The York Civil War Round Table is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote, interpret, preserve, and protect the Civil War heritage of York County, Pennsylvania, through the education and exchange of information with its members and the general public. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the American Civil War.

Founded as the White Rose Civil War Round Table, the York CWRT holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of every month except December at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust’s Historical Society Museum at 250 E. Market Street (the historic Lincoln Highway) in York, Pennsylvania. Each meeting features a guest speaker talking about a Civil War topic of local or national interest. There is no admission or membership requirements to attend any of these meetings.

Other scheduled events include an annual clean-up day at Gettysburg National Military Park as part of the “Adopt-a-Position” program. Members and guests tidy up the area around the 102nd Pennsylvania / 62nd New York on the John Weikert / Althoff Farm Lane. A free battlewalk with local experts is usually included to round out the day. Other regularly scheduled battlewalks by Dr. Charlie Fennell occur in the autumn.

For more information, contact the York Civil War Round Table.

Here is the current schedule; as mentioned the public is welcome!

York Civil War Round Table – 2015 Schedule of Events

January 21, 2015 – Randy DraisGeneral George Pickett’s Official Report of the Battle of Gettysburg

February 18, 2015 – Chaplain Ron BuppFrom Round Ball to Minnie Ball

March 18, 2015 – Dr. Chuck TeagueThe Final Fourteen Days of Father Abraham

April 15, 2015 – Mike Reetz – as Brigadier General Horace Porter – The Revolutionary War Echoed Through the Life of Horace Porter

May 20, 2015 – Michael Sipes – as Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early, C.S.A. – The Army of Northern Virginia’s 1863 Campaign North into Pennsylvania: Viewpoints on the Movements of the Second Corps

June 17, 2015 – Scott L. Mingus, Sr.The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War 1861-1865

July 15, 2015 – Eric W. BucklandMosby’s Rangers

August 19, 2015 – Dr. Philip J. AvilloReconstruction After the Civil War, 1865-1877: A Struggle for Freedom

September 16, 2015 – Matt AtkinsonRobert E. Lee Comes Home from War – 1865 to 1870

October 21, 2015 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr.Pennsylvania Reserves Saves Little Round Top: Into the Valley of Death

October 25, 2015 NOTE DATE CHANGE!!!! – Battlefield Walk at GNMP with Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – 10 to 12 Noon – Tour

November 18, 2015 – Brian J. BlakeGeneral Francis Barlow: The life of an American citizen-soldier

Past Speakers and Events – 2014

(click on the blue titles for program descriptions)

January 15, 2014 – Eric LindbladeThe Battle was Grand, Sublime, and Awful: The 26th North Carolina and the Battle of Gettysburg

February 19, 2014 – Michael A. RileyMajor General John F. Reynolds

March 19, 2014 – Gary L. CasteelMonumentation and the National Civil War Memorial

April 16, 2014 – Mike Plunkett Paddy Has Gone For A Soldier: Songs and Stories of the Soldiers of the Irish Brigade

May 21, 2014 – Gail StephensJubal’s in the Valley: The Battle of Monocacy 150th Anniversary

June 18, 2014 – Scott L. Mingus, Sr.The Underground Railroad in York County

July 16, 2014 – George F. Franks, IIIBattle of Falling Waters 1863: Custer, Pettigrew and the End of the Gettysburg Campaign

August 20, 2014 – Brian J. BlakeGeorge Pickett: Southern Patriot or War Criminal

September 17, 2014 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr.The Battle of Antietam 152nd Anniversary

September 20, 2014 – Battlefield Walk at GNMP with Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – 12 to 2 p.m. – Tour

October 15, 2014 – Ronald L. HershnerLetters From Home: York County, Pennsylvania during the Civil War

November 19, 2014 – Daniel RoeLewis Miller and the Civil War

December – No Meeting! Happy Holidays!

Past speakers and events – 2013

January 16, 2013 – Cooper H. WingertThe Confederate Approach to Harrisburg

February 20, 2013 – James E. SchmickCivil War Harrisburg

March 20, 2013 – Richard KohrGettysburg at Arlington

April 17, 2013 – Dr. Charles TeagueFrom Calamity to Crisis: Oliver O. Howard, Out of Chancellorsville and into Gettysburg

May 15, 2013 – Randy DraisExploring the Battle of Gettysburg

June 26, 2013 – Scott Mingus and Jim McClureMore Civil War Voices from York County

July 17, 2013 – Lila Fourhman-ShaullCivil War Stories from Prospect Hill Cemetery

August 17, 2013 – Battlefield Walk at GNMP with Chris Army – 9 a.m. to noon, the Harman Farm. Meet at West End Guide Station on US 30

August 21, 2013 – Jerry W. HolsworthStonewall Jackson and Winchester, Va.

September 18, 2013 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. Clash of Sabers at East Cavalry Field

September 21, 2013 – Battlefield Walk at GNMP with Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – 12 to 2 p.m.

October 16, 2013 – Ed LeFevreMaj. Gen. William “Extra Billy” Smith

November 20, 2013 – James HayneyThe Gettysburg Address: Facts and Myths

December – No Meeting! Happy Holidays!

Past speakers and events – 2012

January 18, 2012 – Suzanne DoucetteSouthern Lady, Union Spy: Elizabeth Van Lew

February 15, 2012 – Debra McCauslinEchoes from the Past: African-American Voices at Gettysburg

March 21, 2012 – Dick SimpsonThe Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas: March 7-8, 1862

April 18, 2012 – Dr. Lawrence E. Keener-FarleyFloating Iron: The New Navies of the Civil War

May 16, 2012 – Edward H. Bonekemper, IIILincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War

June 20, 2012 – Jason Amico – Battlefield Photography: How the Images Changed the War

July 18, 2012 – Stephen ReckerAntietam Through Old Photographs

August 15, 2012 – Jeffry D. WertA Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee’s Triumph, 1862-1863

September 19, 2012 – Scott MingusJ.E.B. Stuart’s Ride Through York County

October 17, 2012 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr.In the Eye of the Storm: The Philadelphia Brigade at Gettysburg

October 20, 2012 – Battlefield Walk at GNMP with Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – Time TBA

November 14, 2012 – Dr. Mark A. SnellGeneral William B. Franklin and the Battle of Fredericksburg

December – No Meeting! Happy Holidays!

Past speakers and events – 2011

January 19, 2011 – Lila Fourhman-Shaull Guided Tour of YCHT Civil War Collection

February 16, 2011 – George F. NaglePursuing a Course Unwise, Fanatical, and Disorganizing: Harrisburg’s Anti-Slavery Activists

March 16, 2011 – John T. KreppsA Strong and Sudden Onslaught: The Cavalry Action at Hanover, Pennsylvania

April 20, 2011 – Dr. Lawrence E. Keener-FarleyThe Gathering Storm: The Coming of the Civil War

May 18, 2011 – Joseph StahlIdentification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War at Gettysburg

June 15, 2011 – James McClure and Scott L. Mingus, Sr.Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.: Remembering the Rebellion and the Gettysburg Campaign

July 20, 2011 – Wayne E. Motts…For The Last Time On Earth: The Life and Death of First Sergeant Aaron T. Mc Naghten

August 17, 2011 – Jean HershnerThe Cartridge Box: The Inside-Out Newspaper of the U.S. Army Hospital at York, PA

September 21, 2011 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr.Assault on Little Round Top: A Southern Perspective on Lost Opportunity

September 24, 2011 – Battlefield Walk at GNMP with Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – 1 p.m.

October 19, 2011 – James A. Morgan, IIIA Little Short of Boats: The Fights at Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry, October 21-23, 1861

November 16, 2011 – Dr. Charles TeagueMr. Lincoln Goes to War

December – No Meeting! Happy Holidays!

Past speakers and events – 2010

January 20, 2010 – Bruce LiddicGeorge Armstrong Custer: From Ohio to Pennsylvania, Boyhood to Generalship

February 17, 2010 – Cal DoucetteA Conversation With Horace Greeley

March 17, 2010 – Dick SimpsonMissouri 1861 and the Battle of Wilson’s Creek

April 21, 2010 – Scott L. Mingus, Sr. – The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign

May 19, 2010 – Matt AtkinsonStorming Through Mississippi: The Campaign and Seizure of Vicksburg

June 16, 2010 – Jim McClureYork County ‘s View of the Civil War: Then and Now

July 21, 2010 – John ReamCivil War Hospital Stewart John Weakley of the 87th PA

August 18, 2010 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – Fighting or Flying Dutchmen: The 11th Corps from Barlow’s Knoll to Cemetery Hill

September 15, 2010 – Tyrone CornbowerSheepskin Fiddlers and Straw Blowers: Field Music in the Civil War

September 18, 2010 – Battlefield Walk at GNMP with Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr.

October 20, 2010 – Jay JorgensenEdward Porter Alexander : Confederate Cannoneer at Gettysburg

November 17, 2010 – TBA

No meeting in December!

Past speakers and events – 2009

January 21, 2009 – Dr. Chuck TeagueThe Shadow of Napoleon on Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg

February 18, 2009 – Jim LewinLines of Contention: Political Cartoons of the Civil War

March 19, 2009 – Scott L. Mingus, Sr.Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Gordon Expedition, June 1863

April 15, 2009 – Joe MieczkowskiSenator Simon Cameron: Civil War Secretary of War

May 2, 2009 – Monument Clean-Up Day Adopt-a-Position at Gettysburg

May 20, 2009 – Ivan E. Frantz, Jr.The Pennsylvania Railroad in the Civil War

June 17, 2009 – Scott D. ButcherYork : Prize of the Confederacy

July 15, 2009 – Craig CabaAspects of the J. Howard Wert Gettysburg Collection

August 19, 2009 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr.Confederate Disaster on Oak Ridge

September 16, 2009 – Bill WoodworthThe Piper Farm Attack at Antietam

September 19, 2009 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. Battlefield walk at GNMP

October 21, 2009 – Jim HesslerSickles at Gettysburg

November 18, 2009 – Timothy H. SmithAbraham Lincoln – 25 Hours at Gettysburg

One Response to York CWRT

  1. Dear York Civil War Round Table:

    I would like to offer myself as a candidate for speaker at your Round Table. My new book, “A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah,” will be published by the Naval Institute Press on December 15, 2015.

    Please see the website (aconfederatebiography.com) for complete information . Also see the Presentations page for talks previously given.

    I would be most pleased to present the story of the Shenandoah or a related topic of interest whenever convenient for your schedule. The publisher will provide a gratis copy of the book to your organization.

    Please contact me using the form on the website or at shipdriver@verizon.net.

    I believe your membership will find the subject fascinating. As stated in the introduction:

    “The objective of this book is to provide an entertaining and educational story not only for naval and maritime history enthusiasts, but also for anyone who would enjoy a fresh perspective on the Civil War, even if they have never looked at it from across the water.”

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Dwight S. Hughes

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