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

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April 25, 2019

SPEAKERS

Monthly Meeting Notes


March 28, 2019
  • President Lynn Heller opened meeting at 7 p.m. with a welcome to all, asked that all cell phones be turned off or on mute, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited.
  • New members, the Wilsons, were welcomed.
  • Two trivia questions were asked:
    • What year was the first roundtable meeting: 1958
    • Regarding the statue of Lincoln at the College, what is he doing: signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

We had three “shares.”

  • Wayne Motts announced that the National Civil War Museum would have a book-signing kick-off for Private Confederacies, by Dr. James J. Broomall, at 1 p.m. this Saturday.
  • Peter Miele announced the Annual Legacy Weekend at the Seminary Ridge Museum. April 13-14.
  • Lynn Heller showed a picture of our ever-active Barbara Finfrock in the Gettysburg Foundation Magazine.

Show and Tell

  • Show and Tell was presented by Dan Orr. He had an ambrotype photo of Patt Farrington, an Irish immigrant, who came over in 1860 and joined the 2nd New York State Militia in 1861. Dan had letters from Patt to his family.
  • Al Ferranto asked that Wayne Motts and Peter Miele bring in items from their respective museums for future Show and Tell.

  • The Preservation Envelope was passed.
  • We have two nominations for recipient of the Cal Doucette Achievement Award. Lynn will Chair the committee and Hilda volunteered to join her. Lynn asked for anyone else who wishes to be on the committee to see her.
  • Book Raffle: Hilda pulled 4 tickets for books. Deb Novotny will be taking over this position.

Committee Reports

  • Treasurer’s Report: Dave Diner reported that our net income is $480.90 and our total assets is $14,393.70.
  • Nominating Committee: Al Ferranto announced the current slate as follows:
    • President: Bruce Davis
    • Vice President: Hilda Koontz
    • Membership Secretary: Linda Seamon
    • Board Members: Peter Miele, Roger Heller and Joe Mieczkowski
    He will accept any other names submitted.
  • Book Committee: Larry Plymire introduced the winner of the 2018 Gettysburg Roundtable Book Award, Jeffrey Hunt, author of Meade and Lee After Gettysburg. He presented Mr. Hunt with an award made out of witness tree wood in the shape of a cannon.
  • Recording Secretary: Eleanor Bilz All minutes can be found in our web page.
  • Membership Secretary: Linda Seamon. As of this month, no more newsletters will be sent to non-members (those who have not renewed their membership).
  • Program Committee: Roger Heller announced the next speaker for April is James Pula. Our scheduled speaker for May is ill and will not be able to present. Instead, we will have Jeffrey Stocker who will speak on the 153 Pa. Volunteers at Gettysburg. Our May 11 field trip is fully booked. We are leaving the Wendy’s parking lot at 8.00 a.m. Please be there by 7:50.

All business being complete at 7:30, Lynn announced our Book Award speaker, Jeffrey Hunt who spoke about his book Meade and Lee After Gettysburg and what prompted him to write it.

Respectfully submitted by Eleanor Bilz


February 28, 2019
  • President Lynn Heller opened the meeting at 7 p.m. She asked that cell phones be turned off and we recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Guests and new members were welcomed. Among the guests were John from Middlesex, NJ and two sophomore students from Gettysburg College, who are students of our speaker. Also introduced was a new member, Annette.
  • It was discovered that Charles Pike, who, upon his death, requested that donations be made to our Roundtable, was a member of the York Civil War Roundtable. He never visited our Roundtable but loved Gettysburg…thus his request.
  • Lynn has been asking and continues to ask for bios from our Board and our membership. Tonight, she introduced a member of our Roundtable, Ted Hirt. He lives part-time in Washington, D.C. and part-time here in Gettysburg. From 1979 to 2016, he was an attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Division. He has been a Civil War “buff” for decades and remembers attending the July 1963 Gettysburg reenactment. He is a member of the reenactment unit Battery B of the First Rhode Island Light Artillery. One of his collecting interests is of documents from the Washington, D.C. area’s Civil War forts, hospitals, and camps.
  • Lynn announced that in the lobby there are information sheets for Seminary Ridge Museum, including discounts for our members; info on a Symposium on the 75th Anniversary of D Day at Gettysburg College on March 30th; a Roundtable questionnaire; and Civil War Institute conference June 14-19.
  • Glen Hayes, of the Gettysburg Preservation Society is continuing his efforts to preserve a small portion of Camp Letterman from development.
  • An opportunity to become involved: Chair of the Cal Doucette Achievement Award. Deb Novotny volunteered to do the Book Raffle, as Hilda will be leaving her position.
  • Our $500.00 donation to the GAR Hall will be used to repair the deteriorating front door, instead of for half of a window, as originally designated.
  • If anyone has ideas about recipients for a Preservation Project, please see Lynn. At this time the Preservation envelope was passed.

Show and Tell

  • Show and Tell tonight was Doug Cooke. He told the story of Jim Lane, who brought his unit to protect Pres. Lincoln at the onset of the Civil War. They used a particular style 1855 rifle, of which only 180-190 were made. Doug has one of those rifles, though not necessarily Jim Lane’s rifle.

  • Hilda raffled off books and shared information on the Third Annual Abolitionists’ Day event on March 2, at the Rec Park.

Committee Reports

  • Treasurer, Dave Diner. We have an income of $1,292.47 which includes receipts from the upcoming field trip, membership dues and preservation fund. Expenses of $881.17 include GAR hall rental, gifts and awards, postage and speaker fees and travel with a total $411.30. With existing assets, our overall for February 2019 is $14,323.91.
  • Recording Secretary, Eleanor Bilz. All minutes are posted on our web page.
  • Membership Secretary, Linda Seamon. 2019 membership forms are in the lobby. Members who do not renew their membership by March 2019 will no longer receive our newsletters.
  • Nominating Committee, Al Ferranto. We need a President and Vice President, a membership secretary, and two executive board seats. Al assured the membership that the President would be supported by the Board members and that it is a great honor to be President of the Gettysburg Roundtable.
  • Program Committee, Roger Heller. We have 21 paid up people for our trip. There are only 25 seats on the bus. Our speaker for March is our book award winner, Jeffrey Hunt. His book is Meade and Lee After Gettysburg. April’s speaker is Dr. James Pula, 11th Corps at Gettysburg.

All business being competed at 7:20 p.m., President Lynn Heller introduced our guest speaker Peter Carmichael, Professor of History at Gettysburg College, and the Director of the Civil War Institute. After completing his doctorate at Penn State U., under Dr. Gary Gallagher, Professor Carmichael went on to teach at several universities. He is the author of four books, many articles, and a frequent lecturer. His lectures have been covered by PCN and C-Span.


January 24, 2019

  • President Lynn Heller opened the meeting at 7 p.m. She thanked Mary Diner for making and presenting the Roundtable with a banner which will be hung from the podium during our meetings. This banner was first given to us at our holiday banquet in December. She then asked for cell phones to be muted or turned off and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Lynn then welcomed guests and new members, reminded members that in case of inclement weather to check the website for cancellations and that a flash email would be sent to those members who have provided email addresses.
  • Elections are coming up. We have three openings for officers and two for board members. Most importantly is the request for a new president. Lynn emphasized that the Board would be on hand to give complete support to anyone who wishes to undertake this position. She said that our roundtable should not be without a president.
  • Lynn reminded the members that because of a contribution in our name to the Eisenhower Society, we are notified of upcoming events. Flyers are in the lobby regarding a March 30th symposium at Gettysburg College on “The 75th Anniversary of D-Day".
  • Hilda shared with us that she will be giving a presentation on February 19th on mental health during the Civil War, most like PTSD today. This will be at the Shippensburg Civil War Roundtable.
  • Lynn then introduced Peter Miele, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education at the Seminary Ridge Museum. In collaboration with our roundtable, he is offering a 20% discount on membership to the museum and half price admission to our members. He is trying to get the word out to bring more people in to keep the museum functioning.
  • Lynn had been asking for short bios from Board members in order to made them known to our members. At this time, she introduced Dave Diner, our treasurer. Dave grew up in Cincinnati and met his wife, Mary, at Ohio state. She served eight years in the army and retired as a Captain of Field Artillery and Dave served 30 years in the JAG Corp and retired as a Colonel. He was the senior lawyer for US Forces in Afghanistan from 2006-2007. They moved to Gettysburg in 2014.
  • Hilda held the book raffle and collected $42.00 to go toward the preservation fund. Hilda’s position will become available in April for anyone interested in taking over.

Committee Reports

  • Treasurer: Dave Diner make a report on finances for the year ending in 2018.
    Income: $9,946; Expenses: $7,113; Total Balance at end of 2018 is $13,912. We have a much higher balance than the year before since we increased membership dues, donations totaled $1069. and three speakers donated back to us their honorarium.
  • Membership: Linda Seamon reminded everyone that dues for 2019 are due and those who do not rejoin the roundtable will no longer receive our newsletter.
  • Program: Roger Heller announced our next month’s speaker, Dr. Peter Carmichael, who will speak on The Civil War Letters of David and Mahala Beem. Our field trip is May 11 with Kevin Pawlak who will take us through Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville, Va. We have to use a small bus for it will be the first 25 who sign up. The cost is $45 per person with lunch on your own.
  • Plaque Committee: Deb Novotny There is nothing new to report.

  • All business finished, President Lynn Heller closed the business portion of the meeting at 7:25.

Lynn then introduced our speaker. Dr. Paul Kahan is an author, lecturer and leading expert on the political, diplomatic, and economic history of the U.S. in the 19th century. He has degrees in modern American history and literature, medieval/renaissance studies, and music. He earned a Ph.D. in US History from Temple University. His topic for presentation is Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War.


October 25, 2018

  • President Lynn Heller opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m.
  • Lynn asked that cell phones be turned off.
  • Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Lynn welcomed new guests and new members and recognized the volunteers in our membership. They included Park Service, Soup Kitchen and Gettysburg Cares.
  • Lynn asked if anyone was interested in forming a Refreshment committee. We had one volunteer who then asked for assistance. However, there were no takers at that point.

Sharing:

  • Ron Rock explained that in order to donate to the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc., there will be a sandwich sale at the Christ Lutheran Church on November 17.
  • Warren Wilde submitted pictures for an article in Preservation and Progress magazine. These were honeymoon pictures of his parents which showed parts of the Battlefield then and now and how well the Battlefield has been preserved.
  • Barbara Finfrock was mentioned in the same edition, stating that an endowment was being made in her name.
  • The Preservation Envelope was passed.
  • We are still looking for someone to chair the Cal Doucette Achievement Award Committee.
  • Lynn is asking for a short bio from the membership and Board in order to acquaint everyone which each other.
  • After passing out a questionnaire, a suggestion was made to have Cooper Wingert as a speaker. However, he is unavailable as he is studying in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Our Holiday Banquet will be on December 6 at 6 p.m. at the Dobbin House. Reservations must be received by November 28 and there will be no refunds as per contract obligations.

Show and Tell:

  • Dick McGeary talked about a relative of his, Sgt. John Abbott. He was a farmer who fought for the Union and ultimately gave up his life for his country.

Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer: Dave Diner reports as follows: Income and Dues: $5,232.35; Total Expenses: $4,091.80; Total Assets: $12,219.94.
  • Book Committee: Larry Plymire gave a brief overview of the book committee and asked for new readers. He reported that the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Book Award has been chosen at the October Book Committee meeting. The winner will be announced at the Holiday Banquet.
  • Recording Secretary: Eleanor Bilz, all minutes are on our web page.
  • Membership Secretary: Linda Seamon reports that membership dues are due and Roger reiterated that the 2019 membership form must be used as it has the current cost.
  • Program Committee: Roger Heller reminded membership that the November meeting will be a week earlier due to conflict with Thanksgiving. Our next meeting is November 15. The talk will be on the Battle of Franklin. Carol Reardon will speak at our banquet. The newsletter will have the info and payment form regarding the banquet.
  • Nominating Committee: Al Ferranto. We will need candidates for President and Vice President. Al had nothing to report.
  • Plaque Committee: Deb Novotny/Kendra Debany had nothing to report.

  • President Heller closed the meeting at 7:30.

Lynn introduced our speaker, Wayne Motts. He is CEO of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg and a 30-year Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Prior to his talk, he introduced Randy Hartlaub, who is a first-person reenactor of Rev. William Corby. He gave a brief overview of Rev. Corby’s role in Gettysburg in providing guidance and services to the Irish and any other soldiers. Wayne then commenced his program on the role of chaplains during the Civil War. He is donating his honorarium to the National Civil War Museum.


September 27, 2018

  • President Lynn Heller open the meeting at 7 p.m. by welcoming members and guests. She reminded everyone to shut off their cell phones. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Lynn then introduced the guests.
  • Veterans were asked to rise and be recognized for their service.

Sharing:

  • Roger Heller shared that Lynn Heller spoke to 25 people in York when she showed them her photos of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Scott Mingus will be speaking on Oct 1 on “Flames Beyond Gettysburg...” Flyers on the counter, and a mention of a bookstore in Cashtown which deals with history and the Civil War. Flyers on the counter.

  • The Preservation Envelope was passed around.
  • Hilda called the book raffle. All monies go to the Preservation Fund.
  • Lynn told the membership about four donations received in the name of the late Charles Pike. No one seems to know who he is, but he apparently loved our Roundtable and requested these donations to our Roundtable in his obituary.
  • We are still looking for someone to chair the Cal Doucette Achievement Award Committee. See Lynn if you are interested.
  • Lynn again asked for a short bio from each member of our roundtable in order to introduce them to the membership.
  • Roger and Lynn attended a Roundtable Congress at The National CW Museum in Harrisburg in August, which included roundtable representatives from around the country. The emphasis was on creating a roundtable and recruiting membership. Our roundtable exceeds the standards put forth.
  • A membership questionnaire was distributed and we value all input.
  • Glen Hays, Chairman of the Camp Letterman Committee for the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association has reported that their efforts to preserve 17 acres of the site resulted in 170 groups nationwide sending letters to S&A Homes, which holds title to this land. Glen is confident that S&A is sincere in their efforts to consider the request to preserve these 17 acres from development.
  • Our Holiday Banquet at The Dobbin House will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6th. At our September Board meeting, a suggestion was made that we ask for volunteers to visit local businesses and ask if they would contribute a gift card, etc. for our door prizes. Lynn will pass out a sign-up sheet and official letter to hand to the business owners.

Show and Tell:

  • Ted Hirt brought in a map of Camp Henley and showed us the present location of his house and children’s school, a camp requisition, and letters home talking about the weather and camp life in general. See Al Ferrante if you are interested a presenting at future meetings.
  • Upcoming programs: Scott Mingus as was mentioned under “shared” items, and Edward Ayers, 2018 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Laureate lecture on Oct. 3 at Gettysburg College. Flyer on counter.

Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer: Dave Diner: Total Assets $11,839.83
  • Book Committee: Lynn reporting for Larry Plymire: Book Committee meeting in Cross Keys on October 9th.
  • Recording Secretary: Eleanor Bilz: Minutes are on our Web Page
  • Membership: Linda Seamon: 2019 January-December dues are due now.
  • Program Committee: Roger Heller: Lynn thanked Roger for three outstanding Summer Programs. He announced the October and November programs.
  • Nominating Committee: Al Ferranto: Nothing to report. Lynn added that we will need a new President and Vice President in the Spring.
  • Show and Tell: Al Ferranto: Speakers for October and November are in place.

  • Business portion of meeting ended at 7:25

Lynn introduced our speaker. Dr. Peter D’Onofrio is the President of the Society of Civil War Surgeons, which educates the general public and re-enactors about the life, times and role of Civil War medicine. He spoke on the background, procedures and personnel that led to medical advancements, emphasizing the impact on the subsequent development of American medicine.


Summer “On the Field” Meetings 2018

June 28: Jarrad Fuoss
Confederate Sharpshooters in the Gettysburg Streets
Approximately 50 attendees

July 26 Benjamin Neely
The Battle for the Seminary
Approximately 40 attendees

August 23 Paul Shevchuk
Camp Colt
Approximately 35 attendees


May 26, 2018

  • The meeting was called to order by President, Lynn Heller at 7 P.M.
  • Cell phones off or on mute
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited
  • Thanks to Lynn and Roger Heller for the refreshments. Refreshment sign up sheet was passed.
  • Welcome new guests and members.
  • Several members shared Civil War related events.
  • Lynn read the letter we received from HGAC President Anne Zabawa, thanking the roundtable for their $500.00 donation to window repair at the GAR.
  • Lynn presented Scott Mingus with a check for $500.00 as a donation to the York County History
    Center. This was at the request of Scott, in lieu of payment to him for our Field Trip on Saturday.
  • Preservation donation envelope was passed.
  • Lynn announced that post cards with information about the Civil War Institute’s June seminar
    are at the desk in the kitchen.
  • Lynn asked the members to send her a short biography of themselves, so that she could
    introduce one member per meeting, when that member is present.
  • Lynn announced that she had sent a get well card from the roundtable to Ed Bearss after he
    had sustained a fall. He has recovered and is back on the field leading tours
  • Doug Cook presented a couple of Spencer Carbines from his collection for “Show and Tell”. He
    gave a brief history of their use in the Civil War and at Gettysburg.
  • The book raffle was conducted by Hilda, with the proceeds going to Preservation. 6 books were
    raffled.

Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer: David Diner: Investment Fund: $2500.00
    Operational Fund: $8, 397.78
    Preservation Fund: $1705.39
    Total assets: $12,603.17
  • Financial Committee Report: Lynn read the Annual Audit report done by this committee. All
    finances are in order.
  • Book Committee: Larry Plymire: Reading and reviewing in progress. Larry encouraged any
    member interested in joining the committee to contact him
  • Nominating Committee: Ron Rock read the slate of new officers and Board members.
    David Diner: Treasurer: renewing - May, 2020
    Eleanor Bilz: Recording Sect. renewing - May 2020
    Hilda Koontz; Board - renewing - May 2021
    Bill Myers: New Board member: - May 2021
    • No additional nominations were offered from the floor, and Roger Heller made a motion that
      nominations be closed; Seconded by Larry Sherfy. The members voted in favor.
    • Ron Rock asked for a vote from the members to accept the new slate. Members voted in favor.

    • Al Ferranto will assume the Chair of the Nominating Committee, as Ron is stepping down.
    • Cal Doucette Achievement Award: Ron Rock: Ron gave an overview of the mission of this
      committee and spoke about the previous winners. He is stepping down from this committee and
      asked if anyone is interested in becoming Chair, please see President Lynn Heller, who has the
      binder with the information about the history of, and details about running this committee.

      Thank you Ron for all your good works on these two committees.

  • Program Committee: Roger Heller: Roger gave specifics about Saturday’s field trip to
    Wrightsville, spoke about next month’s meeting, and the June battle walk.
  • The business portion of the meeting ended at 7:25.

Lynn introduced Scott Mingus, Sr. who gave a lively and informative talk about Gen. Jubal
Early’s Brigade, and its activities from Gettysburg to Wrightsville prior to the battle.
His talk was followed by a Q & A.

Respectfully submitted, Lynn Heller for Eleanor Bilz, Recording Secretary


March 22, 2018

  • The March meeting of the Gettysburg Roundtable was called to order by Lynn Heller at 7:00.
  • Cell phones off or on mute.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Thanks to Jason Fretz, who provided and set up refreshments. Lynn asked for help to clean up the kitchen after the meeting, and if anyone would like to join the refreshment committee to help on a rotational basis to see Linda Seamon or Lynn Heller.
  • Welcome to guests and new members.
  • Envelope for Preservation donations was passed. Our roundtable has made a donation to the GAR of $500.00 towards the repair of the deteriorating windows. Lynn thanked everyone for their generosity in contributing to our ongoing preservation fund. We are very lucky to have this beautiful hall to meet in, and the Board of Directors felt it was important that we help in keeping this historic building in good repair
  • Lynn wishes to introduce Board members to the membership, one at each meeting, when that member is present. She asked for a short bio from each Board member. Please send to her email. Lynnheller7577gmail.com. This week she introduced Roger Heller.
  • Lynn asked for anything to share: Larry Korczyk is doing a two-day hike from Heritage House on May 5-6.
  • “Show and Tell” Jim Roth brought in a framed portion of the cyclorama from the Baltimore Street location.
  • Hilda was unable to attend and therefore there was no book raffle.

Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer: Dave Diner was not in attendance: Lynn reported Total Assets: $12,497.61
  • Membership Committee: Linda Seamon not in attendance: Lynn reported three renewal memberships paid at this meeting.
  • Program Committee: Roger reported that Scott Mingus will speak at our next meeting in anticipation of our April 28 field trip. There are five seats left. Meeting at Walmart parking lot, lunch on your own at buffet. May 24 speaker is Brian McEnany on “West Point Class of 1862”
  • Book Committee: Larry Plymire had nothing to report.
  • Nominating Committee: Ron Rock reported on new positions: E. Bilz, recording secretary, D. Diner, treasurer, H. Koontz, 3-year term on Board, Bill Meyers, 3-year term on Board (replacing Ron Rock). Ron is stepping down as Chair of the Nominating and Cal Doucette committees.
    • All interested in assuming either one of these positions, please see Ron or Lynn. There is one candidate for Nominating Committee.
  • Business portion of the meeting ended at 7:20 p.m. 45 members and guests in attendance.

Lynn introduced our speaker for the evening. Paul Bretzger. Paul is from New Jersey and earned a B.A. in Historical Studies from Stockton U. and a Master of Architecture degree from NJ Institute of technology. As he was working as an architect in NYC, he was also researching Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock’s actions at Gettysburg, which resulted in his book, Observing Hancock at Gettysburg, and for which he received the prestigious Gettysburg Book Award for 2017. He has been published in Civil War news, History Net, and Gettysburg Magazine.

Respectfully submitted,
Eleanor Bilz, Recording Secretary


February 22, 2018

  • The February meeting of the Gettysburg Roundtable was called to order by Lynn Heller at 7:00. Approximately 55 members and guests were in attendance.
  • Cell phones off or on mute.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Lynn thanked Kendra Debany, VP for chairing last month’s meeting.
  • Thanks to Amy and Bill Miller, who provided refreshments.
  • Welcome to guests and new members.

Lynn asked if anyone cared to share:

  • A member visited Andersonville Prison, Museum and Cemetery
  • A member visited Hawaii and an elementary school there with a sculpture of Abe Lincoln

  • Envelope for Preservation donations was passed.
  • “Show and Tell” by Gary Rath who showed Civil War medical supplies including surgical saws, a bottle of quinine, an otoscope using natural sunlight to see inside the ear, surgical knives and an amputation kit.
  • Hilda conducted the Book Raffle. Six books were raffled

Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer: Dave Diner: Total Assets: $12,491.53. Income includes $1246.00 in incoming membership dues.
  • Membership Committee: Linda Seamon: Membership started up again.
  • Program Committee: Roger Heller announced our speaker for next month is the winner of our Book Award, Hancock at Gettysburg by Paul Bretzger. Our April meeting will feature Scott Mingus, who will give a “prep” talk in anticipation of our field trip to Wrightsville and Columbia on April 28. A flyer for the sign-up will be with the next newsletter.
  • Book Committee: Larry Plymire: Lynn asked for any books or reviews for Larry to be given to her.

  • Lynn plans to introduce Board members, and eventually, all members who wish to participate in order to acquaint members with each other. Tonight, she introduced Eleanor Bilz, the recording secretary with a brief bio.
  • Business portion of the meeting ended at 7:25 p.m.

Lynn introduced our speaker for the evening. Tom McMillan works in sports, but his passion is history—especially Civil War History. His day job is vice president of communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. Tonight, he is here to share with us stories from his best-selling book Gettysburg Rebels. We are very familiar with Wesley Culp, but perhaps not so familiar with Henry Wentz, or the Hoffman brothers, who all grew up in Gettysburg, but fought for the Confederacy. This is a compelling true story of the backgrounds and lives of these five young men. Tom is involved in many sports and history related organizations. More than 31 members of his family tree served in the Union Army in the Civil War including eight who fought in the Wheatfield here at Gettysburg.

Respectfully submitted,
Eleanor Bilz, Recording Secretary


November 16, 2017

  • The November meeting of the Gettysburg Roundtable was called to order by Lynn Heller at 7:00. Approximately 55 members and guests were in attendance.
  • Cell phones off or on mute.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Lynn mentioned that another meeting was taking place downstairs and folks would be walking through.
  • Thanks to Barbara Berkman, who provided and set up refreshments. Lynn asked for help to clean up the kitchen after the meeting, and if anyone would like to join the refreshment committee to help on a rotational basis to see Linda Seamon.
  • Since we recently observed Veterans’ Day, Lynn asked all Veterans to stand and be recognized.
  • Welcome to guests and new members.
  • Envelope for Preservation donations was passed.
  • A thank you note was received from the Adams County Historical Society, which was presented with a donation of $500.00 towards their capital campaign for a new home.
  • Lynn asked if anyone objected to her taking pictures during the meeting

Lynn asked for anything to share:

  • Caitlin Brown has a friend who is selling his library of Civil War Books. It is quite extensive, and Lynn made a copy of the list. Anyone interested should see Lynn for email address.
  • Al Ferranto asked the membership if they are interested in doing a short presentation; please contact him.

Announcements:

  • Lynn announced that we are again making an amendment to our by-laws regarding the term of the Vice President. The term should mirror that of the President. The Vice President will hold a two-year term with an option for renewal on a year-to-year basis for no more than four years. A vote was taken and it passed unanimously.
  • “Show and Tell” by Doug Cooke who showed weapons (guns and swords) used in the Civil War which were also used in the Mexican War. Also, that Gen. Grant was able to gauge battlefield strategy by Confederate officers, such as Gen. Lee, due to their participation in the Mexican War.
  • Hilda conducted the Book Raffle. Two books were raffled.

Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer, Dave Diner: Total Assets: $12,174. Income includes monies for the Holiday Banquet and Preservation Fund. We are actually $255 in the negative for operating expenses but otherwise in sound financial shape.
  • Membership Committee: Linda Seamon: Membership starts up again in January.
  • Program Committee: Roger announced that the Holiday Banquet speaker will be Patrick Falci, (A.P. Hill). January speaker will be George Franks, The Battle of Falling Waters, the last battle of Gettysburg’s campaign.
  • Book Committee: Larry Plymire: 2017 Book Award for books published in 2016 will be announced at Holiday Banquet. He will need new readers for next year. Let him know if you are interested. Committee meets only once a year.
  • Business portion of the meeting ended at 7:25 p.m.

Lynn introduced our speaker for the evening. David Dixon has his B.A. in Political Science, and his Master’s degree in History. He has spent 35 years in marketing with Fortune 500 companies. David has published many articles in journals and magazines. Most have focused on black history, and Union supporters in the Civil War South. His presentation tonight recounts the life of Charles Anderson, who also gave a “Gettysburg Address” on November 19, 1863. His book is entitled “The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey.” Currently David is writing the first full length biography of Union General August Willich, a German 48er, who distinguished himself in a number of Civil War battles.

Respectfully submitted,
Eleanor Bilz, Recording Secretary


October 26 2017

  • The October meeting of the Gettysburg Roundtable was called to order by Lynn Heller at 7:00. Approximately 55 members and guests were in attendance.
  • Cell phones off or on mute.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Thanks to Linda Seamon, who provided and set up refreshments.
  • Refreshment sign-up sheet was passed out.
  • Welcome to guests and new members.
  • Envelope for Preservation donations was passed.
  • Ben Neely, Director of Adams County Historical Society was presented with a donation of $500.00 towards their capital campaign for a new home.
  • Lynn asked if anyone objected to her taking pictures during the meeting.

Lynn asked for anything to share:

  • Hilda shared her participation in public awareness for research on mental health.
  • Lynn has a photography (for sale) display at the Ragged Edge café.
  • Al Ferranto asked the membership if they are interested in doing a short presentation; please contact him.
  • Board members were announced and introduced.
  • Lynn announced that we are again making an amendment to our by-laws regarding the term of the Vice President. The term should mirror that of the President. The Vice President will hold a two-year term with an option for renewal on a year-to-year basis for no more than four years. We will vote at November 16 meeting. Note that this meeting will be held one week earlier due to Thanksgiving holiday.
  • “Show and Tell” by Ivan Franz who demonstrated his antique coronet.
  • Hilda conducted the Book Raffle. Five books were raffled.
  • A request was made for door prize donations for our Holiday Banquet.

Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer, Dave Diner: Total Assets: $10,638.02. Income as of October was 6,269.96; Total expenses were $6061.94.
  • Recording Secretary: Eleanor Bilz: All Minutes are published on the website.
  • Membership Committee: Linda Seamon: Membership starts up again in January.
  • Program Committee: Roger announced upcoming speaker David Dixon on the “other” Gettysburg address. Holiday Banquet speaker will be Patrick Falci, (A.P. Hill).
  • Plaque Committee, Kendra Debany: nothing to report
  • Book Committee Larry Plymire: 2017 Book Award for books published in 2016 will be announced at Holiday Banquet. He will need approximately 12 new readers for next year.
  • Nominating Committee, Ron Rock: All candidates for respective committees have been selected; however, there is still a need for one Board Member.
  • Business portion of the meeting ended at 7:18 p.m.

Lynn introduced our speaker for the evening. Kevin Pawlak is the director of Education for the Mosby heritage Area Association, and he is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam. He has leadership positions in several Civil War related Foundations, Associations, and Institutes. He is the Author of Shepherdstown in the Civil War, presented on “The Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville on the Road to Gettysburg.”

Meeting ended at 8:15.
Respectfully submitted,
Eleanor Bilz, Recording Secretary


September 28, 2017

  • The September meeting of the Gettysburg Roundtable was called to order by Lynn Heller at 7:00. Approximately 55 members and guests were in attendance.
  • Cell phones off or on mute.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Thanks to Jean Kempa, who provided refreshments.
  • Refreshment sign-up sheet was passed out.
  • Welcome to new members, and guests from the Gettysburg Foundation.
  • Envelope for Preservation donations was passed.
  • Lynn announced that we are again making an amendment to our by-laws regarding the term of the Vice-President. The term should mirror that of the President. The Vice President will hold a two-year term with an option for renewal on a year-to-year basis for no more than four years.
  • Lynn also mentioned the Harrisburg Field trip to the Shenandoah Valley in November. Flyers were placed in the lobby.
  • Cal Doucette award was given to Barbara Finfrock, whose efforts, among other things, resulted in the utility lines being removed from major parts of the battlefield and securing the land where the old Home Sweet Home hotel was located.
  • “Show and Tell” by Cyril Ackerman was a framed plaque of the Soldiers Memorial of the 101st Pennsylvania Company K. His interest in this was due to the fact that his wife had relatives mentioned on the memorial. After "Show and Tell", Al Ferranto asked the membership if they are interested in doing a short presentation; please contact him.
  • Hilda conducted the Book Raffle. Four books were raffled.

Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer, Dave Diner: Total Assets: $11,130.46
  • Recording Secretary: Eleanor Bilz: All Minutes are published on the website.
  • Membership Committee: Linda Seamon: 189 with 67 life members.
  • Program Committee: Roger also announced upcoming speakers.
  • Plaque Committee, Kendra Debany: nothing to report
  • Book Committee Larry Plymire: Meeting will be held on October 10 to discuss and decide on 2017 Book Award for books published in 2016.
  • Nominating Committee, Ron Rock: nothing to report.

There were approximately 50 people in attendance; business portion of the meeting ended at 7:35 p.m.

Lynn introduced our speaker for the evening. Kathleen Thompson received her Ph. D in 19th Century History from WVU. She has been a seasonal interpreter at the Fedricksburg and Spotsylvania National Parks, and is a co-editor of Civil Discourse a blog on the Civil War. She spoke on “The Definition and Treatment of Mental Illness in the Civil War.” Lynn then presented her with a framed certificate of appreciation and an honorarium.

Meeting ended at 8:15.
Respectfully submitted,
Eleanor Bilz, Recording Secretary


May 25, 2017

  • The March meeting of the Gettysburg Roundtable was called to order by Vice President Kendra Debany for Lynn Heller at 7:30. Approximately 55 members and guests were in attendance.
  • Cell phones off or on mute.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Thanks to Jason Fritz, who provided refreshments.
  • Refreshment sign-up sheet was passed out.
  • Welcome to new members, and guests from Vermont and Hanover.
  • Envelope for Preservation donations was passed. It was mentioned that we made a contribution of $500.00 to the Save Historical Antietam Foundation during our field trip last week. Thanks to all who participated in our field trip to Antietam.
  • Kendra introduced Al Ferranto regarding “Show and Tell”. Al will coordinate this. This will begin in September.
  • Hilda conducted the Book Raffle. Five books were raffled.
    Announcements:

Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer: Kendra gave Treasurer’s report in David Diner’s absence:
    Total Assets: 13,260.64
  • Recording Secretary: Eleanor Bilz: Minutes of last meeting are on the website.
  • Membership Committee: Linda Seamon: We added a couple of new members.
  • Program Committee: Roger Heller handed out a sheet with the summer program. Rain dates will be the following weeks, respectively. He also mentioned that the meeting time, starting in September, will be a half hour earlier; the refreshments will be out at 6:30 and the meetings will start at 7:00 p.m.
  • Plaque Committee: Kendra reported that they are meeting on Sunday to see a home on Chapel Road in Cumberland Township.
  • Book Committee: Larry Plymire, members are reading the books.
  • Nominating Committee: Ron Rock, nothing to report.

The business portion of the meeting ended at 7:50 p.m.

Kendra introduced Dr. Brian Jordan. His talk was on trials and tribulations soldiers faced as they returned to civilian life. It is based on his book Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War. After the talk and a Q&A session, Kendra presented Dr. Jordan with a framed certificate of appreciation and an honorarium.

Meeting ended at 8:30.
Respectfully submitted,
Eleanor Bilz, Recording Secretary


April 27, 2017

  • The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by President Lynn Heller
  • Lynn announced that our scheduled speaker Carol Reardon was unable to attend our meeting tonight. She had been in the hospital for severe knee pain caused by an arthritic condition and dehydration. but was hoping to present her lecture on Antietam while sitting. However, having only been discharged that morning, she did not feel up to delivering her talk. She sent her best regards to our roundtable & encourages everyone to stay hydrated! Lynn then remarked how fortunate we were to have Gettysburg Ranger John Hoptak as our speaker. John is an expert on the Battle of Antietam having been a ranger there for 8 years.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited
  • Thanks to Deb Novotny for the refreshments
  • Thanks to Linda Seamon and Jean Kempa for setting them up!
  • Welcome new members and guests: New members: Jeanne and Tom Thierolf; Guest: Ken Farmer.

Lynn asked if anyone had anything to share:

  • Cyril Ackerman announced that at the Monterey Pass Visitor’s Center on March 25, 2017, an event was held honoring Medal of Honor recipients. It included a talk by John Miller.
  • Hilda Koontz shared that she recently presented a program on Women Spies in the Civil War
  • Roger Heller shared that he recently gave a talk about Conscientious Objectors in Adams County in York, PA

We have been announcing at our meetings a proposed change in the by laws for the President’s term of office. The vote is to be held at the April meeting.

  • The motion up for amendment: “The President’s term of service will be for two years, and renewal on a year to year basis, for no more than four years.”
  • Motion to second: Roger Heller
  • All in favor by voice vote: unanimous aye Opposed: none
  • Lynn stated: The By Laws stand amended.
  • Lynn thanked everyone who signed up for various committees, and for those who changed their method of receiving the newsletter from ‘snail mail’ to email.
  • The Preservation envelope was passed and returned to David Diner, Treasurer
  • Lynn announced that we will be making a $500.00 contribution to Save Historical Antietam Foundation
  • Lynn asked 3 Trivia Questions. Two members answer correctly and were each awarded a book raffle ticket.
  • The book raffle was conducted by Hilda and Spencer. Proceeds were given to the Treasure

Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer: David Diner:
    Investment Fund: $2,500.00
    Operational Fund: $7,573.68
    Preservation Fund: $3,186.96
    Total cash and bank accounts: $13,260.64

  • Membership Secretary: Linda Seamon: If any members do not receive a newsletter, your membership may have elapsed, and needs to be renewed. Call or email Linda.

  • Audit Committee: Lynn received the annual audit from Linda Seamon. Lynn read the report to the members: “On behalf of the GCWR Audit Committee: Hilda Koontz, Linda Joswick, and Linda Seamon, we submit the following: Receipts, Bank Accounts, and Statements are all in order. The budget that was passed last year seems to be on target so we do not recommend any changes at present. Mr. Diner has done an excellent job of record keeping. On behalf of the roundtable we thank him for his attention to details and all the work he has performed. March, 2017.”

  • Recording Secretary: Lynn for Eleanor Cingire Bilz: The minutes of our monthly meetings and Board Meetings are now posted on our Web Page, gettysburgcwrt.org, beginning with the March, 2017 minutes.

  • Book Committee: Larry Plymire: The members of this committee are busy reading and reviewing CW books published in 2016. The announcement of the 2017 winner will be made at our Holiday Banquet Thursday, December 7.

  • Program Committee: Roger Heller: The speaker for May will be Brian Jordan, and the summer “on the field” programs - for members only - will be Sue Boardman, Caitlin Brown, and John Hoptak. The May 20 bus trip to Antietam is ‘sold out”, but there is a waiting list of 10 people.
  • Nominating Committee: Lynn for Ron Rock: Candidates for the annual April elections are:

Vice President: Kendra Debany
President: Lynn Heller
Membership Secretary: Linda Seamon
Board Members: Dale Molina, Fred Hawthorne

Lynn asked if there were any nominations from the floor: There were none.

Lynn asked for a motion to close the nominations: Roger so moved; Hilda second. All in favor; unanimous aye.

A motion was made and seconded to accept the slate. The new slate of Officers and Board Members is carried, with thanks.

  • The Cal Doucette Achievement Award: Lynn for Ron Rock: A recipient has been chosen by the committee. Lynn announced that Barbara Finfrock is the well deserved winner, and since present at tonight’s meeting, received a hearty round of applause. The award will be announced in the July newsletter and presented to Barbara at the September meeting.

  • Plaque Committee: Deb Novotny: 2 new applications are being reviewed. 10 new plaques will be purchased

Lynn Introduced John Hoptak as tonight’s speaker. John is a full time Ranger at Gettysburg, an historian, and author. He gave a lively, informative, entertaining, and captivating talk about the Battle of Antietam, followed by a Q & A.

The meeting was adjourned at 9 PM, by President Heller. Respectfully submitted by Lynn Heller, for Eleanor Cingire Bilz.


March 23, 2017
  • The March meeting of the Gettysburg Roundtable was called to order by President Lynn Heller at 7:30. Approximately 65 members and guests were in attendance.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Thanks to Barbara Burkman, who provided refreshments.
  • Thanks to members who stepped up to form Refreshment Committee: Linda Seamon, Jean Kempa and Mollie Back. Refreshment sign-up sheet was passed.
  • Welcome to new members and guests.
  • Shared information: Nunsense Musical still has seats available, Park Seminar still has availability and Lynn shared an article in the Gettysburg Times regarding the Heritage Hall at the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church as it featured three members of the Roundtable, Chuck Teague, Dale Molina, and Eleanor Bilz.
  • Envelope for Preservation donations was passed. It was mentioned that Norm Danis donated $25.00 from the sale of his rifle to the Preservation Fund. Flyers and other items for sale in lobby on counter. We will be making a contribution of $500.00 to the Save Historical Antietam Foundation during our field trip in May.
  • Opportunities for members to serve the roundtable:
    • Someone or persons to help Roger on the Program Committee. Suggest speakers and greet speakers at the meeting.
    • Someone or persons to form an AV committee - set up the projector and lap top at the beginning of each meeting.
    • Someone or persons to help with the Holiday Banquet Door Prize Table. Collect items & set up displays at the banquet.
  • Lynn introduced Al Ferranto to talk about “Show and Tell”. Al will coordinate this. If you have anything of interest such as a relic, photo or family history, you may speak on it for no more than 10 minutes. If nothing is brought forth for a particular meeting, Al will bring in some of his items to display. Every meeting will have a Show and Tell segment. This will begin in September.
  • Hilda and Spence conducted the Book Raffle. Four books were raffled.
  • Lynn’s Trivia Question regarding who is the brother-in-law of General Roger B. Taney, was answered correctly by Larry Sherfy. The answer is Francis Scott Key

Announcements:

Lynn asked if anyone had an old (used) laptop which they would be willing to donate to the Roundtable for use by our guest speakers.

Committee Reports:

    • Treasurer: Lynn gave Treasurer’s report in David Diner’s absence:

      Investment Fund: 2,500.00
      Operational Fund: 8,750.80
      Preservation Fund: 2,951.96
      Total Assets: 14,202.76

    • Recording Secretary: Minutes of last meeting are in the kitchen.
    • Membership Committee: Linda Seamon: There are 17 people from the 2016 membership who have not yet renewed their 2017 membership.
    • Program Committee: Roger Heller announced that Carol Reardon will be speaker for April 27 meeting. She is the guide for our May 20 field trip to Antietam. All seats are filled for this trip and if there is enough interest, another trip might be set up in the Fall.
    • Plaque Committee: Nothing to report.
    • Book Committee: Larry Plymire Nothing new to report.
    • Nominating Committee: Ron Rock In April, the membership will vote on the motion to change the by-laws to allow the President to serve a two-year term, renewable on a year-to-year basis for up to four years. If this passes, Lynn has agreed to continue to serve as our President, since no other names were put forth by the membership. Kendra is candidate for Vice President, Linda is candidate for Membership Secretary, and Dale Molina and Fred Hawthorn are candidates for Board Members.

The business portion of the meeting ended at 7:50 p.m.

Lynn then introduced our evening’s speaker, Tom Ryan. Tom is our 2015 Book Award Recipient for his multiple award winning book: Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign. His presentation tonight is based on this book, and he will be telling the story of how intelligent operations influenced the actions or non- actions of Gen. Lee and Gen. Meade. Tom is an historian lecturer, and author, and a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Department of Defense. Following a few questions, Lynn presented Mr. Ryan with a framed certificate of appreciation and an honorarium.

Respectfully submitted,

Eleanor Bilz, Recording Secretary

 

May 23
153rd Pennsylvania
Jeffrey Stocker

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June 27
Tour of the GNMP Cannon Shop
Lucas Flickinger

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July 25
The Battle of the Peach Orchard
James Hessler

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August 22
East Cavalry Field
Chris Army

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

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October 24
The Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham
Jan Croon

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November 21
George Gordon Meade
Dr. Jennifer Murray

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

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EVENT INFORMATION

 

THE BUS HAS BEEN FILLED.
Thank you to all who signed up.

Annual Spring Excursion 2019
SATURDAY, MAY 11

The Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville

The Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville, Virginia were hree large cavalry actions that were part of the Gettysburg Campaign. Alde was fought on June 17, 1863, Middleburg on June 19, and Upperville on June 21. They would become one of the largest cavalry actions involving Jeb Stuart’s forces of the Confederate cavalry and Alfred Pleasanton’s title cavalry during the entire war.

The battles were fought because Robert E. Lee was moving into a second invasion of the North, leaving the Culpepper area with Gen. Ewell in the lead, followed by Gen. A.P. Hill who would be disengaging from the Fredericksburg. They crossed west of Culpepper, Chester Gap, and moved north, down the Valley to move across the Potomac with Gen. Longstreet’s Corps coming on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains and his corps was to cross at Ashby’s Gap and Snickersville Gap, both prominent gaps in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Union Gen. Joseph Hooker got word of the movement, Win- chester would fall on June 14 from Ewell’s 30,000 man corps and Washington became increasingly concerned as to what Lee’s intentions were going to be, and so word went out to the Federal cavalry to find out and bring back intelligence to matter what the cost might be.

Our guide will be Kevin Pawlak. the Director of Education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association and a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam National
Battlefield. Kevin also sits on the Board of Directors of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association and the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. He is also on the advisory board of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University, his alma mater.

You download the Registration Flyer to mail in or pay online on the Excursion page.

 

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