On June 21, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table in its 20th Anniversary Year, welcoming Civil War historian and author, D. Scott Hartwig, to our meeting for his presentation “”Gettysburg: Sorting Fiction From Fact.” The monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, Library and Archives, 250 E. Market Street in York, Pennsylvania. Admission and parking are both free, and the meeting is open to the public.
No battle of the American Civil War is as fraught with controversy and myth as Gettysburg. The Confederates marched to Gettysburg searching for shoes, Reynolds was picked off by a sharpshooter at long range, the Barlow-Gordon incident, Longstreet was supposed to attack at dawn on July 2, Meade wanted to retreat after the fighting on the 2nd, Meade did not pursue the Confederates after the battle, and the list goes on seemingly without end. In this program Scott Hartwig, the former supervisory historian at Gettysburg National Military Park who worked at the battlefield for 34 years, will examine some of these long standing stories and myths to separate fact from fiction and probe how they originated in the first place and what purpose they served.
Scott Hartwig retired in 2014 as the supervisory park historian at Gettysburg National Military Park after a 34-year career in the National Park Service. He won the regional Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation in 1993, and was fundamental in the growth of Gettysburg’s on-site interpretation and living history programming, distance and satellite education efforts, and a key player for the design of all aspects of the new Gettysburg museum/visitor center. He was co-writer for the Telly Award winning park educational broadcasts in 2000 & 2001,” Gettysburg: The Soldiers’ Battle” & “Gettysburg: The Face of Battle.” Additionally, he has authored numerous articles, essays and books on Civil War subjects, and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel and Pennsylvania Cable Network. He is the author of “To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign from September 3 to September 16,” published in September 2012 by John Hopkins University Press, and is currently working on the second volume, tentatively titled, “I Dread The Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam,” which covers the battle and end of the Maryland Campaign.