From the Brigade Commander - Ed Root

How history is remembered not only by those who lived through it, but by the generations that follow is a fascinating subject. Many thanks to Timothy Sedore and his wife Patricia for opening the window so we could view the many memorials and monuments in Virginia that help us remember the “Late Unpleasantness.” Special thanks is due to Bob McHugh, Bob Ashcraft & the Holiday Inn staff for getting us through the audio visual confusion prior to the meeting.


The Lehigh Valley Active Life Center has excellent programs throughout the year. Our Round Table is actively pursuing all ways possible to spread the word about our organization in order to enhance our membership. Partnering with LV Active Life seemed like a good way to do it. They have a wide variety of programs including numerous history offerings. Check out their website at for details. My January 11th program was well received even though the day started out with less than great weather. I’ll be speaking again on February 7 about Ben Butler in New Orleans. Join Ed Oechsle on February 17th when he’ll be speaking about Gettysburg Controversies and on March 3rd Dick Jacoby will share some of his original Civil War letters. Come out and support your fellow CWRT members.



Saturday, April 1, We have received a good response and the one day trip to visit the Battlefield at Falling Waters with George Franks is on!  Don’t miss this opportunity. Details to follow.

Saturday, April 22. Annual Conservation effort at the Eisenhower National Historic Site. We will be helping the NPS by painting new fences at the Eisenhower Farm. Alyce Evans, NPS Coordinator, will provide a program for all volunteers on the history of the family and the farm as well as a tour. We had a good response at the January meeting. Join us for a few hours of work and lots of fun and fellowship!

There will be Interest sheets at the February meeting with Jim Duffy and Kay Bagenstose for all those who wish to participate in these great events or email me at

Saturday, May 6. Our Americans At War Seminar. Join us for this event representing the different eras of U.S. military history.  This will be a event you’ll not want to miss.

Michael Harris

General John Sullivan and the Battle of Brandywine

Scott Hartwig

The Battle of Antietam

Col. Douglas Mastriano, Phd

Sergeant Alvin York -Legend or Hero?  Finding the truth with archeology and ballistic forensics analysis.

Dr. Greg Urwin

The Wake Island Defenders: "Victory in Defeat: War, Survival, Liberation, & Understanding."

Col. Ward Nickisch

Fallen, But Not Forgotten: The Search & Recovery of POWS/MIAS

Schedule details and cost will be available soon.


Stop by and see Jim Duffy and Kay Bagenstose on your way into the room on every meeting night. Check out Jim’s graph on the progress of this year’s preservation fund raising effort and make sure to purchase your raffle ticks for our big June Preservation Raffle.


See you on February 7th when Dr. Paul Kahan will enlighten us about that “Amiable Scoundrel Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War” Pennsylvania’s own Simon Cameron.