From the Brigade Commander ~ April 2019


From the Brigade Commander… 

     We dodged the worst of the weather by one day last month, but unfortunately the weather did cause Ted Alexander to have to miss our meeting.  Ted is a wonderful speaker and an excellent historian and preservationists, but unfortunately stuff happens. Those in attendance had to suffer through his fill in… me. The story of the 15th, 19th and 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiments at Gettysburg has great interest for me and I was pleased to share it with you.

     Bill Frankenfield was kind enough to donate 4 tickets to the combined museums at the Pry House at Antietam, The National Museum of CW Medicine in Frederick, MD & Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office in Washington, DC.  These will be raffled off in two different pairs at our April 2nd meeting. All proceeds benefit historic preservation. Bill continues to recover from surgery and appreciates all the cards and good wishes.

     We have partnered with the Southern Lehigh Public Library in the past supporting their Civil War programs. On Monday, April 15 at 7PM. Alisa Dupuy will present a first-person impression of Clara Barton. The program is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. We have partnered with the library previously to the advantage of both organizations. Claire has sent details separately or see the article below and the April newsletter.

     Our Gettysburg conservation work on April 27th is fast approaching and will be at the John Slyder Farm. There is something for everyone, painting, fencing, brush cutting or just standing around critiquing the work done by others. We’ll have fun, learn about that portion of the battlefield and help preserve and conserve our nation’s historic land! NPS Site Coordinator Caitlin Brown will speak to us about our work site and the battle. I will be emailing all those who signed up with logistics about parking etc early next month so please make sure I have your contact information.

     The Nomination Report for our next Campaign for Officers and Directors is as follows:

Brigade Commander – Open

Regimental Commander – Bob McHugh

Company Commander – Claire Kukielka & Barry Arnold

Paymaster – Jim Duffy

Adjutant – Kay Bagenstose

Directors, term ending June 2021 – Neil Coddington & Kim Jacobs

Directors, continuing, term ending June 2020 – Bill Frankenfield & Frank Whelan

The election of Officers & Directors will take place at the May 7th meeting. Nominations, if acceptable to the nominee, may also be made at that meeting.

     Please join us on April 2 as Peter Carmichael, will present concerning his new book on the Common Soldier. See you on the 2nd!

                             Ed Root   610-417-6673