The Civil War Round Table Season:

December – No Meeting

January 15, 2019 – Movie Night, “The Hunley,” 1999, with Armand Assante, Donald
Sutherland, 90 mins.

February 19, 2019 – The Hysterical Tyrannical Booth Family – A Presentation by Dr. Peter

March 19, 2019 – TBD

April 13, 2019 :Spring Tour Lee’s Retreat and Meade’s Pursuit

April 16, 2019 – Jamie Malanowski, “Six Men Who Could Have Prevented the Civil War.”

May 21, 2019 – Dinner Meeting, Bruce Chadwick, “The Civil War Goes to the Movies.”




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                       CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE – February 19, 2019 Meeting

Greetings and Welcome to our February Meeting!

From: Jennifer CS Brylinski, Round Table President

Info about the February Meeting

Meeting Date:  Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Time:  7:30 P.M.

Place:  Bristol Glen, 200 Bristol Glen Drive, Newton, New Jersey (973-300-5788),
enter through Main Entrance.  The meeting is in the “Town Hall” room.

The Hysterical Tyrannical Booth Family – A Presentation by Dr. Peter Lubrecht

The assassin John Wilkes Booth was the most famous member of his theatrical
family; however, the theatrical legacy of his brother lives on today. Edwin Booth
voted for Lincoln and was an avid supporter of the Union, while his brother John
was a self-proclaimed spy for the Confederacy who committed what was considered
one of the most tragically criminal acts of the 19th Century.  

Dr. Lubrecht traces the family lineage, including the famous father Junius Brutus
Booth, and follows John Wilkes Booth on his trail to fame and dishonor.  

After his reported death there was conjecture that he had escaped and a substitute
was killed. Did he end his life in Granbury Texas, or in the West or were his
mummified remains taken on a barnstorming tour?  Dr. Lubrecht will tell all!

Dr. Peter Lubrecht was awarded the George Hartleb Memorial Award for Excellence
in German American Studies by the National Steuben Society in 2018. An avid
researcher, with an interest in the Civil War, history, and German and American
history.  Lubrecht has been lecturing about German American contributions to
American Culture locally and nationally.  He is an adjunct professor of Writing and
Humanities at Berkeley College however he also was with Lehman University
Graduate School and Lincoln Center (Performing Arts in the English Classroom)
Jersey City University, Bergen, Morris and Passaic Community Colleges.  His BA,
MA and PhD are all from New York University. His books include: The New Jersey
Butterfly Boys in the

Civil War. The Hussars of the Union Army (History Press; 2011); Germans in New
Jersey: A History (History Press; 2013); New Jersey Hessians: Truth and Lore;
(History Press 2016); and Liebe Kück: A German Soldier’s Story of the Great War.  
He is currently working on a Biography of Carl Schurz for Fonthill Media’s America
Through Time Series due to be released in 2019.  His website is: www.

(Because of a personal situation, our previously scheduled February speaker, Bob
Costello as Lincoln, has cancelled his engagements.  We hope to see Bob again in
the future.)

The Colonel Henry Ryerson Civil War Round Table provides educational programs,
tours, and fellowship for individuals interested in the Civil War Era.  Meetings are
free and open to the public.  For more information please call Jennifer at 973-948-
4724 during the day, or check out the Round Table’s website at    www.ryersoncwrt.

The Upcoming Civil War Round Table Season:

March 19, 2019 – TBD

April 13, 2019 – Spring Tour in Gettysburg.  Lee’s Retreat and Meade’s Pursuit, with
Battlefield Guide Joseph Mieczkowski.

April 16, 2019 – Jamie Malanowski, “Six Men Who Could Have Prevented the Civil

May 21, 2019 – Dinner Meeting, Bruce Chadwick, “The Civil War G


Lee’s Retreat and Meade’s Pursuit

Our Spring Tour this year will take place on Saturday, April 13, at 9 A.M.  

Mark your calendars!   Make your room reservations now!

Defeated at the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee was left with the difficult task of
having to withdraw his battered army back across the Potomac and to the relative safety of
Virginia.  In the ten days between July 4th and the 14th, 1863, the Army of Northern Virginia
made its way out of Pennsylvania and across Maryland, pursued by the Army of the Potomac.  
Several brisk skirmishes occurred as the Union Army sought to cut off the retreating rebels.  
Although Lee ultimately slipped away, it was not without further losses to his army and his
supply train.  

Join us as we follow in the path of Lee’s retreat after Gettysburg and examine the aftermath of
the Civil War’s most famous battle.  Licensed Battlefield Guide Joe Mieczkowski will lead a
guided tour that visits some of the most significant locations of this often-overlooked campaign.

Highlights include:  A guided tour with Joe Mieczkowski, with stops at Fairfield, Monterey Pass
Battlefield and Museum, Pen-Mar Park, Smithsburg, and more.  

Our tour will begin at 9 A.M. at the Black Horse Tavern (at the intersection of Fairfield Road and
Black Horse Tavern Road near Marsh Creek, west of Gettysburg).

Directions to Black Horse Tavern: From the Square in Gettysburg travel south on Baltimore
Street two blocks and make a right onto West Middle Street which then goes west directly into
Fairfield Road (Route 116) and travel about 2.5 miles. Make a right on Black Horse Tavern Road,
and the Tavern will be on your right.  Travel distance to the Tavern from the Square in
Gettysburg is 3 miles.  If needed, Google Map the location for additional directions.  Note:  The
Black Horse Tavern is a privately-owned residence.  We will have permission to be there, and
the appropriate parking area will be well marked.

Joe Mieczkowski is a retired Federal Executive.  He is a Licensed Battlefield Guide for the
Gettysburg National Military Park, and he is a Past President of The Gettysburg Civil War Round
Table.  In addition, Joe is on the faculty of the Lincoln Leadership Institute in Gettysburg, PA.  He
has three books to his credit including After Gettysburg:  Lee Retreats and Meade Pursues.  Joe
has been a featured author on C-Span.

Though the Round Table will pick up the cost for our guide - transportation, meals, and
accommodations are on your own.  Suggestion:  Wear good walking shoes, and bring
water/drinks/snacks for the tour which should last about 3 hours.  

So, make your room reservations now and come along and enjoy this sure to be fun filled
spring day with your Civil War enthusiast friends from the Round Table!  For more info, please
contact Jennifer during the day at 973-948-4724.