York CWRT January meeting – “A Five Star View of Gettysburg”
Dwight Eisenhower remains an American icon – a hero of World War II who was thrust into the limelight following his success at D-Day, an American president during the 1950s, a strong proponent of creating the U.S. interstate system, and a land owner in Gettysburg whose farm is visited by thousands of tourists each year, many of whom were not even born when he was in the public eye.
“Ike” spent time in Gettysburg during World War I as the commander of the Camp Colt military base, situated on the grounds of Pickett’s Charge. He came back after World War II in 1950 and bought a farm five years later in the rear of the 1863 Confederate lines.
Come to the January meeting of the York Civil War Round Table to hear Lt. Col. (ret.) Charles Teague, more popularly known as “Chaplain Chuck,” talk about Ike’s days in Gettysburg and his impact on the community and battlefield.
The meeting will be at 7:00 Wednesday, January 16, at the York County Heritage Trust at 250 East Market Street in York. Parking and admission are free. A hat will be passed to collect donations to defray the speaker’s expenses.
Mark your calendars, and plan to attend this fascinating PowerPoint presentation!
Chuck Teague is a seasonal ranger at the Gettysburg National Military Park, as well as the chaplain of the local police force. A former attorney and field officer in the U.S. Army, Chuck was the pastor of a church in Mechanicsburg for several years. He is a published writer, with articles in several leading Civil War magazines. I have known him for several years, ever since I moved to this area in 2001, and had met him in cyber world prior to that through various Internet Civil War message boards.
The York CWRT meets the third Wednesday of every month (except December), so plan accordingly. There are no dues or other fees, other than a free-will offering for the speaker. Watch this blog over the next few weeks for announcements of the specific speakers for February and March. This organization is a great way to learn more about the Civil War and fellowship with others here in York County who share a similar interest in this turbulent period that helped shape the modern world. Eisenhower was conscious of Gettysburg’s place in world history, and in his own way, he stamped his own image on the town and battlefield.
Come see the battlefield and community through the eyes of a five star general!