We thought April would bring warmth and spring flowers with buds of joy and celebration, but instead the cool weather and strong winds prevailed. First we had Dick Simpson revisit the round table and speak on the Vermont Brigade at Gettysburg for our 150th celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg. Dick also laid out his numerous preservation efforts that he has supported as well.
Coming up on May 7th is a special presentation as Malcolm Gross, a local prominent lawyer visits the round table. He also has regular history classes at Cedar Crest College for the seniors. Malcolm’s talk will capture from his history discussions some interesting tidbits for our Civil War enthusiasts.
Finally, our next day trip “The 150th Anniversary of Chancellorsville: General Robert E. Lee’s Greatest Triumph” is at the Laurel Hill Cemetery taking place in May 4th this Saturday. Also, on June 1st Laurel Hill Cemetery is have a dinner and talk on the “1863: Gettysburg Before and After – 150th Anniversary Exhibit Opening, with a tour, lecture and dinner at a cost of $40. Please contact myself or one of the board members if you are interested in attending either event.
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 150thanniversary 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.
This valuable signed print is first prize in our June Raffle. On July 3, 1863, Brigadier General Wade Hampton was momentarily alone, desperately fending off saber blows from a cavalry assault, as Picket’s charge began along Cemetery Ridge.
The unframed value in the secondary market for this print is currently $450.00. This will be a great addition to your collection.
Second prize – Vice Admiral David Farragut pocket knife in carrying case. Issued by the Franklin Mint.
Third prize – One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh belt buckle. Issued by Award Design Medals.
Fourth prize - Pen and Ink Drawing, Forward the Colors, Brig. Gen. Armistead at Cushing’s Guns – Gettysburg July 3rd 1863. Signed by Dale Gallon.
Fifth prize – Large fold out Map. Site of the Battle of Antietam Creek or Sharpsburg, Maryland, September 17, 1862. 30” X 40”
Sixth prize – Civil War Times Illustrated, Hardbound Volumes I: 1962-1963, II: 1963-1964, III: 1964-1965, IV: 1965-1966. Plus Civil War Times Illustrated 30 Year Comprehensive Index (April 1959-February 1989).
Stop by and see Jim Duffy at the Preservation Table during any meeting to purchase print raffle tickets. A book of 10 tickets is only $5.00! We all win when we donate for the benefit of historic preservsation.