As we approach the fall season, we continue our Civil War campaign year and the fall foliage is ending that brings us notice of the oncoming winter. At out November’s meetings Hugh spoke on the Seward attack and blended his knowledge from being a member of the Surratt Society, GAR museum and his book reviews.
This month we are endeared with the era’s musical charm of Charlie Zahn. Charlie has not been with for several years and I am sure the musical event will be the year’s ultimate event. For the 2013-2014 campaign year, Ed Root is organizing the brush cutting at Gettysburg park. 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 fougt
Brush cutting at Gettysburg NMP Saturday April 26
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 last few years have proven difficult for us to muster a sufficient a work crew and we have been consequently inactive.
Well, we decided to give it another try. 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. We always had fun and the cause of historic preservation is an honorable one!
So save the date which is Saturday, April 26, 2014. With five month’s notice we will hopefully have no prior commitment issues! Sign up at any meeting or email Ed Root at email@example.com. More details on logistics and program will be forthcoming.