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 27, 2016
Meade’s Pursuit of Lee After Gettysburg
As a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park, one of the most frequent queries I receive from visitors concerns the role and performance of Union Army of the Potomac Commander Major General George G. Meade. Many otherwise knowledgeable visitors to the Park are under the misconception that the commander of the Union Army at Gettysburg failed to pursue the Confederates, who were retreating back to Virginia after the battle. And further, many people believe that as a result, Meade was relieved of command of that army by Lincoln after the Gettysburg Campaign.
While addressing these misconceptions, I will discuss the situation Meade faced when appointed to command of the Army of the Potomac three days before the beginning of the battle of Gettysburg, the condition of his army after the battle, the politics surrounding Meade, and the logistics he faced in mounting a pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
JIM PANGBURN is a graduate of Bucknell University, and completing his 17th season as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park this month, including the past 14 years as a full-guide. In that time he has completed nearly 5,000 tours of various types and lengths.
In addition to teaching test prep classes for the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, Jim has participated in the Association’s Summer Evening Walking Tours program, and has given tours for the Gettysburg Foundation’s Spring Muster.
For the past 13 years, he has served as the historical narrator for the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee’s annual Battle of Gettysburg Reenactment, and acted in that capacity for the 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Antietam in 2012.
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.
You can now use your credit card or PayPal to securely pay for your Membership Dues. Please see the Membership page for the link.
Hilda Koontz, Larry Korczyk, Dale Molina, Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Roger Heller, Kendra Debany (past President)
Next Board Meeting:
Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm at Perkins Restaurant in Gettysburg. 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.
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.
Ed Hamilton To Be Presented Cal Doucette Achievement Award At September Meeting
At the April Roundtable meeting it was announced that Ed Hamilton is this year’s winner of the Cal Doucette Achievement Award.
Among the criteria considered in determining the award winner are: a candidate’s activities which enhance the visitor experience at Gettysburg National Military Park and activities which contribute to the Park’s preservation and maintenance. Ed’s volunteer work certainly make him a worthy recipient.
Since 1997 Ed has been a member of the Park Watch Patrol, an organization which acts as the eyes and ears of the Protection Rangers. Ed has observed and reported incidents of vandalism, assisted at numerous events, worked on special details, and helped with training new Park Watch volunteers. On one occasion he observed an act of vandalism and reported it to the Rangers who responded quickly to apprehend the offenders. Ed has discovered marijuana use in the Park and has spotted people hiding from the Rangers after hours.
In 2009 Ed moved to the south end of the Park and decided to walk the Park roads for exercise. He was dismayed by the amount of litter found along the roads and in the fields, so he decided to take action and become the Park’s “trash man.” He established five different routes each six miles long, and in 2011 he decided to keep a detailed record of his activities just for fun. That year he walked 961 miles picking up 165 full bags of litter, 1,140 soda and beer cans and 325 bottles. Ed estimates that over the years of this service he walked in excess of 2,500 miles, picked up 4,500 bottles and cans as well as 500 bags of trash. In his walks Ed has found drug paraphernalia, including needles and cocaine.
Between patrolling for Park Watch and walking on his trash routes, Ed has over 5,000 volunteer hours in the Park, but he says that the most rewarding part of his job is helping people. Ed has found folks lost in the Park after dark, helped find lost pets, recovered lost property, and helped in many other ways. When folks are the beneficiaries of many of these activities they have the opportunity of thanking Ed directly; however, the great majority of the hundreds of thousands of folks who drive through the Park and see the hallowed fields free of trash and litter do so without realizing their enjoyment is due to Ed’s hard work, and for this we are happy to present him with the Cal Doucette Achievement Award. Please join us at our September 22 meeting when we present Ed with his award.
Notice to membership: proposed change in by-laws
The Board of Directors would like to remove the responsibility of “Program Chair” from the job description of the Vice President. The Vice President will continue to perform all the duties of the President in his/her absence. A separate Program Committee Chair will be nominated by the President, whose responsibility will be to arrange speakers for the monthly meetings January through December.
As per the requirements of our By-Laws, this notice will be communicated to the membership by the President at the two consecutive meetings (Sept. and Oct.) prior to the vote in November, and will appear again in the November/December newsletter.
Once again, spectacular Autumn in Gettysburg is just around the corner, when Mother Nature blazes through the battlefield bringing her vibrant shades of golds, reds, and oranges across the fields, hills, and valleys.
And also, once again, we are headed back into our iconic GAR Hall for an amazing line up of programs, world class speakers, book raffles, special events, and the opportunity to reconnect with friends and to welcome new members.
This year we are going to try something new, and offer any members who would like, table space to sell their Civil War related items – your authored books, art work, photographs, or whatever you have created with a Civil War theme.
Your guidelines are:
• You must be a member of our roundtable to participate.
• Your set up time is 6:45 – 7:00 PM; Sale time 7:00 –7:30 PM inside the Hall.
• You must be present at your table during this time.
• Type of payment for items you are selling will be your choice.
• 10% of all sales will be donated to our Preservation Fund.
We will feature ONE member’s sales at each meeting.
To reserve the month of your choice, please enter your name, contact information and type of items on the sign up sheet as it comes around, or call the President (currently Lynn 717-398-2072) up until the day before the meeting date you are choosing
We have a lot of talent_ed folks in our membership! Let’s see what you have! And we all love to shop! Best to you all,
November 17 Tracey McIntire & Audrey Scanlan-Teller
Women in the Civil War
December 1 Holiday Banquet
Civil War Photography
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