Trip Preparations to Antietam with Dennis Frye on October 20, 2018

October 20, 2018 Trip Preparations to Antietam with Dennis Frye-
Follow up from Spring Survey

by Barry Arnold and Claire Kukielka

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     If you recall, we surveyed you in the spring to see when and where we should have our field trips in 2018-2019 and mode of transportation.
     In some instances, the results were a little inconclusive but overall Antietam, MD was overwhelmingly the first choice.
     That date is set as Oct 20, 2018. The tour begins at 12:30 but we will leave by  9:30 in order to arrive in time.
     There seemed to be some interest in a van but as you know renting a van will require reservations and monies committed in advance, so we are asking now for all of those who feel sure you will be attending our Maryland trip and of those attending how many will be taking the van and how many will be carpooling?
     Please respond by August 12, 2018 to either Barry Arnold at bjasparks@rcn.com. Please let him know if you will be attending and if you will be willing to pay the approximately $60.00 or if you will be coming by another means of transportation.
     Please note the $60.00 fee is based on a van being filled with 20 persons. If we do not fill the van, the cost would go up, so we really want to fill it in order to keep the cost down. Plus it will be more fun to have a filled van.

From the Brigade Commander ~ June 2018

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     “Voices from the Attic.” Isn’t it amazing that new and significant information is still being discovered all these years after “The Late Unpleasantness.” Who knows what treasures still lay hidden in the attics and closets of America? Carleton Young sure found out and we applaud his wonderful research and thank him for sharing the story of Henry and Francis Martin. Their letters certainly add to our knowledge and understanding of the period and of those who lived and died in that defining time of American history.

     Our 40th year of study and working to preserve America’s historic treasures is drawing to a close. The George Seligman Dinner on June 5th honors the man who led a small group of history students from the wilderness of meeting in a room at the Allentown Courthouse to the promised land of dinner meetings with wonderful speakers, field trips to places we had only read about and to the necessary and critical work of helping to save for posterity America’s historic lands and collections. No matter if you’ve been with us for days or years we thank you for sharing in this journey of comradeship and discovery.  George’s knowledge, humor and organizational skills put us on the path for 40 years of learning and enjoyment of history and each other’s company.

     What better way to celebrate than to bring Dennis Frye to speak on June 5th. Antietam and Dennis are synonymous. His passion for history and historic preservation is known by all students of the Civil War. We announced at the May meeting that Dennis will lead us on October 20th on a tour of the portion of the Antietam battlefield associated with Ambrose Burnside’s assault.  We will visit some areas most folks never get to see and understand the struggle from both the Union and Confederate perspectives. If you’ve ever been on tour with Dennis, you most likely have already signed on for the October 20 tour. It will be a day to remember. We’re working out all the logistics so the sooner you let us know of your interest the better job we can do to prepare for this event.

     It’s difficult to fathom but our 40th Anniversary year is fast coming to a close. Barry Arnold and Kay Bagenstose continue to enhance our meetings with our special raffles. Please let them know how much you appreciate the hard work that goes into Barry’s photographs and Kay’s surprise raffle.

     Please Please Please frequently review our website at http://www.cwrteasternpa.org/ Paul Bartlett does a great job keeping things fresh.

     The time of the year for prime battlefield trekking is right around the corner. We have been fortunate that a number of folks have donated to the Round Table many maps that will make any such trip much more meaningful. At our June meeting we will have a special table full of such maps. Take as many as you wish. All we ask is for a donation of your choosing in return. Special thanks to Bill Frankenfield and Mike Snyder for giving us many of these maps.

     It has been a privilege to stand before you each month at our dinner meetings. Look around you and notice all those who make our meetings or events a success. Barry Arnold, Paul Bartlett, Rev. John Berntsen, Kay Bagenstose, Chuck Cannon, Mike Cavanaugh, Carol Detweiler, Jim Duffy, Bill Frankenfield, Jeff Gates, Kim Jacobs, Claire Kukielka, Rev. Craig Landis, Tony Major, Bob McHugh, Sherri Miller, Ed Oechsle, Joe Riggs, Wayne Schaeffer, Dr. Gerry Sherwin, and Frank Whelan. If I have forgotten you please chalk it up to an aging mind rather than any intentional slight. Thanks to all those who attend our monthly meetings for without you all of this is meaningless. Thanks also to those who are unable to attend, but support the organization financially. THANK YOU ALL!!

Ed Root   sartilly@hotmail.com   610-417-6673

Gettysburg Preservation Day ~ April 21

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What a Glorious Day! The weather on April 21, 2018 was perfect for our annual conservation work day at Gettysburg National Military Park. The site was the Henry Spangler Farm west of the Emmitsburg Road where armies clashed so long ago.

Sixty-six volunteers (yes, 66!!!) gave time and effort on a beautiful Spring day as farm fences were torn down and rebuilt, picket fences painted along the dirt road winding past the farm house and hundreds of yards of brush trimmed along more fences.

Round Table stalwarts Barry Arnold, Paul Bartlett, Chuck Cannon, Tony Major, Bob McHugh, Ed Root, and Alan Tjeltveit represented our group as well as members Terri Monroe and Gary Weaver who also represented with others the Whitehall Historical Society.

Bob McHugh’s students from Saucon Valley High School were out in force as well as John Duffy’s (Jim’s brother) Boy Scouts from New Tripoli Troop 89. The attendance and enthusiasm of these students and scouts is what makes this event a wonderful success. Without them our impact and help to the Park would be a mere shadow of what we’ve accomplished these past five years since we’re reconstituted our work at Gettysburg. We trust that their work and interest will nourish the seeds already planted by the scout and school leaders.

Family members from Tony’s and Ed’s clans also made the annual trek to work and learn.

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Caitlin Brown, who is Gettysburg’s Volunteer Coordinator, and Jeremiah and George of the maintenance staff were wonderful and Caitlin presented an excellent program about the families who endured those terrible times and the troops who fought over their fields. 

Ed Courrier, a freelance photographer with the Bethlehem Press, heard about our event and was present to take some great group photos.

A special thanks to Bob McHugh who generously provided coolers with iced H2O to quench the thirst of our wonderful volunteers.

This today’s language the day was a win win for all! Join us next year!

From the Brigade Commander ~ May 2018

From the Brigade Commander

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     Most of us, since we live in the eastern portion of the country, have the most interest in the events and personalities that occurred in our “backyard.” So it’s fascinating and refreshing to have a program about what happened in the Western Theater. Dave Bastian shared his thoughts and research about what took place along the mighty Mississippi during the Late Unpleasantness. If you missed his program about Grant’s Canal you missed an excellent one!

      It’s difficult to fathom but our 40th Anniversary year is fast coming to a close. Barry Arnold and Kay Bagenstose continue to enhance our meetings with our special raffles. Please let them know how much you appreciate the hard work that goes into Barry’s photographs and Kay’s surprise raffle.

      I sincerely hope it’s safe to say that the threat of snow no longer looms as a menace, but that doesn’t mean that you should not frequently look at our website. We add news items and events all the time that should be an interest to all. Please, Please, Please frequently review our site at http://www.cwrteasternpa.org/ Paul Bartlett does a great job keeping things fresh.

     The Nomination Report for Officers and Directors for the 2018-19 Campaign is listed this newsletter. If you are interesting in serving our organization and would like to be considered for a position please see Joe Riggs. Nominations will be accepted from the floor prior to the vote at the May meeting.

     If you are one of the few recalcitrant souls who have not reenlisted in our happy band of history students you can avoid everlasting shame by seeing Jeff Gates and bringing your membership up to date. Your membership is important and much appreciated and you have no vote if you are not a member! Don’t make me send out the Provost Guard to track you down………

     Just a reminder…Our conservation work at Gettysburg has been scheduled for April 21. Always a great day. Thanks to all our volunteers!

     The time of the year for prime battlefield trekking is right around the corner. We have been fortunate that a number of folks have donated to the Round Table many maps that will make any such trip much more meaningful. At our May and June meetings we will have a special table full of such maps. Take as many as you wish. All we ask is for a donation of your choosing in return. Special thanks to Bill Frankenfield and Mike Snyder for giving us many of these maps.

     Our May 1 meeting with Carleton Young will once again remind everyone that one never knows what is hiding in the recesses of our attics, basements and garages. You will not want to miss his story about two young soldiers from Vermont. Please join us for dinner if your schedule permits. You will find the camaraderie and food well worth your time.

Ed Root   sartilly@hotmail.com   610-417-6673

Gettysburg Preservation Efforts (aka Brush Cutting) ~ Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Gettysburg Preservation Efforts
(aka Brush Cutting)
Saturday, April 21, 2018

THE FOLLOWING DISPATCH WAS SENT FROM THE COMMANDER
ON MONDAY APRIL 16th:

I want to make you all aware of some logistical changes with regard to our work site and vehicle parking.

The Spangler property consisting of the house, barn and outbuildings is along a trail used by horse tours. The area near the barn where I was planning on parking needs to be clear for horse groups to gather; consequently the parking will be limited to only those with limited mobility issues. They NPS folks want the rest of us to enter the farm either off of the Emmitsburg Road as a drop off or from West Confederate Ave.

Sooooo...
     #1 The front entrance off of the Emmitsburg Road will be marked with orange cones and can be used to drop people off by the house and for handicapped parking. It will be best if you can park in the National Cemetery Parking lot on the Taneytown Road and shuttle/carpool from there. The driver can then park on West Confederate Avenue. (remember that West Confederate is one way South so after drop off the driver will need to swing back through town to access West Confederate off of West Middle Street)
     # 2 Take West Middle Street through town and turn left when you reach West Confederate Ave. West Confederate Ave is one way south and the path to the Spangler Farm is about 500 yards south of the Virginia Memorial on the left side of the road. The path will be marked with orange cones. Parking is available along the right side of the road. (All four tires must be on road when parking) The distance to the work site from the road along the path is about 200 yards. This area is low and does get wet so it could be a muddy walk.

At the bottom if this post, Caitlin Brown, who is the NPS Volunteer Coordinator, has provided a google map of the site showing both the Emmitsburg and West Confederate access points. ll give you a better perspective of everything. I have also attached a larger map of the Gettysburg battlefield.

I don't feel this should cause any undue hardship, but if any of you feel this is a problem just let me know. We're all volunteers so no harm no foul if you can't make it for any reason.

The CWRT will provide cold H2O.  Caitlin will give a program after our work which should be around 12:30-1pm. Bring your lunch and eat while you work or have a late lunch after the program. Bring work gloves, trimmers etc if you have them. The NPS will provide all the painting equipment and trimmers but as we will have a large group anything you bring will help. Gas powered trimmers are permitted, chain saws are NOT. 

ORIGINAL DISPATCH:

Spring has sprung and that means we will once again be helping conserve and preserve the Gettysburg Battlefield. As you know our Round Table was one of the first organizations to volunteer for “Brush Cutting” at Gettysburg NMP. We’ve been doing this for well over 20 years. For most of that time we have been a “Fire Brigade” going wherever the need was the greatest.  Our success in recent years is due in great part to our expanded Civil War Round Table family. In addition to our regular members and their families Bob McHugh brings students from Saucon Valley HS, John Duffy (Jim’s brother) leads the Boy Scouts of Troop 89 and Pat Matthews brings a contingent from the Whitehall Historical Society.

    This year we will work at the Henry Spangler Farm (999 Emittsburg Rd) located on the right (west) side Emmitsburg Road as you head south from town. (the entrance is a dirt road and will be marked with an orange cone; if you get to the Peach Orchard you’ve gone too far!) The property is about 300 yards west of the road and consists of a house, smoke house and barn. Kemper’s Brigade of Pickett’s Division organized near here for the assault on July 3, 1863. As in previous years we have something for all ages and abilities. There will be brush cutting around fence lines, some fences will need rebuilding and for the artistic there is a picket fence that needs painting. We’ll also need drivers if none of the above fits your job description capabilities.

Logistics Guidelines:  If you wish to carpool meet at the Holiday Inn around 6:45. Claire Kukielka will be on hand to help coordinate. You need to leave no later than 7AM to arrive at the worksite by 9AM.

Weather, weather, weather. We all talk about it and can’t do a darn thing about it. Because of our numbers and multiple groups who participate it’s more than a daunting task to reschedule so unless the NPS cancels we’re on! It is imperative that I have your contact info in the event I need to relate any last minute developments.

There will be a bathroom on site. (porta potty)

We’ll work from about 9AM until 12:30 or so. Bring your lunch and eat on the job or wait until everything is done and go into town. As a reward for your service one of the NPS staff will relate the history of the property and fighting there when we complete our tasks.

Wear appropriate work clothes. Bug spray and poison ivy protection may make you more comfortable. The NPS will provide tools and paint equipment but you may bring your own gloves and trimmer if you wish.

Bottom line is that we are all volunteers so nobody will be docked if you arrive a minute late or leave a tad early. We have fun, learn about the site during the battle and help the Park. That is what’s known as a win win!

Ed Root – sartilly@hotmail.com

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From the Brigade Commander ~ April 2018

From the Brigade Commander

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    What stalwarts! Congratulations to everyone who dared to venture out and face the great unknown possible snow event. All who had reservations arrived as well as those who could not make the dinner but arrived in time for the program. We were indeed fortunate to have someone in Michael Gray who is an accomplished historian, but is so involved with the Lehigh Valley history scene. We hope to continue and grow our relationship with him and the Lehigh Valley Historical Society and Heritage Museum. His presentation about Civil War Prisons and how they were viewed will certainly linger with all who attended the gathering.      

    Barry Arnold and Kay Bagenstose continue to make our 40th Anniversary year meaningful and enjoyable. Please let them know how much you appreciate the hard work that goes into Barry’s photographs and Kay’s surprise raffle.

    We’ve been fortunate with the weather this Campaign and I hope you kept abreast of developments on our website for possible alerts. Paul Bartlett via the website and Claire Kukielka by way of an email blast did their part to keep everyone aware, All you have to do is pay attention! Check out our site at http://www.cwrteasternpa.org/ Paul does a great job keeping things fresh.

    Our Gettysburg Brush Cutting event on Saturday, April 21 is fast approaching. See Brigade News on Brush Cutting for details

    The Nomination Report for Officers and Directors for the 2018-19 Campaign is listed this newsletter. If you are interesting in serving our organization and would like to be considered for a position please see Joe Riggs. Nominations will be accepted from the floor prior to the vote at our May meeting.

    If you are one of the few recalcitrant souls who have not reenlisted in our happy band of history students you can avoid everlasting shame by seeing Jeff Gates and bringing your membership up to date. Your membership is important and much appreciated. Don’t make me send out the Provost Guard to track you down………

    Our April 3rd meeting with Dave Bastian presenting looks to be a fascinating look at U.S. Grant and his canal at Vicksburg! Please join us for dinner if your schedule allows. You will find the camaraderie and food well worth your time.

Ed Root   sartilly@hotmail.com   610-417-6673

Nominations for Officers and Directors for the 2018-2019 Campaign

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Civil War Round Table of Eastern Pennsylvania, Inc
Nominating Report presented by Joseph Riggs, Nominating Chair
Slate of Officers and Directors for the 2018-2019 Campaign

Election to be held at the May 1, 2018 Meeting
Nominations from the floor will be accepted at that time.

Brigade Commander; Edwin Root

Regimental Commander: Robert McHugh

Company Co-Commanders: Claire Kukielka and Barry Arnold

Adjutant: Kay Bagenstose

Paymaster: James Duffy

Board Members, Term Ending June 2020:
William Frankenfield
Frank Whelan

Continuing Service, Term Ending June 2019
Kim Jacobs
Ed Oechsle

From the Brigade Commander - March 2018

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From the Brigade Commander

     Once again at our February meeting we were reminded how fresh and fascinating research continues to bring forth “new” stories. Thanks to Jim Remsen for bringing the history of the black men and women who settled in Waverly, Pennsylvania. First as fugitives from slavery prior to the Civil War and later as defenders of the Union who fought in the blue uniform on many a bloody field this is a story largely unknown until now. Thanks Jim!! Once again we were very happy to see some of Bob McHugh’s excellent students from Saucon Valley High School attend our program.

     Barry Arnold has donated some wonderful framed photography over the last year or so. Some of his work now resides in Nitschmann Middle school in Bethlehem. Last month Barbara Kreidler was the happy winner of a view at Gettysburg near Smith’s NY Battery above Devil’s Den featuring one of the Park’s magnificent witness trees. Barry has graciously offered to bring a different image to each meeting. If you want to be in the running for one of these great items see Barry and Tony at the check-in table every meeting.

     Don’t forget to frequently check our website. There is always something informative and interesting. We endeavor to include in the Calendar section events being held by other organizations such as the Lehigh County Historical Society at the LV Heritage Museum. I encourage any of you to send an article you deem worthy of sharing to me for inclusion. Check out our site at http://www.cwrteasternpa.org/ Paul Bartlett does a great job keeping things fresh.

     Have you thanked Kay Bagenstose yet for her monthly 40th anniversary special raffle and treats? She’s put a tremendous amount of work AND expense into this effort. Let her know how much it is appreciated!

     As you know our Round Table was one of the first organizations to volunteer for “Brush Cutting” at Gettysburg NMP. We’ve been doing this for well over 20 years. For most of that time we have been a “Fire Brigade” going wherever the need was the greatest. 

     This year we will work at the Henry Spangler Farm located on the right (west) side Emmititsburg Road as you head south from town. (the entrance is a dirt road which will be marked; if you get to the Peach Orchard you’ve gone too far!) The property is about 300 yards west of the road and consists of a house, smoke house and barn. Kemper’s Brigade of Pickett’s Division organized near here for the assault on July 3, 1863. As in previous years we have something for all ages and abilities. There will be brush cutting around fence lines, some fences will need rebuilding and for the artistic there is a picket fence that needs painting. We’ll also need drivers if none of the above fits your job description capabilities.

     We’ll work from about 9AM until 12:30 or so. Bring your lunch and eat on the job or wait until everything is done and go into town. As a reward for your service one of the NPS staff will relate the  history of the property and fighting there when we complete our tasks.

     If you have not already done so please see the sign-up sheets at our meeting. We have a wonderful tradition of service at Gettysburg NMP. Be part of our continuing work to maintain and preserve this national treasure. Those wishing to car-pool should meet at the Holiday Inn parking lot and leave no later than 7AM.

     If you are one of the few recalcitrant souls who have not reenlisted in our happy band of history students you can avoid everlasting shame by seeing Jeff Gates and bringing your membership up to date. Your membership is important and much appreciated. 

     Please join us at the March 6th gathering when we welcome back Professor Gray from East Stroudsburg University when he will share his thoughts on "Civil War Captives and a Captivated Home Front: The Rise of Prisons as Dark Tourist Destinations." Mike is also the President of the Board of Trustees of the Lehigh County Historical Society.

Ed Root   sartilly@hotmail.com   610-417-6673

 

From the Brigade Commander February 2018

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From the Brigade Commander

     Kudos to all the brave souls who ventured out on a frigid night to attend our January gathering. You were certainly rewarded with Mike Jesberger’s presentation about the Home Front in the Civil War.  This is a subject all too often ignored or under discussed and is absolutely worthy of discussion about how circumstances on the Home Front impacted circumstances on the Military Front.

     Don’t forget to frequently check our website. There is always something informative and interesting. I encourage any of you  to send an article you deem worthy ofsharing to me for inclusion. Check out our site at http://www.cwrteasternpa.org/ Paul Bartlett does a great job keeping things fresh.

     Once again Signup sheets will be at our upcoming meeting for our Saturday, April 21st Brush Cutting adventure at Gettysburg’s Henry Spangler Farm. Please sign up so we can keep you updated as we approach our work date.

     I know if has been really really cold, but please warm my heart and make sure your membership form for this Campaign has reached Jeff Gates. We need the support of all and your membership is important and we do appreciate it.     

      We have continued to receive donations to our Annual Appeal. This support over and above your dues will help us to continue to provide the excellent programs and meetings you have come to expect and appreciate without raising dues or dinner fees. If you are of a mind, it is not too late to make an offering to the Cause! This support is greatly appreciated.

      Stay warm and dry and remember that by our upcoming meeting Spring will only be 6 weeks away!! See you on February 6 when we welcome Jim Remsen who will present “Embattled Freedom, Chronicle of a Fugitive-Slave Haven in the Wary North.”

Ed Root
sartilly@hotmail.com  
610-417-6673

From the Brigade Commander - January 2018

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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018 and our continuing study of American history! We always find something new and fascinating from our monthly speakers as well as from the never ending release of books that break unknown ground and discover treasurers.

A picture is worth a thousand words; certainly a truism for all those who attended our December gathering with Tim Smith. History does come alive when we view the scenes of that famous field at Gettysburg through the eyes of men like Gardner and Tipton. Thanks Tim for an excellent program.

We were pleased to see eight students from Bob McHugh’s Saucon Valley High School United States History Advanced Placement class at our December meeting. These are exceptional young people who also participate in our annual conservation project at Gettysburg. We salute the next generation of folks who study our nation’s history and help preserve her historic sites and collections!

Congratulations to Jeff Gates for winning our December 40th Anniversary prize (generously organized by Kay Bagenstose) and to Terri Monroe for coming away with our December Preservation raffle print which was donated by Barry Arnold. Keep buying those tickets for our June raffle folks. We all win when we donate to historic preservation. Shame on you is you have not stopped by to see Jeff Gates and reenlisted for this our 40th year. Your membership is important and we do appreciate your support.

Don’t forget to frequently check our website. There is always something informative and interesting. http://www.cwrteasternpa.org/ Paul Bartlett does a great job keeping things fresh.

Signup sheets will be at the January meeting for our Saturday, April 21st Brush Cutting adventure at Gettysburg’s Henry Spangler Farm.

A hearty “Thank You” to all those who responded to our Annual Appeal. Thus far we have received donations totaling nearly $500 from ten members. This support over and above your dues will help us to continue to provide the excellent programs and meetings you have come to expect and appreciate without raising dues or dinner fees. If you are of a mind, it is not too late to make an offering to the Cause!

See you on January 2 when we welcome in the New Year with Mike Jesberger who will speak about the Civil War Home Front, a little discussed, but very important facet of the “Late Unpleasantness.”

Ed Root sartilly@hotmail.com 610-417-6673