December 28 2017
January Program Announcement

Our next program is scheduled for January 9th, and our own Dale Kratzer will present something of a hodgepodge of “Naval Schemes, Plots and Interesting Tidbits.”  Much Civil War focus has been on the land activities, a number of interesting events took place on the water, too.  This program will cover events such as the “first” (?)...

December 28 2017
First Defenders Celebrate the Holidays & Perryville

The First Defenders Civil War Round Table celebrated the coming holiday season during its December program with a festive meal that included a birthday cake for former Preservation Committee chair Cate Kennedy. 54 First Defenders assembled at the Inn at Reading to hear our own Greg Stull talk about “The Battle that Wasn’t Supposed to...

December 04 2017
In Memoriam – Charter First Defender Robert “Bob” Shuman

It is with great sadness the First Defenders Civil War Round Table announces the passing of charter member Robert “Bob” Shuman following an illness spanning nearly six months.   Bob was born in Chambersburg, the son of the late Daniel Leslie and Alice (Ott) Shuman.  Many of us have heard Bob’s presentation of the “Burning of...

November 27 2017
Grant Takes Mississippi – Again (And Brings Abraham Lincoln Along!)

  The following article was written and distributed by the Associated Press on November 16th. STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — It’s not ironic, but intentional. Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who won the Civil War and later the presidency, is back in Mississippi in a way few would have imagined not long ago. His new...

November 27 2017
December Program Announcement

Our next program is scheduled for December 12th, and our own Greg Stull will present his second First Defenders program entitled “October 8, 1862: Perryville- The Battle That Wasn’t Supposed to Be.”  The fall of 1862 would be dismal for the Confederacy as Robert E. Lee’s Maryland Campaign would be turned back at Antietam, but...

November 27 2017
What Ever Happened to J.D. Cox?

Perhaps one of the best “citizen generals” who served the Union army during the Civil War, Jacob Dolson Cox was seemingly positioned to be the sixth Ohioan who would ascend to the presidency in the post-bellum years.  Yet this man who had done so much for the Northern cause would remain a back-bencher in the...

October 31 2017
November Program Announcement

  Our next program is scheduled for November 14th, and will feature a discussion of Jacob Dolson Cox, one of the most exceptional leaders of the Union Civil War effort who is almost unknown. Author Gene Schmiel has turned a spotlight on Cox in an effort to give him his long deserved recognition. Cox would be the tactical commander...

October 22 2017
Civil War Trust Releases Survey

The Civil War Trust has recently distributed a two-issue survey seeking input from folks interested in history. The first issue concerns war monuments in America, and focuses largely on the contemporary issue that targets Confederate memorials.  The second issue concerns our nation’s history and shifts in Civil War interpretation. The survey can be accessed and...

October 19 2017
The Kidnapping of the Generals – Should It Have Been So Easy?

The Civil War in what is today (and for the last half of the War) West Virginia often takes a back seat to the more glorious events in the eastern part of Virginia, Maryland and even into central Pennsylvania.  But, to the men who spent much of their time on garrison and foraging duties in...

October 19 2017
October Membership reaches 80 recruits!

Mustering Officer (and Membership Chair) Dave Sweigert reports the roles of the First Defenders has now reached 80 recruits. New members may still enlist! Our goal is to reach “Company’ strength by December.  Please contact Dave or download your membership application from our site. We look forward to seeing you at our next muster!