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


January 22, 2014


The Harvest of Death:
A Case of Battlefield Forensics

Chuck Teague

No mystery about the Battle of Gettysburg has been so perplexing as locating the site of a series of post-battle wet-plate photographs of dead Federal soldiers, one of which was entitled “The Harvest of Death.” A multitude of possibilities have been proposed. Through the years Chuck Teague, serving as a Park Ranger, has explained to inquirers why one proposal or another is unlikely. Several years ago, when another site was presented for his consideration, he was surprised in his step-by-step research to find confirmation. In doing so, Chuck discovered things about the terrain and the battle itself, as well as the photographs, that have been unappreciated. One camera angle shows ground that has through the decades been the most disrupted part of the Hallowed Ground, and cannot be understood without careful examination of historic photos and maps. The other camera angle is misleading because of a slight maladjustment on the part of the photographer. By addressing multiple issues the plausibility of a particular site can be established, and even possibly the names of the dead soldiers!

ChuckTeagueChuck Teague is a native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Gettysburg College. He also was awarded a Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Law with Specialization in International Affairs from Cornell University. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, also having served as a Captain in the US Army. He is past-President of the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table, Historic Gettysburg Adams County, and the Gettysburg Adams County Torch Club. Chuck has served for the past 12 seasons as an Interpretative Ranger at Gettysburg. His books on the battle include Gettysburg By the Numbers and the recently published Masters of the Field at Gettysburg.

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.

Whenever treacherous weather is predicted, the CWRT President and Vice President shall determine by noon on that day whether the program should be canceled or not. Announcements will be made on ESPN Radio 1320 AM and WGTY 107.7 FM.

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

Next Board Meeting:

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 2014 Book Award Winners

We are proud to announce that the winners of the annual Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Book Award are Dr. Carol Reardon and Col. (Ret.) Tom Vossler for their book, A Field Guide to Gettysburg.

Both Dr. Reardon and Col. Vossler are residents of Gettysburg and their collaboration resulted in a guide book to the battlefield that not only breaks the battle into 35 “stops” and describes the combat that took place in each of those locations, but it explains who the commanders were in each part of the field and identifies some of the men who fell in each of the places. What is more, the book introduces the reader to the people who owned and lived on the land effected by the battle. By including the stories of Gettysburg residents, this guide book transcends all those that have come before it. This book will stand for years as the premier guide book for the Battle of Gettysburg.

Published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2013 for the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, A Field Guide to Gettysburg is a valuable resource for those who wish to study the battlefield in detail whether they have visited the field many times or are first time visitors. It is produced in paperback and as a result is easy to carry by those who wish to use it.

CWRT Summer Field Trip

The Summer Field Trip will be to Harper's Ferry on June 13, 2015. Watch for more information in the newsletter and on this site.

It’s almost time for the holidays!!!! Already!

Since the weather is turning colder, and your treks out on the battlefield are growing fewer and shorter, you should plan on joining us indoors for our monthly meetings this winter! Gail Stephens will be here on November 20th to talk about Jubal Early’s mission to take Washington, D.C., and our VP Roger Heller has set up some fantastic speakers for 2015! Not to be missed! Please note that our meeting is one week earlier this month as Thanksgiving falls on our usual fourth Thursday meeting day.

It’s again that time of year to come out and join us in celebrating the holidays and sharing good food, good music, and great company with your friends at the Roundtable! I hope you will be able to join us on Thursday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Dobbin House. Help us ring in the holidays! If you’re planning on attending you must register by November 26th. A registration form is attached to this newsletter for your convenience, or click on this link. I look forward to seeing you there!



February 26
Scott Mingus
York County in the Gettysburg Campaign


March 26


April 23
Dennis Frye
Harper's Ferry in the Civil War
(June 13
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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