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March, February 27, 2014


Ulysses S. Grant: A Victor Not a Butcher

Ed Bonekemper

March 27, 2014

GrantAlthough often erroneously called a butcher or a drunk, Ulysses S. Grant was the best general of the Civil War. With far fewer casualties than Robert E. Lee, Grant won the battles of Forts Henry and Donelson, the brilliant Vicksburg Campaign, and the Battle of Chat-tanooga before coming to the East, where he won strategic victories in the Overland and Appomattox cam-paigns. With decisive victories in the Western, Middle and Eastern theaters, Grant truly won the war and did so with appropriate aggressiveness and reasonable casualties.

EdEd Bonekemper, book review editor of the Civil War News, is the author of five Civil War Books: How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War; A Victor, Not a Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant’s Overlooked Military Genius; Mc-Clellan and Failure: A Study of Civil War Fear, Incompetence and Worse; Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian; and Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War. Ed has spoken at the Smithsonian Institution about the Civil War on ten occasions and has made hundreds of CWRT presentations.

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Linda Seamon, Larry Plymire, Don Sangirardi, Roger Heller, Ron Rock, Hilda Koontz, 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. The July meeting will be on July 17, 2014.



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.


First Doucette Achievement Award Winner Announced

The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable would like to announce the ἀrst winner of the Cal Doucette Achievement Award, and she is Joan Pore of Gettysburg. Please see the article in the March-April Newsletter for more information on Joan and the Cal Doucette Acheivement Award. Joan will be presented her award at the April 24th meeting. Please join us in congratulating Joan on her Award.

Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Plantation

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Our chartered Wolf’s tour bus will leave the Gettysburg WalMart parking lot promptly at 7:00 AM. Please arrive 15 minutes early and park in the southeast corner of the lot nearest Wendy’s. Our guide, Eric Campbell, will lead the tour of the Cedar Creek battlefield in the morning and we will tour Belle Grove Plantation in the afternoon. Be prepared for a busy day rain or shine. Lunch is a choice of an Italian or a turkey hoagie. Water, soda, and snacks will be available on the bus. We expect to return to the Gettysburg WalMart by 6:00 PM. The cost for the trip, which includes lunch, admission, and gratuities, is $75 per person. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Sorry...no refunds can be given after April 26.

For the flyer and the sign up form, please click here. (You will need Acrobat Reader to view the form.)

Spring!!! Spring!!! Spring!!!

It can’t come soon enough!

The beginning of spring means that the terms for some of our Board Members will soon come to an end. I am happy to report that Roger Heller and Linda Seamon have both agreed to stay on with the Board for another term. Thank you both!

On a sadder note, I am announcing that Doug Cooke will not be rejoining us for another term as Vice President when his current term expires at the end of April. We will be sad to see him go but understand that his work and travel schedule preclude him from devoting the amount of time he would like to the position.

This means that we are now actively looking for someone to fill his spot. Is that person you? The Vice President plays an important role in our Roundtable, as this person is responsible for putting together our programs and finding speakers, which reflects on us as a group. The VP is also responsible for contributing information on upcoming speakers to the newsletter, and contributing additional articles as well. In addition to the VP position, we are also looking for someone to fill an empty Board seat. If either of these positions sound like something you would be interested in, please contact Ron Rock, head of our Election Committee, at raprock1@comcast.net.

Happy Spring everyone!

- Kendra


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