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 25, 2018


David Ward will not be able to join us in October.

With the Bible and the Sword:
The Chaplaincy in the American Civil War

Wayne E. Motts

Join Historian Wayne E. Motts as he explores and uncovers the unique role of Chaplains during the Civil War. More than 3,600 chaplains served in the Union and Confederate forces between 1861 and 1865, and while chaplains were technically non-combatants more than 150 of them died in service both in combat and of disease. Three Union chaplains were recipients of the nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor for service above and beyond the call of duty. Minister, counselor, nurse, regimental postmaster, and banker to the troops, chaplains provided more than Sunday services to the men of the Blue and Gray. Learn their special story.

Wayne E. Motts is the CEO of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and has been a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park for 30 years. He is a life member of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable.

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 6:30 pm, the program starting at 7.

Whenever severe weather is predicted, program information can be found on the roundtable website and Facebook page after 3 PM or you can call Lynn at 717-398-2072.

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

Kendra Debaney.....................................Vice President

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

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

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

Roger Heller .......................................Program Director

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

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










Fred Hawthorne, Roger Heller, Hilda Koontz, Dale Molina, Bill Myers, Larry Plymire

Next Board Meeting:

Board Meetings are open to all members. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm at Perkins Restaurant in Gettysburg. If you would like to eat before the meeting, please arrive by 5:30 pm. Board meetings are the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Board Meeting Minutes



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.


Here is your RT membership renewal reminder for 2019

Enclosed with your newsletter is a membership form for the upcoming calendar year 2019. This is the form that should accompany your renewal dues. Please get rid of any old forms you may have as this is the only one acceptable. Note, it reflects the current and correct cost for renewal membership: $30 for individuals and $45 for a family, as well as prorated amounts for new members joining later during the calendar year. You can also find the form at our Membership page.

Camp Letterman site update

Glen Hayes from the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association has been working for almost two years in an impressive effort to save 17 acres from development at the site, which is owned by S&A Homes.

He has initiated a letter writing campaign, resulting in a voluminous amount of letters to S&A Homes, written by historical societies, roundtables (Lynn Heller has written twice on behalf of our roundtable), historians, including James McPherson, Harold Holzer, and Gary Gallagher, and preservation societies. Petitions have also been sent. The overwhelming public support from 37 states, Canada, England, and Italy, shows that Camp Letterman is an important part of the Battle of Gettysburg to many people. Resolution is expected in September.
For more information and an indepth interview with Glen Hayes go to www.historynet.com. In the search window type interview glen hayes and hit enter.

Hello, Friends!!

All seasons are special in Gettysburg, but autumn on the battlefield is hard to beat!

As we return to the GAR Hall for our indoor programs, there are already some golden and crimson colors creeping into the ridges and fields, Soon the hallowed ground will be aglow with full blown autumn splendor.

I know that many of you were able to enjoy the wonderful summer “in the field” programs…one of the many benefits of being a roundtable member. In June we were led by Ranger Jarrad Fuoss through the southern end of town, as he related the experiences of the citizens and soldiers as the sharpshooting continued throughout the three days of the battle. Ben Neely, CEO of the Adams County Historical Society, led our July tour around the grounds and fields of the Seminary, where the drama of the “Battle for the Seminary” played out on July 1, 1863. As we stood and walked in the area of Camp Colt in August, Paul Shevchuk, retired park ranger, discussed the history of the Camp and the importance of Eisenhower’s experience as Commander of the Tank Corps to his future military career. Thanks to Roger Heller for putting together three outstanding programs, and thanks to all who attended.

It’s not too early to begin thinking of our Holiday Banquet on December 6 at The Dobbin House. More details in the November newsletter. Speaker Carol Reardon will not fail to disappoint! Do you have items you would like to donate as a Door Prize? Would you like to help? In the meantime, we have a great lineup of Fall speakers, so, I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the Historic GAR Hall. Doors open at 6:30 PM; meeting starts at 7.

- Lynn


November 15
General Jacob Cox and the Battle of Franklin
Gene Schmiel


December 6
Members Holiday Party
Dr. Carol Reardon


January 24, 2019
Simon Cameron
Dr. Paul Kahan


February 28
The Civil War Letters of David andMahala Beem
Dr. Peter Carmichael


March 28
Book Award Winner


April 25
11th Corps at Gettysburg
Dr. James Pula


May 23
Meade's Decisions at Gettysburg
Dr. Richard Sommers


June 27
Tour of the GNMP Cannon Shop
Lucas Flickinger


July 25
The Battle of the Peach Orchard
James Hessler


August 22
East Cavalry Field
Chris Army


September 26
Thomas W. Colley's Civil War Experience in the 1st VA Cav.
Dr. Michael Shaffer


October 24
The Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham
Jan Croon


November 21
George Gordon Meade
Dr. Jennifer Murray


December 12
Members Holiday Party
The Park and It's History
Benjamin Dixon




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