Dr. Fennell leading a past battlewalk at Gettysburg (submitted)
York CWRT on Sept. 19 to feature Dr. Charlie Fennell discussing the First US Sharpshooters at Gettysburg
PRESS RELEASE: On September 19, 2018, please join the York Civil War Round Table in welcoming the always entertaining Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. as he returns for his annual Battlefield Talk and Walk Program. Dr. Fennell’s presentation topic will be “A Reconnaissance to Remember: The First United States Sharpshooters at Gettysburg.”
The monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening in the auditorium of the York County History Center, 250 E. Market Street in downtown York, PA. Admission and parking are both free, and the meeting is open to the public. Please bring a friend.
Most students of the Battle of Gettysburg can tell you about the role played by the Second US Sharpshooters during the battle but few can relate the role played by the First US Sharpshooters. On July 2, 1863, elements of the 1st USSS conducted the most significant reconnaissance once the battle started. This program will highlight that reconnaissance, the sharpshooters, and their creator Hiram Berdan, one of America’s most famous marksmen before the Civil War.
Battlefield Tour at Gettysburg National Military Park
Charlie will also lead a special guided tour of the 1st US Sharpshooters on Sunday morning, September 23, 2018. Time – 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon. The cost is $10.00 payable at the walk. Please meet at the Peach Orchard.
This field program will involve some walking on unimproved surfaces. Total distance is about a half mile. Two stops are involved. The tour is open to the public and no pre-registration is necessary. Please dress accordingly to avoid unwanted hitchhikers, ticks. Prepare to be entertained; Charlie is an excellent presenter who liberally punctuates his talks with humor.
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 GNMP since 1986. He is one of the recognized experts on the Culp’s Hill portion of the Gettysburg Battlefield.