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JULY 2019

Dan Welch - How Did They Get Here? The Gettysburg Campaign

The three days of battle in a small Pennsylvania town during July 1863 are considered by many to be the turning point if the Civil War.  Seminary Ridge, Little Round Top, The Peach Orchard and Pickets Charge are names that are familiar to even the most modest Civil War student.

For the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, we welcome Dan Welch who will help us follow the Union and Confederate armies northward across Virginia, Maryland, and into Pennsylvania during the weeks leading up to the battle of Gettysburg and examine the many battles and events that impacted both before the first shot of July 1, 1863.

Dan Welch currently serves as a primary and secondary educator with a public school district in northeast Ohio. Previously, Dan was the education programs coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner of Gettysburg National Military Park, and continues to serve as a seasonal park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Our speaker received his BA in Instrumental Music Education from Youngstown State University and a MA in Military History with a Civil War Era concentration at American Military University. Welch has also studied under the tutelage of Dr. Allen C. Guelzo as part of the Gettysburg Semester at Gettysburg College.

Dan’s first book, The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863, was released as part of the Emerging Civil War Series in June 2016.  He currently resides with his wife, Sarah, in Boardman, Ohio.

We look forward to Dan’s presentation, and encourage you and a guest to join us!

MENU OPTIONS

The County Seat offers our members and guests a main course, or the soup and salad bar.  This month’s main course is tossed salad, lasagna, and dessert.  Please specify your dining preference when you submit your pre-paid reservation, which is due the Tuesday prior to each meeting. 

NEXT MONTH

Thursday, August 15, 2019, Robert Dunkerly - The Fall of Richmond

HOT OFF THE PRESSES

August 6th, 2019 Simon & Schuster will be publishing Douglas Waller’s new book,LINCOLN’S SPIES: Their Secret War to Save a Nation.LINCOLN’S SPIEStells the story of espionage in the Civil War’s eastern theater through the lives of four Union agents: Allan Pinkerton, Lafayette Baker, George Sharpe and Elizabeth Van Lew.  Click here for more information.

LOCAL EVENTS

Pamplin Park

From Forests to Fields

July 20 @ 10:30 am-July 21 @ 4:00 pm

Pamplin explores the mid-19th century efforts to usewood in civilian products and military construction on July 20-21, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Programs will include several 30-minute woodworking demonstrations at both thePlantation and theMilitary Encampmentareas. These programs will occur multiple times daily, so that visitors will have several opportunities to view them regardless of when they arrive.

Staff in period attire at Tudor Hall will demonstrate woodworking skills and the required tools used in the production of common items of the era. Visitors are invited to join in on discussions to include period methods of selecting, cutting and marketing wood products.

Visitors can also join Civil War soldiers at the nearby Military Encampment as they demonstrate the construction of earthworks, revetments and other obstacles. Several finished examples will be on hand and guests are encouraged to help weave gabion baskets used in earthwork construction. Discussions will include how soldiers used every part of the tree for different purposes from firewood to building fabrication.

A specially tailored Tudor Hall Plantation walking tour titled “From Forests to Fields” will be offered at 11:00-11:45 am, and again from 2:00-2:45 pm. The Tudor Hall walking tour this particular day will focus on and incorporate the necessary removal of timber to create the fields where cash crops grew. Particular attention will be paid to explaining the different types of wooden structures commonly found on Southside Virginia plantations and their various methods of construction. Opportunities for comparing and contrasting the master’s, and the enslaved (both domestic and field slaves) living quarters as well as their role in the deforestation and construction processes will also be covered. Enslaved people, from field hand to skilled slaves (carpenters, joiners, and coopers) worked with and made products fashioned from wood virtually every day of their lives.

Tours of the Breakthrough Battlefield Tour will be offered twice during the day, from 1:00-1:45 pm, and again from 3:00-3:45 pm. Additional emphasis will be placed on comparing and contrasting today’s battlefield landscape to that of period photographs that vividly illustrate the denuded terrain. Guides will also stress how soldiers constructed earthworks using local timber during the Petersburg Campaign. Tour discussions will also include sharing quotes from soldiers on both sides who described their use of timber and their thoughts on the denuded landscape during the Petersburg Campaign.

All event activities and programs are included with regular daily paid admission.

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