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Dr. Charlie Fennell Returns to York CWRT on September 21


The York Civil War Round Table will feature the always entertaining Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Dr. Fennell is returning for his annual Battlefield Talk and Walk Program which has been held since 2005. Dr. Fennell’s presentation topic will be “The Bloodiest Fight of the Bloodiest Battle of the Bloodiest War in American History: Pettigrew’s Brigade Breaks the First Corps on McPherson’s Ridge.”

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the York County History Center at 250 E. Market Street in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The presentation is free and open to the public!

The class on Wednesday, September 21st, and the tour on Sunday, September 25th, feature information about the significant action taken by General J.J. Pettigrew on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Pettigrew’s brigade was the largest brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg but was also the most inexperienced. Composed of four regiments from North Carolina, this brigade on the afternoon of July 1, defeated elements of two divisions of the First Corps of the Army of the Potomac in what would be the most costly action of the Battle of Gettysburg. The presentation will detail this epic fight and the tour of the battlefield will follow the path taken by Pettigrew’s men as they shattered perhaps the best unit of the Union army at Gettysburg, the famous Iron Brigade.

The tour of the battlefield will be led by Dr. Fennell on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. and will be approximately 2 hours. We will meet at the West end Guide Station. There will be walking but it is mostly on golf cart paths. The cost is only $10.00 due on the day of the walk. The tour is open to the public and no pre-registration is necessary.

Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. graduated with a Ph.D. in History from West Virginia University in 1992. He is currently a Licensed Battlefield Guide of 31 years at Gettysburg National Military Park and is also an Adjunct Professor at Harrisburg Area Community College Gettysburg Campus, a position he has had for 26 years. Charlie, as he prefers to be called, is a frequent speaker at Civil War Round Tables and seminars. He has also published several articles on the American Civil War and was a talking head on the Civil War series on the History Channel.