Save the Date - Sat April 18, 2020 - Gettysburg Conservation Day

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Our conservation work at Gettysburg NMP began in 1991 under the leadership of Mike Snyder who worked with Scott Hartwig to plan our first “Brush Cutting” venture. It wasn’t until 1995 that the Park formally initiated a preservation and conservation program. On November 1, 1995 then, Superintendent John Latschar wrote the following to our Round Table:

“This letter is a long overdue thank you for the hard work and generosity of the Civil War Round Table of Eastern Pennsylvania in clearing trees and brush at Stewart’s Battery at Gettysburg National Military Park.

The work of volunteer groups like yours is extremely vital to the future of the Gettysburg battlefield. Partly due to your inspirations we are launching a new program on November 18 to ask groups to formally adopt regimental or brigade positions on the battlefield, and to help us with the care and restoration of monuments and the historic surroundings.

The dedication and work of your Roundtable is such an excellent example of group volunteer efforts that we are using it as a success story in our promotional materials. I know we can count on your continued support, and I hope you will consider formally adopting one or more of the positions at Gettysburg National Military Park that you have helped us with so much in the past.”

When the “Adopt a Position” was formally announced later that month we were listed as one of two success stories.” The Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Pennsylvania has donated thousands of hours of labor, clearing overgrown vegetation on the battlefield, including the Wheatfield and the Loop. Currently they are removing the dense, non-historic vegetation in front of the tablet to Battery B, 4th United States Artillery, which played a crucial role in the afternoon fighting on July 1, 1863.”

 While we never adopted one place, we did become a “Fire Brigade” and worked with Park officials to labor at different sites all over the battlefield where we were needed most. That work continues today. Over the past number of years, we have partnered with Bob McHugh’s High School students, Jim Duffy’s brother John’s Boy Scout Troop 89, Dave Hunsicker’s Boy Scout Troop 786, members of the Whitehall Historical Society and friends and family of Round Table members to continue that work. Last year some 50 volunteers painted, cut brush or built fences at the Slyder Farm. Most of those volunteers weren’t even born in 1991.

We have a legacy of volunteerism to preserve and protect our historic sites. Be part of that legacy on April 18, 2020. Stay turned for further developments at next year’s site is yet to be determined.

Photos from the October 1st Meeting

Presenter Eric Buckland (left) with CWRT Program Coordinator Tom McHugh

Presenter Eric Buckland (left) with CWRT Program Coordinator Tom McHugh

Historian Eric Buckland, whose years in active duty in Special Operations provided him a unique understanding of Mosby’s Rangers. Buckland shared the leadership qualities and military exploits of Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby, whose battalion gained notoriety for raids behind Union lines.



Book raffle winners ~ with proceeds - as always - going to battlefield preservation!


From the Brigade Commander ~ October 2019


From the Brigade Commander: Barry Arnold

 We opened our 42nd year campaign with a bang. Our September speaker was fabulous with his presentation on his book “Gettysburg Rebels”. He took five nobodies or low level privates originally from Gettysburg who joined the Confederate army and returned to fight on the Confederate side in one of the hardest fought battles of the Civil War. This was truly a must read book and presentation which addressed the myths of these individuals.

Our next speaker for October 1st will be Eric Buckland. A retired army veteran of 22 years and author of five books on Mosby’s rangers. He will speak on Mosby’s leadership. So, please come and enjoy him with me and your fellow round table members.

I want to announce that one of our preservation battlefields is the Shenandoah battlefield’s foundation. This foundation is very close to our own Round table. Our $1000.00 gift with matching funds turned into $14000.00. The money went to save the Buhl property at the battle of New Market. If you visit New Market battlefield in your travels, you can be proud that you helped save this site.

Our field trips are important to us. It allows us to get together and, first hand, see these Civil War sites. History is the road map to the future. As we plan our field trips, I hope you provide feed-back into places you would like to visit. We had a short survey in September and if you did not have an opportunity at the meeting, feel free to provide feed-back at our October meeting. We can plan and participate in great trips. Again, history is the road map to the future. As I close please be safe and drive carefully. I’ll be looking forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday October first, 2019.

CANCELLED - South Mountain Battlefield Tour on October 26

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George Franks sends us this invite concerning a tour of the South Mountain Battlefield tour being offered by the Hagerstown Civil War Round Table.

I know this is a long distance away, but we are hosting a tour on October 26, a Saturday. It will be run by the Hagerstown Civil War Roundtable. If any of your members are interested please contact me. See below. George Franks

The Hagerstown Civil War Round Table will sponsor a tour of the South Mountain Battlefield.  This program will explore the events that caused Robert E. Lee to reconsider his plans for the continued 1862 Maryland Campaign and to concentrate his army at Sharpsburg, thus setting the stage for the Battle of Antietam three days later.  We will visit Turner's, Fox's, and Crampton's Gaps, examine the terrain, and discuss the situation on the night of September 13, the major combat on September 14, and the far reaching consequences of the battle.  Updates on battlefield preservation and newly acquired property will also be provided.

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Click here for overview from Civil War Trust on this battle

Photos from the September 3rd Meeting

Left: Bob McHugh CWRT Program Coordinator;  Right: Tom McMillan author of Gettysburg Rebels

Left: Bob McHugh CWRT Program Coordinator;
Right: Tom McMillan author of Gettysburg Rebels

Tom McMillan who works in sports but his passion is history spoke about his most recent book is "Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers"


September Book Raffle Winners

September Book Raffle Winners

Book raffle winners ~ with proceeds - as always - going to battlefield preservation!

2019 Preservation Grants Awarded by the Civil War Round Table of Eastern PA


2019 List of Donations for Preservation

With the VERY successful conclusion of the 2018 – 2019 Campaign Season, it has been determined that the following Civil War Battlefields will receive a donation from the Civil War Round Table of Eastern PA in the amount of $5,000.00. There are matching funds with each bequest and are listed below:

  • $1000.00 for preservation of 42 acres at Stone’s River (TN) – matching funds of $33.94 for a total of $33,940.00

  • $1000.00 for preservation of 15 acres at Fort Donelson, Chattanooga and Franklin – matching funds of $21.17 for a total of $21,170.00.

  • $1000.00 for preservation of 185 acres at Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Bentonville – matching funds of $10.43 for a total of $10,430.00

  • $1000.00 for preservation to the Shenandoah Battlefields Foundation of 35 acres at New Market Battlefield – matching funds of $14.00 for a total of $14,000.00

  • $500.00 for preservation of 226 acres at Reams Station, Petersburg Breakthrough, Champion Hill and Jackson Battlefields – matching funds of $7.48 for a total of $3,740.00

  • $500.00 for preservation of 73 acres at Shiloh and South Mountain Battlefields – matching funds of $6.89 for a total of $3,445.00

The $5000.00 to be awarded to the above will be matched
for a total of $86,725.00 for battlefield preservation!

2019–2020 CWRT of Eastern PA Preservation Raffle


2019–2020 Preservation Raffle

Once again, we have an excellent array of 8 prizes which will be awarded at our June 2, 2020 meeting. We will follow last year’s format in which the first winner gets to select from all eight items.  Each additional winner will then select from the items remaining. 

Our Board felt that this was a better method rather than assigning prizes to each drawing.

Historic Preservation of our sites and collections is a significant part of our Mission as an organization. There are no losers when one donates to the cause of Historic Preservation.

Tickets are sold in booklets of ten for $5.00 and are available at every meeting.

  1.  Appomattox Surrender Signing Print by Tom Lovell

  2.  Robert E Lee pencil sketch by George S. Parrish, Jr - signed & numbered

  3. Union “General Service” Coat Button Display excavated in area of Chancellorsville Battlefield (mounted & donated by Barry Arnold)

  4. The Life of Billy Yank and The Life of Johnny Reb by Bell Irvin Wiley (2 Volume Boxed Set)

  5. Stonewall Jackson, The Legend and the Man & Stonewall Jackson, Seven Days to the Last March by Lenoir Chambers (2 Volume Boxed Set)

  6. The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War (2 Volume Boxed Set)

  7. The Civil War by Shelby Foote (3 Volume Set)

  8. Grand and Lee, The Virginia Campaigns, 1864-1865 by William Frassanito (Signed Copy)

First meeting- September 03, 2019 ~ Campaign 42

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First meeting- September 03, 2019 ~ Campaign 42

Reflecting On Karl Lehr, A Legacy of Honor, Commitment, and Generosity

 Karl Lehr was truly a renaissance man. He was a teacher, veteran of World War II, a preservationist and a philanthropist. During his time as a member of our Round Table he served our organization in many capacities. His commitment to historic preservation was accomplished through voice, labor and monetary contributions. Karl led a full life and his passing in 2009 at the age of 93 years generated a final gift that will continue to benefit future generations of our great land. A combination of his bequest to our Round Table and matching grants from leading Civil War preservation organizations brought $463,000 to the cause of historic preservation in 2011. We honor Karl’s memory tonight at our “Karl Lehr Memorial Dinner.”

Our speaker is Tom McMillan who works in sports but his passion is history -- and he always wanted to make a contribution to history. His most recent book is "Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers" (June 2017). Three years earlier he completed a more contemporary historical work: "Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11." McMillan serves on the Board of Trustees of Pittsburgh's Heinz History; on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa.; on the marketing committee at the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide of the Civil War Room at Carnegie Library in Carnegie, Pa. His day job is Vice President of Communications for the five-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. A former newspaper sports writer and talk show host, McMillan has covered the Olympics, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the Final Four, various major bowl games and numerous other major (and minor!) sporting events. He grew up in Bellevue, Pa. near Pittsburgh and earned a degree in journalism and communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He continues to serve his alma mater as co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park. He resides with his family in Kennedy Township, Pa. and is an ardent supporter of Chelsea FC.

About the Speaker’s Topic:
Gettysburg Rebels is the gripping true story of five young men who grew up in Gettysburg, moved south to Virginia in the 1850s, joined the Confederate army - and returned "home" as foreign invaders for the great battle in July 1863. Drawing on rarely-seen documents and family histories, as well as military service records and contemporary accounts, Tom McMillan delves into the backgrounds of Wesley Culp, Henry Wentz and the three Hoffman brothers in a riveting tale of Civil War drama and intrigue

Please note Jim will be bringing his book to the meeting and you can purchase for $20.00.


From the Brigade Commander - Summer 2019

From the Brigade Commander: Barry Arnold

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We ended our 41st campaign with a great performance by Ken Serfass who is a first person reenactor of General Ulysses S. Grant. His talk on the siege of Chattanooga was outstanding with a full layout map of the siege. Any one that skipped that evening missed a fantastic speech.

I am the New Brigade Commander, Barry Arnold. I think everyone knows me. I’ve been attending the CWRT of Eastern PA for a number of years. I look forwarding to talking to you in the upcoming season and would love to see you at the meetings. I look forward to

your feed-back on ways we can better improve the CWRT experience.

We at the Round Table want to thank Ed Root for his leadership and service in these past years. “Thank you so much ED.” I hope I can be a good leader as you have.

I hope everyone is having a great summer. Everyone, please be careful driving while visiting your favorite civil war sites, beach excursions, or wherever your summer fun takes you.

Just a reminder that we begin our meetings on Sept. 3rd, 2019 which marks our 42nd campaign of the roundtable of Eastern Pa. In September, we have Tom McMillian, a historian who will talk on the Gettysburg Rebels. Always interesting to have stories about Gettysburg.

Looking forward to seeing you at our September dinner meeting. For now, stay safe and have a great rest of the summer.