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


October 23, 2014


Gettysburg Vignettes

Diana Loski

October 23, 2014

DianaLoskiDiana Loski will be relating Gettysburg Vignettes she has come across during research for her magazine, The Gettysburg Experience.

Some of the people who will be discussed include Lieutenant Don Gordon from Georgia, and how a Confederate father and a Union doctor brought him home from Gettysburg. Don Gordon died after the battle on July 2, 1863, and asked his best friend and fellow Confederate soldier to see that he was buried at home. His journey back to Georgia is well worth telling. Another is the story of Colonel Samuel McCartney Jackson of the 30th Pennsylvania, his fight in the Wheatfield, and how his grandson, the actor James Stewart, was inspired by his grandfather’s courage at Gettysburg – and went on to become a brigadier general and fighter pilot during World War II. Still another is Nellie Aughinbaugh, a civilian that no one ever mentions. Her story of Gettysburg is one of the most vivid and humane ever recorded.

Did you know that Longstreet’s spy Harrison was NOT an actor, and actually did fight in a Mississippi regiment before being recruited as an agent – and after the war he disappeared for 27 years? He was ever elusive, but we have found him. His grave in Kentucky – but that’s not where he ended his days.

These stories and others are all part of my presentation – because the humanity is what we remember and learn from in the most trying of times.

Loski recently wrote the book A Gettysburg Collection, which includes some of the stories she will be talking about during her presentation. Copies will be available for purchase.

Diana Loski has been a published writer, specializing in history and biography, for twenty years. With eight ancestors who fought in the American Civil War (seven Union and one Confederate), she naturally has an intense interest in that conflict. One ancestor, Eli Frame of the 1st Kentucky Volunteer Regiment, was in attendance at Ford’s Theatre the night of the Lincoln assassination.

Diana served as a licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park, from 1998-2006. She and her husband, Leonard, publish The Gettysburg Experience, a local Gettysburg magazine, from 1997 to the present.
She and her husband live just a few miles south of Little Round Top, in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. They have four children, and four grandchildren.


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 in the field starting at 6:00 p.m. Please note the meeting location of each meeting.

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Kendra Debany ..................................President

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

Lynn Heller .............................................Secretary

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

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

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Hilda Koontz, Larry Korczyk, Dale Molina,Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Don Sangirardi, and Cindy King (past President)

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Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm in the back room at the Avenue 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, July, September, and November.



Plaque Committee:
Reviews and places plaques on buildings that existed during the Battle in Adams County. For information or an application, contact Cindy King.

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.


The CWRT Christmas Party is December 4

The Membership Christmas party will be held on Thursday, December 4th at the Dobbin House. Our entertainment will be supplied by the Susquehanna Travellers. The band's focus is the music of the American Civil War, but its repertoire includes traditional Irish and Appalachian music as well as original tunes. For more information on the Susquehanna Travellers, visit www.susquehannatravellers.com. For more information, check out the webpage. Please fill out and mail the Reservation Form by November 26.


I feel fortunate that as President of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable I get to participate behind-the-scenes at the inner workings of what makes this Roundtable so special. I am privileged to work closely with so many wonderful people, all of whom donate their time and efforts to make our Roundtable the success it is.

Today I have two very special people in mind who contribute so much to our success, but who are not recognized nearly enough for their hard work. Perhaps you are fortunate, as I am, to know Dave and Linda Joswick personally, as they are wonderful people. Dave is responsible for putting together our newsletter every month and Linda is in charge of our website. Two big jobs that mean oh so much to our organization!

In honor of all they have done for us in the past, and all they still do for us today, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to give Dave and Linda Joswick a Lifetime Membership in the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable. We are fortunate to have them as part of the Roundtable family and are pleased to present this “thank you” to them. Thank you Dave and Linda for all you do for us!



November 20, 2014
Gail Stephens


December 4, 2014
Susquehanna Travellers
Annual members Christmas Party at the Dobbin House


January 22
Chuck Teague
The Harvest of Death: A Case of Battlefield Forensics


February 26


March 26
Scott Mingus
York County in the Gettysburg Campaign


April 23
Dennis Frye
Harper's Ferry in the Civil War

May 16
Field Trip to Harper's Ferry


May 28
Curt Gaul
Program Developments by the National Park Service


June 25
Tim Smith
Evergreen Cemetery and the Civil War


July 23
Rich Kohr
The 1922 Marine Encampment at Gettysburg


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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