March 23 2022
‘Intact’ Bomb From Civil War Uncovered During Archeological Survey

Article reprinted from Newsweek, March 4, 2022 A group of archeologists was out surveying a new hiking trail in Cobb County, Georgia when they uncovered an unexploded bomb from the Civil War. According to a Facebook post shared by the Southeast Archeological Center, a team was out conducting a metal detecting survey for a hiking trail at Kennesaw...

March 23 2022
Philly’s only remaining exclusive Civil War museum faced a choice: Sell a jewel or shutter

Reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer, March 6, 2022 It’s a once-in-a-generation artifact that rings strikingly relevant: a Civil War battle flag carried by a Philadelphia regiment of Black soldiers — and hand-painted by David Bustill Bowser, the son of a fugitive slave and Philadelphia’s most acclaimed 19th-century Black artist. On deep-blue silk with gold fringe, the...

March 28 2021
Upcoming Gregg Biography has a First Defenders Connection

Prolific Civil War author Edward Longacre’s soon-to-be-released biography, Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: the Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg, has some local Round Table “flavor” added as long-time Gregg student and First Defender Dave Fox has provided the author with the benefit of his wisdom on the subject. Thanks to Dave, we already know that...

February 24 2021
Blue & Gray Education Society Ready to Resume Touring

Following a COVID-impacted 2020 that saw Civil War tours cancelled by the score, it is refreshing to learn the Blue & Gray Education Society is ready to pick up with a full season of offerings that also include a sprinkling of Revolutionary War programs.  For those longing to get back out on the trails, BGES...

January 25 2021
The Forgotten Marines: “Prelude to Civil War – Harper’s Ferry, October 1859.”

Dale Lee Sumner passes along the following new historical novel The Forgotten Marines: “Prelude to Civil War – Harper’s Ferry, October 1859.” This novel is available in three formats: Kindle Edition (Digital), Standard Edition (Printed) softcover with 472 pages, and as an… Annotated Edition (Printed) softcover with 520 pages encompassing 220 informational/background annotations, designed to...

January 22 2021
Adopt-A-Position 2021 Season Cancelled

Word has been received from the Gettysburg National Military Park that its 2021 Adopt-A-Position has been cancelled as a result of ongoing COVID restrictions and cautions.  GNMP indicated it needed to make the decision for the entire program year because of staffing requirements that would not otherwise be needed. Park officials expressed regret at cancelling...

January 14 2021
First Defenders “Shout Out” During Perilous Times

The original First Defenders became a subject of interest as a result of the deployment of National Guard troops, including many from Pennsylvania, to provide security in Washington, D.C. following last week’s violent intrusion into the United States Capitol building and in advance of next week’s presidential inauguration. It apparently came to someone’s attention that...

December 29 2020
January Program Still on Track

As 2020 winds down to a welcome close, the First Defenders are ready to move into the second half of their 24th Campaign.  With restaurants scheduled to resume normal operations on January 4th, the year-opening program and meeting is scheduled for January 12th at Giannotti’s Country Restaurant. The program for the month will be presented...

November 24 2020
December Program Change

The December program for the First Defenders Civil War Round Table is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th, at Giannotti’a Country Restaurant with dinner being served at 6:30 PM and the business meeting and program getting underway at about 7:30. Due to an ongoing inability to confirm arrangements with our planned speaker, long-time member Denton Schucker...

October 27 2020
Presidents at Gettysburg on November 10th

Ever since Abraham Lincoln journeyed to the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg to deliver his immortal address, millions of ordinary Americans have made a similar pilgrimage.  Many of the early visitors were soldiers returning to the scenes of their youth or their descendants over the ensuring generations.  And among those millions were more than a few...