“Give me a division, suh, and I WILL take that hill.” – Isaac R. Trimble, CSA
Last night was the first York White Rose Civil War Round Table meeting at the York County Heritage Trust’s HQ and museum on East Market Street. The guest speaker, Dr. Charlie Fennell, Jr., an adjunct professor at Harrisburg Community College’s Gettysburg campus and a Licensed Battlefield Guide, presented a fascinating depiction of Trimble and Pettigrew’s July 3 attack in conjunction with Pickett’s Division. He skillfully interwove history with humor and witty saracasm, an effective blend that had the audience alternating between roaring in laughter and paying rapt attention to the details of the attack. All in all, it was a delightful evening and a very effective kick-off for the CWRT’s new home. Thanks to Lila for staying over on her own time and making the building available for the round table’s usage!!! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!
A sign-up sheet was available for attendees interested in accompanying Dr. Fennell on a guided battle walk at Gettysburg in the next couple of weeks (exact date and meeting place and time TBD). If you missed the CWRT meeting, but are interested in the tour, leave a comment on this blog with your e-mail address or phone number so that the CWRT can contact you with details once they are finalized. Or, if you prefer, send me a private e-mail that I will forward to the CWRT leadership.
Next month’s CWRT meeting will be at YCHT at 7 p.m. on November 14. Red Lion author Dennis Brandt will present a PowerPoint show on the 87th Pennsylvania, an infantry regiment with strong ties to York and Adams counties. The talk is based upon his interesting recent book, Home Guard to Hometown Heroes. ADMISSION IS FREE!! See you there?