May 01 2019
Campaign 22 Final Program on May 14th

The 22nd Campaign of the First Defenders Civil War Roundtable is rapidly drawing to a close, but one program remains on May 14th at the Inn at Reading.  Dr. Paul Kahan returns as the featured speaker to discuss the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant and its impact on Reconstruction. “Sam” Grant did not have an...

March 28 2019
Scott Mingus Featured at April Program

Noted author and prolific speaker Scott Mingus will provide a presentation on the “Louisiana Tigers at Gettysburg” during the First Defenders Civil War Round Table program on Tuesday, April 9th. Perhaps second only to the famed “Stonewall Brigade,” the Tigers had developed a fierce reputation by the time they arrived in Pennsylvania during the summer...

January 28 2019
February 12th Program Announcement

The First Defenders Civil War Round Table will meet on Tuesday, February 12th (Lincoln’s Birthday!) at the Inn at Reading beginning at 6:00 PM. First Defender Wally Heimbach will present a program on the flamboyant and world-renowned soldier, Phil Kearny. Had the life of the one-armed general not been cut short at Chantilly in 1862,...

January 28 2019
U.S. Army Medical Department Advances Battlefield Medicine

It is axiomatic that many military advances were born in the cauldron of the American Civil War, and none more so than treatment of battlefield casualties and medical care for huge armies on the march. Many of these advances are still seen today in military settings around the world. Vice President Mark Quattrock has long-studied...

January 02 2019
The Surprising “Second Battle of Franklin” Featured at December Program

The central Tennessee town of Franklin is similar to Gettysburg in many ways… population, rural farming folks, generally spared by war… that is until November 1864 when two armies fought in the fields south of town (also like at Gettysburg) in five hours of conflict during which the ferocity and casualties far-exceeded Pickett’s Charge. Yet,...

November 28 2018
December 11th Program Announcement

The next program for the First Defenders Civil War Round Table is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th, at the Inn at Reading.  President Craig Breneiser will present a program on “The Second Battle of Franklin,” an overview of one of the most overlooked and forgotten engagements of the Civil War.  However, the “second battle” is...

November 26 2018
The Rest of the Story – Antietam

The late pioneering broadcaster Paul Harvey produced a continuing series in which he would recount events or describe persons in such a way that you were never quite certain where the story was heading.  In the end (after a commercial break), he would finally reveal the subject of his narrative, and sign off with his...

October 30 2018
November Program in Two Weeks — October Program Review

The November First Defenders Civil War Roundtable is just two weeks away…November 13th…as we wrap up our appearances by the Emerging Civil War stable of writers and lecturers. Kevin Pawlak, a young and talented historian from northern Virginia, will be presenting a program called “Antietam Endgame,” which will review the three days following the titanic...

September 25 2018
The “Battle that Saved Washington” Featured at October 9th Program

On the banks of the Monocacy River bear Frederick, Maryland, an often-overlooked engagement on a hot July 1864 day slowed a Confederate Army bearing down on Washington, D.C.  But for that one-day delay, Abraham Lincoln may have been forced from his national capital in full view of the world and, more importantly, the American voters...

September 25 2018
Richard Ewell Redeemed!

It may be one of the most long-standing “myths” of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg…Richard Ewell flinching on the afternoon of July 1st with the Union Army in full retreat and Robert E. Lee’s exhortation to “take that hill, if practicable” ringing in his ears.  Ewell chose to not chance an assault...