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York CWRT to feature Dr. Charlie Fennell discussing the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 2014


The York Civil War Round Table will feature the always entertaining Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. A long-time friend of the York CWRT, Dr. Fennell is returning for his annual Battlefield Talk and Walk Program which has been held for the past ten years. In commemoration of the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, Dr. Fennell’s presentation topic will be “America’s Longest Day : The Battle of Antietam.”

The meeting will be held at 7 P.M. on Wednesday evening in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust at 250 E. Market Street in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The presentation is free and open to the public! Parking is also free!

This program will give an overview of the Battle of Antietam and then focus on the carnage in Mr. Miller’s cornfield near Antietam Creek, which became the unlikely setting for perhaps the worst fighting of the entire Civil War.

Battlefield Tour at Gettysburg National Military Park on Saturday, September 20, 2014 – Tour of the Wheatfield – Time changed to 10:00 AM to Noon. Cost is $10.00 payable at walk. Meet at the Visitor’s Center at GNMP in the lower level of the Bus Depot parking lot. We will car pool to the Wheatfield. Tour open to the public. No pre-registration necessary.

The Cornfield at Antietam and the Wheatfield at Gettysburg evoke images of tremendous carnage and suffering. How does the fighting in the Wheatfield at Gettysburg compare to the struggle for the Cornfield at Antietam? What was similar and what was different? Join us in the Wheatfield at Gettysburg and decide which one you think was more important.

Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. is currently on the staff at the Gettysburg campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College. Dr. Fennell 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. He received his Ph.D. from West Virginia, University.