The York Civil War Round Table has released its 2018 schedule of speakers for the 21st campaign, which runs from January to November. The presenters will be offering a diverse group of topics this year, ranging from talks on President Abraham Lincoln to the love letters between an officer and his lady friend in the Western Theater. There are also talks specific to south-central Pennsylvania, including ones on the abolitionist movement, York’s controversial chief burgess during the war years, the local Hanover Branch Railroad, and, of course, the battle of Gettysburg. Dr. Charlie Fennell will return with his popular annual battlefield walk.
All meetings are free and open to the public. They are held the third Wednesday evening of each month, except December, at 7:00 p.m. in the presentation hall of the York County History Center’s museum at 250 E. Market Street, York, Pennsylvania. There is plenty of free street parking in front of and near the museum. There are no dues or membership fees, and everyone is welcome to attend. Bring a friend (or two or three!).
Kathy Friel did her usual yeoman work in contacting prospective speakers, screening many incoming requests to appear in York, and coming up with an outstanding, diverse slate of programs. Kudos!
Here is the schedule, including yours truly in October.
January 17, 2018 – Gene Barr – “A Civil War Captain and His Lady: Love, Courtship and Combat from Fort Donelson through the Vicksburg Campaign”
February 21, 2018 – Cooper H. Wingert – “Abolitionists in South Central Pennsylvania”
March 21, 2018 – Joseph Mieczkowski – “The 1863 New York City Draft Riots”
April 18, 2018 – Michael S. Jesberger – “The H. L. Hunley: Confederate Submarine” – Rescheduled from March 2017
May 16, 2018 – Eric J. Wittenberg – “The Battle of Trevilian Station”
June 20, 2018 – James McClure – “Who was Chief Burgess David Small, at York’s helm when the Confederates came to town in 1863? “
July 18, 2018 – Dr. Jennifer M. Murray – “On A Great Battlefield: The History of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1863 – 2016”
August 15, 2018 – Ray Kinard – “Hanover Branch Railroad: Gateway to Gettysburg”
September 19, 2018 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – “The 1st U S Sharp Shooters: The Most Significant Union Reconnaissance at Gettysburg”
September 23, 2018 – Battlefield Walk at GNMP with Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – 10 AM to 12 Noon
October 17, 2018 – Scott L. Mingus, Sr. – “ The Second Day at Gettysburg: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863”
November 14, 2018 – Scott E. Rosenau – “Lincoln and the Founders: Completing the Unfinished Work” – Date change due to Thanksgiving
December – No Meeting! Happy Holidays!