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


May 26, 2016


“On A Great Battlefield”:
The History of Gettysburg
National Military Park 1863-2015

Dr. Jennifer Murray

We will explore 150 year history of the Gettysburg battlefield. Historians have devoted minimal attention to the history of the landscape itself and the complicated, divisive, and controversial nature of preserving, interpreting, and commemorating America’s most hallowed ground. Ultimately the Gettysburg landscape is significant beyond the events of July 1-3, 1863. Dr. Murray’s program explores the first preservation and commemorative efforts of the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association and the U.S War Department, with a particular focus on the National Park Service administration.

DrMurrayThe National Park Service acquired the battlefield in 1933 and the ensuing eight-decades highlights the complicated nexus between preservation, tourism, popular culture, interpretation, commemoration, and memory. The Park Service’s management of the battlefield occurs not in a vacuum, but within a larger realm of political, social, and academic trends. Decisions made by park officials simultaneously influence the interpretive story at Gettysburg, the narrative presented to thousands of park visitors, and shape more broadly the Gettysburg experience. The history of the Gettysburg battlefield from 1933 to the present underscores the complicated relationship between race and reunion, public and private interests, between preservation theories and utilitarian uses, between the National Park Service and the American people, and between fact and fiction.

Jennifer M. Murray is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She is the author of On A Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013. This book won the 2014 Bachelder-Coddington Award and was named one of the best Civil War books of 2014 by the Civil War Monitor. She is currently working on a biography of George Gordon Meade, titled Meade at War. In addition, Murray worked as a seasonal interpretive park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park for nine summers.

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.

As winter approaches, inclement weather may threaten people safely attending a meeting. If a meeting is cancelled due to weather, information will be sent to the local radio station before 3 pm. Announcements will be made on ESPN Radio 1320 AM and WGTY 107.7 FM. You may also call the President after 3 pm.

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Lynn Heller ........................................President

Eleanor Cingire.....................................Recording Secretary

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

David Diner.............................................Treasurer

Linda Joswick .........................................Webmaster

Dave Joswick...........................................Newsletter Editor








Hilda Koontz, Larry Korczyk, Dale Molina, Larry Plymire, Ron Rock, Roger Heller, Kendra Debany (past President)

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm in the back room at Hoss's Steak & Sea House. 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.



Plaque Committee:
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.


Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Field Trip

Save the date! The Spring trip will be on Saturday July 16, 2016. (Please note that this date has changed)

NCWMWe are going to Harrisburg to visit the National Civil War Museum and the Pennsylvania State Museum.

stateThe Pennsylvania State Museum (above) includes four floors of exhibits and displays covering Pennsylvania history from prehistoric times through current events. Among the features are a large collection of artifacts and displays related to the American Civil War, as well as an extensive collection of industrial and technological innovations. There are over three million objects in the museum’s collections.

For more information and to make your reservation, please visit the Field Trip page. Reservations are required by June 23.


Hello Friends!

Well Mother Nature has not disappointed – the battlefield and town are filled with signs of Spring and beckoning us to go out and enjoy.

Inside our GAR Hall, we are ready to host our last indoor meeting until September, with Dr. Jennifer Murray on May 26th. Her presentation will be on the history of Gettysburg National Military Park. And then comes summer! We have three outstanding field programs to look forward to, conducted by Christopher Gwinn, Scott Hartwick, and John Hoptak. (Make sure your membership has been renewed for 2016 so that you can attend! These programs are for members only.)

Speaking of our indoor meetings, would you like to be more involved in our programs? Do you have a Civil War related artifact you can “Show and Tell”? How about sharing your thoughts about a CW battlefield or site you have visited. Maybe you could come to a meeting prepared to ask a Trivia Question! It’s fun to get involved, and it helps us all to know each other a little better.

If anyone has time at the conclusion of the meeting to help clean up the refreshment table – dump out the coffee, or put the sugar, creamer etc. into the plastic bin, or wipe off the tablecloth etc., it would really be appreciated. Many of you have already done this, and thank you for that!

Again, we encourage you to contact Linda Seamon by phone or email, to switch your mailed newsletters over to full color, emailed newsletters. Thanks for your dedication to our roundtable!

- Lynn


June 23
Christopher Gwinn


July 28
Scott Hartwig


August 25
John Hoptak


September 22
Keith Kehlbeck
One Virginia Family


October 27
James Pangburn
Meade's Pursuit After Gettysburg


November 17
Tracey McIntire & Audrey Scanlan-Teller
Women in the Civil War


December 1
Holiday Banquet
Garry Adelman

Civil War Photography




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