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York CWRT Releases 2020 speaker schedule

Kathy Friel and Scott E. Rosenau of the York Civil War Round Table have worked diligently to assemble an outstanding group of speakers for the 2020 campaign. The diverse mix includes nationally-known speakers and authors, a former college president, several noted Gettysburg licensed battlefield guides, professional historians, and a medical doctor. Their topics range from railroads to prison camps to medicine to Honest Abe, with plenty more interesting subjects sprinkled in for good measure.

As always, the talks are free and the public is welcome. The York Civil War Round Table meets the third Wednesday of each month except December at 7:00 p.m. We are fortunate to have the use of the meeting room of the York County History Center’s museum at 250 E. Market Street, York, PA. This partnership between the York CWRT and YCHC continues to assist both organizations in their goal of generating additional interest in history, both locally and nationally.

Here is the 2020 schedule:


York Civil War Round Table

23rd Campaign Year


January 15, 2020 – Scott L. Mingus, Sr. – “Targeted Tracks: The Cumberland Valley Railroad in the Civil War, 1861-1865”

February 19, 2020 – Scott E. Rosenau – “Lincoln’s Road to Emancipation”

March 18, 2020 – Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried & Linda Gottfried – “Hell Comes to Southern Maryland: The Story of the Point Lookout Civil War Camp”

April 15, 2020 – Bob Bowser – “A Good Natured Drudge: The Untold Story of Edmund “Ned” Spangler”

May 20, 2020 – Carleton Young – “Voices from the Attic : The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War”

June 17, 2020 – James McClure – “The Civil War’s Impact on Civilian Life in York County”

July 15, 2020 – Cory M. Pfarr – “Longstreet at Gettysburg: The Allure and Endurance of the ‘Lee Intended’ Arguments”

August 19, 2020 – Steve French – “Belle Boyd: Myth & Reality”

September 16, 2020 – Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – “The Work Was Hellish: The Fight for Culp’s Hill on July 3rd

September 20, 2020 – Battlefield Walk and Field Study at GNMP – Led by Licensed Battlefield Guide Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. – Sunday – from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon

October 21, 2020 – Dr. Rick Schroeder & Fran Feyock, CRNA – “As the fighting ebbs, a new battle erupts: Civil War Surgery & Anesthesia”

November 18, 2020 – Joseph Mieczkowski – “Lincoln and his Cabinet”

December – No Meeting! Happy Holidays!


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