As we have seen too much of this winter season, the weather seems to be like a battle at Gettysburg of the Civil War. The 20 inch snow and mixed snow/sleet is our official call of the winter’s front. Between the snow, ice and record low (sub-zero) temperatures, we are hoping that March’s meeting will not be a bit calmer and not so colder. Even though our February meeting was cut short, our mess talk kept the cold Civil War crowd alive. In fact, we did have our book raffle, but also the civil war chants that had a bit of snow blended into each rebel yell.
This month we are endeared with the Bill Cannon’s talk on “A Sword in the Attic”. Bill will cover the “Search for Lt. Col. Thomas Hall of the 121st PA”, which highlights Bill’s quest to discover the history of the ceremonial sword he found in his attic. Remember that for the 2013-2014 campaign year, Ed Root has organize the brush cutting at Gettysburg park for Saturday, April 26th. Also this year, we will be looking at the Civil War Trust’s Antietam Campaign and the four battlefields in Virginia that need 318 acres preserved (http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/antietam/antietam-2013/).
As always, I want to remind every person that our website (http://www.cwrteasternpa.org/) archives all the past newsletters, lists our meeting times, membership application, a collection of other civil war related sites for research, the civil war’s 150th anniversary locations to visit and last but definitely not least is our Preservation Front. Our Preservation Front contains not only our latest updates, but also trusts that have been setup to support the preservation of the civil war battlegrounds. So during this 2013 campaign Year, don’t forget to remember the soldiers that fought and died in the civil war. Please, not only do your part, but also help us to preserve the battlefield lands where our ancestors fought
SUPPORT PRESERVATION, PURCHASE PRINT AND BOOK RAFFLE TICKETS! Contributed by Tony Major
Stop by and see Jim Duffy at the Preservation Table during any meeting to purchase your print raffle tickets.
First prize – this valuable print, Burnside’s Bridge, signed by artist Don Troiani, The framed value in the secondary market for this print is currently $600.00. This will be a great addition to your collection.
Second prize – Official General Ulysses S. Grant Bowie Knife – “The Siege of Vicksburg” by the Franklin Mint with a Certificate of Authenticity
Third prize - ”Illustrated History of the Civil War” – 3 volume set
Vol. 1 – “Arms and Equipment of the Union”
Vol. 2 – “Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy”
Vol. 3 – “Illustrated Atlas of the Civil War”
Fourth prize - “Grant and Lee” – William M. S. Rasmussen and Robert S. Tilton – Published by Virginia Historical Society – 9″ X 12″
Fifth prize – Three rare pamphlets on the USS Monitor:
“The Man Who Made the Monitor; John Ericsson, Engineer and Visionary” – American Swedish
Historical Museum, Philadelphia 2003
“Monitor Builders: A Historical Study of the Principal Firms and Individuals Involved in the
Construction of the USS Monitor” – National Park Service and NOAA, 1988
“Ironclad Captains: The Commanding Officers of the USS Monitor” – William S. Still – National
Marine Sanctuary, April 1988
REMEMBER, WHEN YOU SUPPORT PRESERVATION, EVERYONE WINS!!!
Brush cutting at Gettysburg NMP Saturday April 26
Have you signed up yet for our Gettysburg brush cutting venture? See Ed Root at the March meeting and become part of a fun day for a great cause.
Our Round Table has a long history of conservation work at Gettysburg dating back some 20 years. If fact, we were given official credit for being a part of the genesis for the Adopt a Position program. We cut brush, trimmed bushes and dragged trees in many places on that sacred field. We toiled from Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery on the Chambersburg Pike, to the 17th Maine Infantry position at the edge of the Wheatfield to Little Round Top and Culp’s Hill where the trails we placed are still being used and many sites in between.
The sites we selected are the fence line of the McPherson barn and the regimental monuments to the 143rd and 149th Pennsylvania Infantry. They are all along the Chambersburg Pike, The work is all light trimming with no tree cutting or heavy dragging of timber as we endured in some of our earlier and maybe more importantly “younger” days. Once the work is done we will have a tour of the action that occurred on the site on July 1, 1863.We always had fun and the cause of historic preservation is an honorable one!
So save the date: Saturday, April 26, 2014. Sign up at any meeting or email Ed Root at email@example.com. More details on logistics and program will be forthcoming in the April newsletter.