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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March 23, 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Spies, Scouts, and Secrets
in the Gettysburg Campaign

Tom Ryan

This PowerPoint presentation focuses on intelligence operations during the Gettysburg campaign. It tells the story of how Gen. Robert E. Lee lost the battle at Gettysburg, because he was ill-prepared from an intelligence point of view to undertake such a complex operation into unfamiliar territory.

It also tells the story of how Lee salvaged the campaign by escaping before the much larger Union forces could do further damage to his army, and how Maj. Gen. George G. Meade hesitated to take action despite having excellent intelligence on Lee’s position and his inability to cross the river swollen from heavy rains.

The standard Gettysburg histories provide accounts of infantry, cavalry, and artillery operations. This talk, based on my book Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign, adds another dimension about the impact of intelligence operations on the outcome of the campaign.

TomRyanTom Ryan is the former president of the Central Delaware Civil War Round Table, and a member of the Gettysburg Foundation, Civil War Trust, Fort Delaware Society, and Delaware Historical Society. He has a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.A. from the American University School of International Service.

His multiple award-winning book is titled Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’s Invasion of the North, June-July 1863. He also published Essays on Delaware during the Civil War, that describes the state’s political, military, and social involvement during that period.

He has written numerous articles and book reviews about the Civil War for newspapers and magazines, and his “Civil War Profiles” column appears weekly in the Coastal Point newspaper, Ocean View, Delaware. He currently writes book reviews for Civil War News and Civil War Monitor Magazine.

He served three years in the U. S. Army and thirty-five years with the U.S. Department of Defense. Now retired, he and his wife live in Bethany Beach, Delaware.


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.

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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OFFICERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BOARD MEMBERS

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 at Perkins Restaurant in Gettysburg. 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.

 

COMMITTEES

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.

EVENT INFORMATION

Gettysburg CWRT Field Trip 2017

A tour of Antietam National Battlefield

with very special guide

Dr. Carol Reardon

May 20, 2017

Join us for a full day on the battlefield for a tour based on her
2016 book, co-authored with Tom Vossler, A Field Guide To Antietam.

More information and Reservation Form.

Hello Friends!

Spring is just around the corner! We are all eagerly awaiting the first red bud… the subtle change across the battlefield from brown to green…the fresh warm breeze on Little Round Top. We are looking forward to wandering or driving the hallowed grounds. Lucky us! We are lucky too, to belong to this very vibrant roundtable that brings together like minded friends – Civil War enthusiasts…battlefield stompers…NPS Rangers…Town Guides…Licensed Battlefield Guides…authors…re-enactors. We are rich in our membership! We love to learn, to share ideas, to enjoy each other’s company, and to have the opportunity to keep the memory of Gettysburg’s amazing history alive.

I celebrate you…our dedicated Board of Directors, Officers, Committee Chairs and their members, and a loyal roundtable membership!

As we enjoy another year in this Historic GAR Hall, why not bring a friend with you, join a committee, present a Show and Tell, write an article for the newsletter, ask a Trivia question, run for office, AND make sure you pay your dues before the March meeting!

“Spring drew on …and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”

– Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre.

In friendship...

- Lynn

SPEAKERS

April 27
Carol Reardon

Introduction to the Field Trip to Antietam

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May 25
Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan
Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War

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