August 20 2019
First Defenders 23rd Campaign Season to Commence

The 23rd Campaign of the First Defenders Civil War Round Table is set to open its season on Tuesday, September 10th, at the Inn at Reading.  The kick-off event will feature one of our most popular speakers, Chris Mackowski, a co-founder of the Emerging Civil War stable of authors, lecturers and new generation of period historians. ...

June 17 2019
June 28th Berks History Center Program on Tap

Back by popular demand, the Berks History Center has scheduled an exciting program for Friday evening, June 28th!  Learn about the attacks on Berks County settlers during the French and Indian War, including the tragic irony of murder and abduction of Amish, Brethren and Mennonite families along the Blue Mountain, and the prominent role of Conrad Weiser in...

February 26 2019
The “Sultana Disaster” to be Featured at March Program

In the spring of 1865 following Appomattox and the Lincoln Assassination, the Civil War was not yet over. Yet following euphoria and shock, the tragic explosion and sinking of the “Sultana” on the Mississippi River near Memphis and resulting deaths of hundreds (including many former Union POWs) became little more than a footnote to the...

December 26 2018
January 8th Program Announcement

2018 is fading into the rear-view mirror, but the 22nd First Defenders Campaign is only halfway complete. As we move into 2019, the next program for the First Defenders Civil War Round Table is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8th, at the Inn at Reading.  Vice President Mark Quattrock will present a program on “The U.S....

November 04 2018
No answers for family’s questions about Civil War unknowns

The following story was first reported by the Associated Press, and is posted here verbatim and with full attribution. ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — When Paul Davis heard earlier this year that the complete remains of two Civil War soldiers had been uncovered recently at Manassas National Battlefield, mixed among severed limbs in a surgeon’s pit,...

August 29 2018
Campaign 22 Begins on September 11th

The 22nd Campaign of the First Defenders Civil War Round Table is set to begin with its first program on Tuesday September 11th.  Check out “Events” for program details featuring one of our most popular speakers, Chris Mackowski. The First Defenders will be returning to the Inn at Reading again this year, and the Inn...

August 11 2018
“A Stroll Through History” – Charles Evans Cemetery Tours Announced

The First Defenders Civil War Round Table and the Berks History Center are excited to announce their joint “Stroll Through History” tours of the historic Charles Evans Cemetery on Saturday, September 15th. Charles Evans Cemetery was founded in 1846 by its namesake, Charles Evans, a prominent local lawyer and philanthropist who desired to establish a...

May 04 2018
Joe’s Jaunts II – Montgomery Cemetery

April 28th dawned as a cool, promising spring day for Past President Joe Schaeffer leading 23 First Defenders on the second “Joe’s Jaunt.”  The destination was the Montgomery Cemetery in nearby Norristown, the final resting place of four Union generals. The cemetery, located on a bluff above the Schuylkill River, had fallen into disrepair and...

February 17 2018
First Defenders Book Shelf Introduced!

All First Defenders know the Round Table’s long and proud history of conducting book raffles to benefit preservation work.  These raffles have been supported by the generous donations of members and friends. Now, in an effort to keep the growing book inventory under control, to provide members with an opportunity to acquire quality books and...