White Rose CWRT update

“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?

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3 Responses to White Rose CWRT update

  1. Richard A. Geidel says:

    When is the next meeting?

  2. John Schmutz says:

    Dear Members:
    I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce your organization to my new book, entitled The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History. The Battle of the Crater is one of the lesser known and understood, but most intriguing battles of the Civil War. It is set amongst the brutal and unendurable trench warfare at Petersburg , Virginia , which served as a remarkable foreshadowing of the situation faced by the adversaries in France fifty years later. The battle itself, and the machinations leading up to it, present a plot worthy of the most creative piece of fiction – so much so that one might find it incredulous if it was not all proven fact. The plot has all the elements necessary for the weaving of a great novel – political correctness run amuck, the commander of the critical lead element drunk and hiding in a bomb shelter as his troops pass into harm’s way, a titanic clash of egos and petty jealousy at the high command, and an unusually colorful cast of characters. Add to this mix the employment of unique military tactics and movements, war atrocities, the destruction of the military career of one of the war’s most famous generals, the blundering of an officer considered the war’s worst general, and then throw in a Congressional investigation, and one has the makings of remarkable novel, though perhaps one that strains credulity. However, these elements are all documented facts. The battle itself grew in familiarity recently with the release of the movie Cold Mountain , which opened with an eleven minute, spell-binding segment on the battle.
    This new book delves into the military and political background of the battle by tracing the rival armies from the early months of 1864, through their bitter conflicts of the Overland Campaign, and ending with the crossing of the James River and the onset of the siege of Petersburg . A hard look at the way the war was perceived by both sides after over three years of blood letting is carefully laid out in order for one to appreciate the relative impact the battle had on the body politic of both sides. Thus, while this work is lengthy for an analysis of a battle which lasted less than ten hours, there is a considerable investment of time in placing the battle in its proper perspective in history. No work to date has so treated this important, intriguing conflict which has received far less than its due in serious academic analysis.
    Given the vital role that troops from you state played in this unique battle, I felt that the book would have added significance to your members. I believe you will find the book very interesting.
    Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions.
    John F. Schmutz

  3. John Atkins says:

    The Mason-Dixon Civil War Round Table’s semi-annual Civil War Symposium is scheduled for April 9, 2011. The Symposium will be held at the Erickson Alumni Center located on the West Virginia University Evansdale Campus. The Symposium registration is $30.00 for members and students; non-member registration is $50.00. To register for the Symposium, please send a check to:
    Dr. George Trapp
    1377 Braewick Drive
    Morgantown, WV 26505
    Please include your mailing address as well as your email address with your registration.
    Our web address is: http://www.wvmasondixoncwrt.org
    The Symposium agenda is:
    Mason-Dixon Civil War Round Table
    Civil War Symposium
    April 9, 2011
    8:30-9:00 Registration
    9:00-9:15 Welcome
    9:15-10:00 Union and Secession Meetings in Western Virginia – Hunter Lesser
    1000-10:30 Break (Opportunity to visit exhibits)
    10:30-11:15 The Wheeling Convention 1861 – Dr. David T. Javersak Professor emeritus West Liberty University
    11:15-12:00 The War Came by Train– Daniel C. Toomey Guest Curator for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
    12:00-1:00 Lunch (Provided) (Opportunity to visit exhibits)
    1:00-1:45 The First Virginia (Federal) Infantry – Richard A. Wolfe
    1:45-2:00 Break (Opportunity to visit exhibits
    2:00-3:00 West Virginians at First Manassas – Dr. Mark Snell Director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University

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