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
August 27, 2015
Pettigrew and Trimble’s July 3 Charge
James Hessler and Wayne Motts
Join LBGs James Hessler and Wayne Motts as they discuss their new book, Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. To prove that Lee’s July 3 assault was more than simply the attack of Pickett’s Division, we will walk the ground covered by Generals Johnston Pettigrew and Isaac Trimble during the famed assault and the Union defense of General Alexander Hays’ division near the Brian farm.
While history has primarily emphasized the role of General James Longstreet’s First Corps and George Pickett’s Division, understanding the part that A.P. Hill’s Third Corps was expected to play gives us a better appreciation of the size and scope of Lee’s attack.
Topics will include:
• Hill’s expected role in cooperation with Longstreet
• Confederate strength and losses, including command changes
• Brockenbrough, the inability to protect the Confederate flanks, and the 8th Ohio
• Hill and Ewell’s artillery
• Action on the Bliss farm
• Rebels in Long Lane and the possibility of additional support
• Advance positions of the 11th Miss. and 26th NC
• Related human interest stories
We will gather at the NC State Memorial at 6 PM and walk from there across the Bliss farm to Cemetery Ridge. Dress accordingly and participants are encouraged to leave vehicles near our end point at the Brian farm.
Jim and Wayne will also have copies of their new book to sell and sign.
Please note that the summer walks are for members only.
James Hessler is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park.
His book Sickles at Gettysburg (Savas Beatie, 2009) was awarded the R.E. Lee Civil War Round Table’s “Bachelder Coddington Award” and the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable’s “Distinguished Book Award” as the most outstanding work on the Gettysburg Campaign.
Jim has been a guest on NPR, PCN-TV, Breitbart News, and Civil War Radio. He has written several articles for Gettysburg Magazine and other publications. Jim was one of the primary content designers for the Civil War Trust’s mobile Gettysburg application and animated maps. He is a frequent speaker at Civil War Roundtables and has taught courses for the Gettysburg Foundation and Harrisburg (PA) Area Com- munity College.
Wayne E. Motts is the chief executive officer of The National Civil War Museum located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has been a licensed battlefi guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park for over a quarter century and is the narrator of the popular Gettysburg Field Guide driving tour of the battlefield produced by Travelbrains Corporation.
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 before 3 pm. In that case, we will meet at the GAR Hall. Announcements
will be made on ESPN Radio 1320 AM and WGTY 107.7 FM. You may also call the President after 3 pm.
Hilda Koontz, Larry Korczyk, Dale Molina, Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Don Sangirardi, Linda Seamon, Kendra Debany (past President)
Next Board Meeting:
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.
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.
The warm summer months have arrived, bringing with them our wonderful “on the field” summer battlefield programs. Remember to apply tick repellant, wear long pants, and bring water. If the weather is threatening — thunderstorms, heavy rain, excessive heat — we will move the program indoors to the GAR Hall. This decision will be made in the afternoon. You may call me at 717-398-2072 to confirm. We are delighted that our outdoor speakers will now be outfitted with a “chatter vox” — an amplification system loaned to us by the NPS, so that all in the group can easily hear our tour guide. These programs begin at 6 P.M. August 27 we will meet LBGs Jim Hessler and Wayne Motts, at the North Carolina State Monument, who will present Pettigrew and Trimble’s July 3 Charge. These quality programs are indeed valuable benefit of membership in our roundtable.
A big THANK YOU to member Fred Hawthorne who has stepped up to assume the Office of Recording Secretary. Fred has been past President, Vice President of the roundtable, and has served the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides as Treasurer for four years, President thirteen years, and Secretary eight years. We are lucky to have Fred as our Secretary and on our Board. Roger & I will continue to copy & mail the newsletter.
With deep appreciation I would like to thank Ron Rock for volunteering to fill in until a perma- nent Secretary was found, and I know I speak for all the members on the Board.
We have changed our board meeting location from The Avenue, to Dunlap’s 90 Buford Ave. through the end of the year... September 10 and November 19. If it works out, Dunlap’s will become our 2016 gathering place for bi-monthly board meetings.
SPECIAL THANK YOUs ARE IN ORDER…
...to Bill Hewitt, for generously donating his time and skill to craft the beautiful witness tree frames which hold the Certificate of Appreciation presented to our speakers. Bill gifts these year after year to the roundtable, and we truly appreciate it.
...to Donald Sangirardi, for generously purchasing and donating to the roundtable the lovely GAR ornaments that are presented to our speakers as well.
...and finally to the Membership, for your generous contributions to the Preservation Basket at each meeting. 100% of these donations are presented to deserving Civil War related groups or projects.
When our indoor programs resume in September, there will be opportunities for members to become involved with the activities of the roundtable. Please consider volunteering to serve on the Nominating Committee with Ron Rock, or to offer help for The Holiday Banquet Raffle. Do you have a Trivia question? Bring it with you to the next meeting! And we need sign ups for refreshments! — they need not be elaborate…a box of cookies or some munchies for our table.
We provide the coffee & fixings! Stay cool and see you on the field!
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
Civil War Reenactments - Have you ever been looking online for that one civil war reenactment in that one area and just couldn't find it? Well we took your frustration and made it into an interactive map. hatsrcool.com/pages/civil-war-reenactments