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Modern view of The Picket. (Scott Mingus photo)

Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. Returns to York CWRT on September 18

Dr. Charlie Fennell poses by a monument on Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg National Military Park. A professor at Harrisburg Area Community College in Gettysburg, Dr. Fennell is one of the recognized experts on that portion of the Battle of Gettysburg. A long-time friend of the York Civil War Round Table, he will present a talk at the upcoming CWRT meeting on the June 30, 1863, fighting at Hanover and then will lead a battle walk / field study on the same topic a few days later.
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Press Release, York CWRT:

The York Civil War Round Table will feature the always entertaining Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. A long-time friend of the York CWRT, Dr. Fennell is returning for his annual Battlefield Talk and Walk Program which has been held for the past twelve years. Dr. Fennell’s presentation topic will be “Prelude to Gettysburg: The Battle of Hanover, June 30, 1863.”

The meeting will be held at 7 P.M. on Wednesday evening in the auditorium of the York County History Center located at 250 E. Market Street in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The presentation is free and open to the public! Parking is also free! Bring a friend!

The Picket, Hanover’s landmark monument to its Civil War battle, was once in the middle of the traffic circle (Author’s postcard collection)

Field Trip and Tour of Hanover, Pennsylvania on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 10 :00 to 12:00 Noon  –  Led by Licensed Battlefield Guide Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr.  Cost is $10.00 payable at walk. Meet in the parking lot of the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock Street, Hanover, PA.

The Battle of Hanover took place on June 30, 1863, in Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania, as part of the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War. It was one of the largest and most significant cavalry battles of the Civil War. Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s Confederate cavalry were headed north to connect with Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia where they collided with the newly formed cavalry division of Judson Kilpatrick in Hanover, PA.  Although the casualties were not great, the battle still had significance. It was the first engagement of two of the “Boy Generals” Elon Farnsworth and George A. Custer. The Battle forced Gen. Stuart to alter his route thus delaying his meeting with Lee at Gettysburg. This presentation will detail what took place in the Battle of Hanover and what was its true significance.

Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. is a native of western Pennsylvania. He became interested in the American Civil War at a very early age, and leveraged his love of American history into undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from Frostburg State College, Clarion State College and West Virginia University, respectively.

Dr. Fennell is currently on the staff at the Gettysburg campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College. He has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1986. He is also one of the recognized experts on the Culp’s Hill portion of the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Fennell is a frequent lecturer at various Civil War Round Tables, participates in National Park seminars and events for Friends of the Foundation at Gettysburg National Military Park. He is the author of numerous journal articles and a chapter in a collegiate-level military textbook. He has also published several articles on the American Civil War.