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—Joe Mieczkowski, past president

January 26, 2017


The Myth of the Lost Cause:
False Remembrance of the Civil War

Ed Bonekemper

BonekemperThe Southern-created Myth of the Lost Cause has long dominated Americans’ remembrance of the Civil War, the country’s watershed event. In many ways, that Myth has been America’s most successful propaganda campaign.

Historian Ed Bonekemper examines the accuracy of the Myth and how it has affected our perception of slavery, states’ rights, the nature of the Civil War, and the military performance of Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and James Longstreet. He begins by discussing the nature of slavery in 1860, including whether it was a benign and dying institution.

Bonekemper is the author of six Civil War books, former book review editor of the Civil War News, and former adjunct military history lecturer at Muhlenberg College. His latest book is The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won.

Ed Bonekemper taught military history part-time for eight years, and was a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. Bonekemper also was an instructor in American Constitutional History and Maritime Law at the United States Coast Guard Academy. He was an adjunct professor of Constitutional History at the American Military University.

Bonekemper has written articles for many publications including The Washington Times, The Journal of Afro-American History, and The Journal of Negro History.

Since 1998, Bonekemper has been publishing non-fiction books about the Civil War. His interest in Civil War history grew after multiple conversations with his father-in-law about this particular topic. His first book took him seven years to complete.

In 2010, he was named book review editor at Civil War News. In 2015, he was also named book review editor of Civil War Battles and Commanders Magazine.

Throughout his career, Bonekmper has earned numerous awards.

Bonekemper has given over ten lectures at the Smithsonian Institution about the Civil War. He also spoken at hundreds of Civil War roundtable meetings, the Delta Queen, the Lincoln Forum of the District Columbia, the Chautauqua Institution, and numerous other events. Bonekemper has made appearances on C-SPAN to discuss Grant and Lee’s Civil war generalship.

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

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

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Reviews and places plaques on buildings that existed during the Battle in Adams County. For information or an application, contact Deb Novotny.

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Review books for the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award.

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Plan future trips for the members of the Civil War Roundtable.

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Gettysburg CWRT Field Trip

May 20, 2017

Antietam Battlefield

More information to come.

Happy New Year Friends!

2016 was a wonderful year for our roundtable! Many new members joined and thanks to all of you who chose to spend so many Thursday evenings with us! Your loyalty is sincerely appreciated. Thanks to Roger Heller for providing a spectacular slate of speakers! And thanks to the board, officers, and support staff for keeping us running a top notch organization.

Our Holiday Banquet this year was one of the best! Thanks to all who attended, and to Mary & Dave Diner, who did a great job of graciously checking in the guests. We were treated to the hospitality and bountiful buffet of the Dobbin House, the presentation of the 2016 Book Award, and the entertaining and informative Civil War Photo Extravaganza by LBG and Historian Garry Adelman. A special thanks to all those who donated to our spectacular Door Prize Table, and congratulation to the winners! Now that we are in the New year, if you haven’t renewed your membership, NOW is the time! Individual membership $30.00/ Family $45.00. Membership: January 1, 2017–December 31, 2017. Your dues must be paid by March 31 in order to continue to be on the membership list, and to receive the newsletter. Rates are prorated for new members that join throughout the year.

2017 is shaping up to be a banner year, with world class speakers, a field trip in May to Antietam with Historian Carol Reardon, and three exciting summer on the field programs. We encourage everyone to participate in the activities of the roundtable, and there are many opportunities to become involved. It Takes a Village to maintain our outstanding and well respected roundtable. Please see me or any member of the Board if you would like to play a part.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2017!

- Lynn


February 23
James Hessler
Sickles Get Away With Murder


March 23
Tom Ryan - Book Award Honoree
Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign


April 27
Carol Reardon or Tom Bossler

Introduction to the Field Trip to Antietam


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