Roundtable News (4/8/2017)

The Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire will meet on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:15pm (doors open 6:45). 

We hope you'll enjoy the concept of a Roundtable and join us as a member. Our season runs from September through June each year and right now we remind our members that dues are due. The rate is $25/individual and $40/household. Remember dues help run our group and pay our bills.

George Weiser (the speaker’s great, great grandfather) was a Union soldier of the 10th NJ.  He was captured at Spotsylvania Court House in May, 1864 and sent to the Confederate prison camp at Andersonville Georgia. He survived the experience and wrote a short book/pamphlet about his experience there.  The speaker, Gardner Shaw, came into possession of one of the few copies of the book, and became curious about how closely George Weiser’s account of the experience compared with other accounts, and with subsequent historians’ accounts. 
This presentation presents verbatim passages from George Weiser’s book in the context of what is generally known about life and circumstances at Andersonville. In the process, it touches on some of the major issues and players involved, including how the prison came to be, how it was constructed, the overcrowding it experienced, the deaths of prisoners – mostly from illness and starvation, the infamous “dead line,” attempted escapes, the effect of, and worry over prisoner exchange and parole policy, and the role of such people as Captain Henry Wirz, Boston Corbet, and “Mosby’s Raiders.”
The presenter:          
Gardner Shaw is, among other things, a former high school history teacher, a former professor of Political Science, a former consultant to government and industrial organizations, and a former taxi driver.  He has worked in recent years (infrequently) helping organizations decide what their future should look like, what to do to get there, and how to know if it’s working.  He lives with his wife Barbara on the Pitch Pine Hill in Phippsburg. They are both active members of the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Civil War Round Table.

Those of you who were around our groups in the 2000s will recall two efforts to build a casino in close proximity to the Gettysburg National Military Park. Both efforts failed.

Here we go again! The same man, David LeVan, has visions of a horse race track/casino off Rte 15 in what reports say is 3 or 4 miles from the NPS property.
We aren't telling people not to gamble, but we don't think that a casino at Gettysburg is appropriate and urge everyone to sign the petition by organized by the group "No Casino Gettysburg." There are other six casino gambling locations in Pennsylvania and one is near Harrisburg, an easy drive from Gettysburg for those who wish to gamble.

This is the third time an attempt is in the works. 

How would veterans of WWII feel if a casino was erected on Normandy? or Iwo Jima? How would YOU feel about a casino at Ground Zero, New York?

How would the veterans of Gettysburg feel about a glitzy casino atmosphere and race track at Gettysburg?

Remember, not all of the battlefield is on park property. Troops were on the Daniel Lady Farm, the Black Horse Tavern, Hunterstown Road, and others places.



The 2017 schedule is nearly complete and I invite you to view the schedule for the remainder of the year. Great stuff!

William Hallett,
Feb 28, 2017, 6:56 PM