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...

April 24 2018
May 8th Program Announced: Daniel Edgar Sickles

Scoundrel or hero?  Like the Slim-Jim commercial, no one is neutral about Daniel Edgar Sickles, his mercurial life or his role in the Battle of Gettysburg.  Probably no one knows more about Sickles and can discuss the man in more objective terms than our guest, Jim Hessler. Making his encore appearance to close out the...

April 03 2018
April Program Update!

The First Defenders have learned that perennial April guest Ed Bearss recently suffered a fall at his home.  Although not seriously injured, Ed will be off his feet for a week or two and will be unable to present his “Evening with Ed” program on the Battle of Shiloh. While wishing Ed a speedy return...

March 27 2018
April Program- “Evening with Ed” on April 10th

It’s that time of the year again when the First Defenders will hold its annual “Evening with Ed” featuring the one and only Ed Bearss.  On Tuesday April 10th the historian emeritus of the National Park Service will tell the story of the Battle of Shiloh, the battle that swept away any notion of a...

February 28 2018
The 96th PVI Brought to Life by Dave Ward

Most passing Civil War students are well-versed in both the old and new tomes outlining the history of the campaigns and their generals.  It takes those with real interest, though, to dive deeper into the personal stories of the men who shouldered the musket and stood shoulder-to-shoulder trading Minié balls with the enemy.  To satisfy...

February 28 2018
March Program to Focus on “Pickett’s Charge”

The First Defenders will meet on Tuesday March 13th for their next program that will focus on the penultimate event of the three day Battle of Gettysburg: Pickett’s Charge. Meal selections are posted on-line under the “Events” tab, and the March newsletter can be viewed or downloaded from the “Newsletters” tab.  The deadline for meal...