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Welcome to the Lancaster Civil War Round Table website! We get together on the second Thursday of every month (excluding December) at 7:00 pm. We meet at the Lititz Public Library in Lititz. ( www.lititzlibrary.org )

Whether you have an intense interest in the Civil War or you had a relative who fought in the war or maybe you just like listening to interesting speakers talk about all different aspects of life during that time, you should come join us and learn!

Our past speakers include authors, Park Rangers, reenactors, historians and more!  We have a great time together and even take a couple of field trips to Civil War sites every year!

Membership is free! We do "pass the hat" at the meetings in order to assist our amazing speakers with expenses when coming to lecture our group, but keep in mind that donations are "much appreciated but not at all required".

 We meet at the Lititz Public Library at

651 Kissel Hill Road in Lititz, PA

2010 Calendar


January  14th

LBG, Charlie Fennell

The Three Winchesters

Winchester, Virginia, was probably the most fought-over city in America during the American Civil War.  It changed hands 72 times and was the focal point of three major battles.  The struggle for control of Winchester elevated two men to greatness - Stonewall Jackson and Phil Sheridan.  Learn why this small town nestled in the Shenandoah Valley was so very important!


 Dr. Charles Fennell earned his BS from Frostburg State College, MA from Clarion University, and a Ph.D. from WVU.  Charlie has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1986 and has published numerous articles in Civil War journals, Gettysburg National Military Park publications and publications of the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg.  He has also appeared on the History Channel’s  “Civil War Journal”.


February 11th

Author, Scott Mingus

The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign

Civil War author Scott L. Mingus, Sr. will present a PowerPoint presentation based upon his new book The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863. The Tigers were one of the most colorful (and feared) units in the Confederate Army. Mingus will discuss contemporary civilian and  military accounts detailing their march into Pennsylvania, their first trip to Gettysburg on June 26, 1863, their subsequent two-day occupation of York—the largest northern town to fall to the Confederate army—and their march back to Gettysburg to fight in the massive battle there.  Mingus will discuss the Tigers' famed assault on Cemetery Hill, one of the pivotal moments of the battle.   

March 11th

Author, CW Whitehair

Escape Across the Potomac

On the evening of September 14, 1862, Harpers Ferry and its 14,000 Federal soldiers were completely surrounded by 23,000 Confederate soldiers under the command of Lieutenant-General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Among the Federal garrison were 1,594 cavalrymen. Follow the events leading up to, and their daring Escape Across The Potomac and the capture of General James Longstreet’s wagon train.           

Escape Across the Potomac is a historical work taken from 25 various diaries, letters, and newspaper articles. Included in this project are reports from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, newspaper articles covering the escape, additional memoirs, and period photographs of participants and locations.

April 8th

LBG, Terry Latschar

“They Are Coming!" 

The Confederates Invade York—June 1863

Hear eye witness accounts of the horrors of the Civil War as Terry Latschar brings to life the frightening experiences of Cassandra Small - a civilian caught up in the northern invasion. Terry is a former Park Ranger; presently a Licensed Battlefield Guide. She has conducted seminar programs, military staff rides, appeared on Pennsylvania Cable Network, and served as an instructor for history teachers at the Governor's Institute.

May 13th

LBG, Jim Hessler

Sickles at Gettysburg

Sickles at Gettysburg:
The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of Gettysburg is the most deeply-researched, full-length biography to appear on this remarkable American icon. And it is long overdue.

James A. Hessler works in the financial services industry and is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park. He has taught Sickles and Gettysburg-related courses for Harrisburg Area Community College and the Gettysburg Foundation. In addition to writing articles for publication, Hessler speaks regularly at Civil War Round Tables.


June 10th

Author, JD  Petruzzi

The Complete Gettysburg Guide

Blending some of the best maps and color graphics ever seen in a Gettysburg battlefield guidebook with crisp, concise and enjoyable text, Steve Stanley and J. David Petruzzi have generated what will surely come to be regarded as the ultimate Gettysburg overview and guide.  The focal point of The Complete Gettysburg Guide is a series of automobile tours not only of the battlefield proper, but perhaps more importantly, the authors break new ground by including sites in the town of Gettysburg itself, as well as nearby field hospitals of the various corps of the two warring armies.


July 8th

LBG, Roy Frampton

Battlefield Curiosities Part 2

Back by popular demand!  Roy will continue his presentation of interesting but little known facts about the Gettysburg Battlefield.  You now know that there are crude rock carvings left behind and why.  You now know about the dinosaurs foot prints on one of the stone You know about the witness trees...What other curiosities will Roy tell us about? You must be  present to find out!!!



August 12th

Author, Doug Gibboney

Yankees and Rebels After the War

Yankees and Rebels After the War examines what happened to soldiers of the Blue and Gray when the fighting ended.  Though some would live for more than a half century, many men had difficulty adapting to civilian life, particularly the defeated Southerners who came home to a ruined homeland.  Gibboney's talk is filled with human interest stories of the various fates that awaited those who survived the war.   

Douglas Lee Gibboney is the author of Stonewall Jackson at Gettysburg and Tragic Glory: A Concise, Illustrated History of the Civil War. He also edited Littleton Washington's Journal: Life in Antebellum Washington, Vigilante San Francisco and Confederate Richmond. Gibboney's writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Civil War Times Illustrated. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the PA State University and has taught as an adjunct professor at Shippensburg University. He and his wife live near Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, in a stone farmhouse that was raided by Confederate cavalry during the Gettysburg campaign.


September 16th

Living Historian, John E. Deppen

General Winfield Hancock

John E. Deppen brings history to life through  his first-person dramatic program of Major General Winfield Hancock, a Union army officer from Pennsylvania. John researched and wrote his   program about Hancock’s role in the Battle of   Gettysburg in July 1863. In addition to performing this program, John appears at parades, ceremonies and Civil War encampments.  John writes  columns and features for his local newspaper as well as writing book reviews for The Civil War News.

October 14th  

LBG, Sue Boardman

The History of the Cyclorama Painting

The Gettysburg Cyclorama has been the subject of a five-year conservation effort that has returned the painting, as closely as possible, to its original appearance.  Today’s visitors can see the work as it was envisioned and created by Paul Philippoteaux.  Licensed Battlefield Guide, Sue Boardman will talk about the evolution and the history of the Gettysburg Cyclorama, covering not only the originals but also the “buckeyes” (knockoffs).

November 11th

Ranger, Troy Harman

Thinking Bigger: Gettysburg in Space & Time

This lecture breaks through restrictive paradigms to observe the Battle of Gettysburg in its actual scope, size and overall context.  Existing  Gettysburg lexicons, ideologies and legends  obscure our view of the obvious as so often happens with history. This presentation will strip away those blinders and explain the battle in its logical connectedness.

Troy D. Harman has been a National Park Service Ranger since 1984. His assignments have included historical interpretation at Appomattox Court House N.H.P., Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania N.M.P., and, since 1989, at Gettysburg N.M.P.


Field trips for 2010! (so far!)
May 15, 2010
The Making of the Movie Gettysburg with
Historian and Actor, Patrick Falci as our guide
Lancaster Civil War Round Table meets at the Lititz Public Library.  These programs are free and open to the public. 

Registration is suggested but not required.  Pre-register by emailing your name, phone number and the number attending to Sallie at  srihn@lititzlibrary.org or call the library at 717-626-2255. If you have questions about the program, call Micky Kraft at 717-392-4976 or email lancastercivilwarroundtable@gmail.com.

Come on out and enjoy an evening with us!

Micky Kraft - Program Coordinator  


P.O. Box 7474

Lancaster, PA 17604

Phone: 717-392-4976 or email.giflancastercivilwarroundtable@gmail.com


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