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York CWRT to feature Dr. Charlie Fennell discussing Gen. Farnsworth’s Fatal Charge on Sept. 20

Dr. Charles Fennell, Licensed Battlefield Guide (Submitted)

Press Release from the York Civil War Round Table:

On September 20, 2017, please join the York Civil War Round Table, in its 20th Anniversary Year, 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 the “Final Confederate Victory at Gettysburg: Farnsworth’s Ill-Fated Charge on July 3rd.”

The monthly meeting will be held 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.

Battlefield Tour at Gettysburg National Military Park on Sunday, September 24, 2017 of South Cavalry Field including Devil’s Kitchen.

Time – 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon.  Cost is $10.00 payable at walk. Meet at the Alabama State monument on South Confederate Avenue.

When people think of July third at Gettysburg most remember only Pickett’s Charge, however there was a lot more to the days fighting than that. One of the last major unit actions of the Battle of Gettysburg that day resulted in a convincing Confederate victory. At about 5:30 Judson Kilpatrick ordered Elon Farnsworth to advance with his brigade and assault the Right flank of the Confederate Army. This attack was a dismal failure and resulted in the death of Farnsworth. Here we will attempt to explain why the charge was ordered in the first place and what if anything the charge accomplished.

The walk will begin at the Alabama State monument on South Confederate Avenue. We will then proceed to the Bushman lane and follow it for some distance. The walk will be off road and in the woods. We will then proceed to the Wells memorial and finally if time permits to the Devil’s Kitchen at the Big Round Top parking lot. The walk will be moderate about a mile total, but some of it will be off road.

Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. is a native of western Pennsylvania. He became interested in the 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.

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.

Fennell is currently on the staff at the Gettysburg campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College. He has also 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.

Charlie is an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, musician and father of 3 adult children. He and his wife reside in Hanover, Pennsylvania.