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York CWRT to feature Dr. Charlie Fennell discussing the Pennsylvania Reserves at Gettysburg on Oct. 21


The York Civil War Round Table will feature the always entertaining Dr. Charles C. Fennell, Jr. at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. 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. Dr. Fennell’s presentation topic will be the “Pennsylvania Reserves Saves Little Round Top: Into the Valley of Death.”

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!


Battlefield Tour at Gettysburg National Military Park on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Tour of Little Round Top. Time – 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 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 carpool to the battlefield. Tour open to the public. No pre-registration necessary.

Most students of the Battle of Gettysburg are familiar with Vincent’s Brigade’s defense of Little Round Top. However, very few realize that the Confederates do not have to take Little Round Top but must get past it to roll up the Union flank. A more serious threat occurred later in the evening as the Union line in front of Little Round Top collapsed and nearly 5,000 Confederate soldiers threatened to sweep over the northern face of the hill. The only organized Union forces in the way were Pennsylvania Reserves under General Crawford. We will detail this story and attempt to shed some light on this forgotten episode of the Battle.

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.