lots near the GAR Hall are open for parking. This may all change by the time of our meeting, so perhaps add a little extra time into your arrival plans.

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.

As winter approaches, inclement weather may threaten people safely attending a meeting. If a meeting is cancelled due to weather, information will be sent to the local radio station before 3 pm. Announcements will be made on ESPN Radio 1320 AM and WGTY 107.7 FM. You may also call the President after 3 pm.


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

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

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

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

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

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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.


Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office Is D.C.’s Newest Museum

By Nancy Jennis Olds. Read the complete story in the newsletter.

The recent dedication of the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum at 437 7th St. NW, downtown Washington, was the culmination of a discovery Richard Lyons made in 1997.

He was a carpenter for the federal General Services Administration (GSA), which planned to demolish the deteriorating building it had owned for years. Lyons recalled that he felt a presence in a third floor room as he walked through the vacant building. Then he spotted an envelope hanging from a crack in the ceiling. He climbed up an old ladder and found the opening to the attic. Reaching in, he first touched a tin sign reading “Missing Soldiers Office, Miss Clara Barton.” Lyons shared his discovery with Gary Scott, a now-retired National Park Service historian. They realized Lyons had made a significant discovery.

Clara Barton operated the Office of Missing Soldiers at her apartment from 1865-1868, supporting it with her funds and $15,000 voted by Congress. According to the museum her office clarified the designation of nearly 22,000 soldiers listed as missing in action and responded to nearly 63,000 pieces of correspondence.

Wunderlich said, “Don’t think that this is about a museum of history. This museum is for anyone who was touched by Clara Barton. Who should come to the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum? Everybody. Today, Clara came home.”

Details about the restoration can be read in the January 2014 Preservation News column at www.civilwarnews.com. Museum information is at 202-824-0613 and www.clarabartonmuseum.org.

Hello Friends!

The hot sultry summer days are on the way out, but didn’t we have three awesome “in the field” events? Under umbrellas we toured the Evergreen Cemetery with LBG Tim Smith in the light rain, always learning something new about our departed Gettysburgians from Extra Timmy!

A beautiful July evening found us moving around the battlefield with LBG Rich Kohr, who regaled us with the fascinating, and often humorous story of the 1922 Marine Encampment and re-enactment on the Picketts Charge fields. And speaking of Pickett’s Charge, how about our August battle stomping with LBG’s James Hessler and Wayne Motts, focusing on the oft overlooked Trimble/Pettigrew assault. Their excellent tour was enjoyed by all, and added to our understanding of the ‘Most Famous Attack in American History.” Over the summer, the Board of Directors decided that these special summer programs will henceforth be available to roundtable members only.

You will find in this newsletter a new “Member Questionaire”, which we really hope you will take some time to fill out. We want to know how you are feeling and what you are thinking about how our roundtable is doing, and any input you care to share.

As we usher in the crisp days of autumn, there is always the possibility of that white fluffy stuff from above. As a reminder, if our meeting must be cancelled due to weather concerns, please listen to WGTY – 107.7FM, or WGET – 1320 AM, or call me: 717-398-2072 in the afternoon around 3 PM.

As we look forward to once again reuniting in the beautiful Historic GAR Hall for our monthly indoor meetings, a great lineup of speakers awaits us! And lets be thankful that we have such a fine membership of Gettysburg/Civil War enthusiasts, with whom we can socialize, share, and learn, and who we get to call our friends. I know I am! Cheers!

- Lynn


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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