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                                                THE COLONEL HENRY RYERSON
                      CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE – March 17, 2020, Meeting

This meeting has been CANCELED!!! This presentation will be re-
scheduled on a later date.

Greetings and Welcome to our March Meeting!

See you next Tuesday!!
From: Jennifer CS Brylinski, Round Table President

Info about the March Meeting
Meeting Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: PLEASE NOTE!!!!!!!!
Because of the flu situation, Bristol Glen has requested we change our meeting location for this
Our meeting this month will be held at the Sussex County Community College, 1 College
Hill Road, Newton, NJ, Performing Arts Center (PAC), Building 1, located directly adjacent to main
Parking Lot 1. Elevators are available.

“History and Layout of Picatinny Arsenal prior to its start in 1880,” by Jason Huggan

U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal is located in the Highlands of northwestern Morris County. Picatinny
is situated on approximately 5,853 acres and stretches northwards from Rt 15 towards Green
Pond. The Arsenal specializes in the research, development, acquisition and lifecycle of advanced
conventional weapon systems and ammunition. The Cultural Resources Program (CRP) located
in the Environmental Affairs Division of the Directorate of Public Works manages the historic
structures, buildings, districts, and archaeological sites located across the Arsenal.

This presentation demonstrates a general background of the history of the Picatinny Arsenal
region prior to its start in 1880, with some discussion of its use during the Civil War. Background
will also be given on the legal requirements of Picatinny’s CRP, along with updates of ongoing
archaeological investigations and historic research across the Arsenal.

Mr. Huggan is the Cultural Resource Manager and Garrison Archaeologist for Picatinny Arsenal.
He works within the Environmental Affairs Division of Public Works. He has been with Picatinny
for over 10 years and prior to this
held similar positions at Fort Lee, VA, and Fort Irwin, CA. Mr. Huggan has his Master’s degree in
Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester, UK and has worked in over 15 states
across the continental U.S. with over 15 years of experience in cultural resource management.

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.
Donations are always appreciated! For more information please call Jennifer at 973-948-4724
during the day, or check out the Round Table’s website at

The Upcoming Civil War Round Table Season:

April 21, 2020 –
Postponed until November meeting. Peter Lubrecht, Book Launch, “Carl Schurz,
German-American Statesman.”

Spring Tour –
Postponed until October 17th. Brad Gottfried, tour guide. The Battles of South
Mountain - 1862. 10 P.M. Burger King, Route 17, in Myersville, Maryland.

May 19, 2020 – Dinner Meeting, 6 P.M., Jay Jorgensen, “The Battle of Shiloh”  The Lafayette
House, Lafayette Village, Lafayette, NJ. Advance reservations required.                                        

                                                            SPRING TOUR – 2020

The South Mountain Battles

Our Spring Tour this year will take place on Saturday, April 25, at 10 A.M.  
Mark your calendars!   Make your room reservations now!

The Maryland Campaign in September of 1862 is considered by many to be the turning point of the Civil War.  While
most of the attention has been devoted to the battle of Antietam, a series of battles were fought in the South
Mountains three days before, which had a profound impact on the remainder of the campaign.  With General Robert
E. Lee’s Special Orders 191 in hand, General McClellan put his army in motion to destroy the dispersed and
vulnerable Army of Northern Virginia and save the Harpers Ferry garrison.

This tour will cover the four seminal fights at Turner’s Gap, Frosttown Plateau, Fox’s Gap, and Crampton’s Gap,
where vastly outnumbered Confederates desperately attempted to block McClellan’s passage through the South
Mountain to attack Lee’s dispersed forces.

Dr. Brad Gottfried will be our guide.  He is a Licensed Antietam Battlefield Guide and author of the Maps of
Antietam.  Brad will provide those who attend the tour with a series of maps and other materials to illustrate the

Our tour will begin at 10 A.M. at the Burger King located at 9620 Myersville Road (Route 17), Myersville, Maryland,
near the intersection of Interstate 70 (Exit 42). Myersville is about 50 minutes (38 miles) Southwest of Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania, and about 20 minutes (14 miles) Northwest of Frederick, Maryland.  FYI – the Burger King opens on
Saturday at 7 A.M. for breakfast.

After our tour you may want to continue the adventure on your own to Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry,
the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, and other Civil War locations of interest that are located

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

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-
Proudly Announces Its

Location: The Lafayette House
75 Route 15, Old Lafayette Village, Lafayette, NJ 07848 ( – 973-579-3100)
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Come Join the Fun and Enjoy a Delicious Sit-Down Dinner at The Lafayette House in their Upper Private Dining
Room! Relish the Camaraderie of your Fellow Civil War Enthusiasts! Our special dinner guest speaker will be
nationally renowned Dr. Jay Jorgensen who will be talking about “The Battle of Shiloh”. Dr. Jorgensen spends his
days as a Superior Court Judge in New Jersey and his evenings – and every other chance he can get – as a Civil
War history aficionado. He is the author of numerous books, including the highly acclaimed Gettysburg’s Bloody
Wheatfield, which won the prestigious Bachelder-Coddington Award. We are honored to have such an esteemed
speaker as our guest!

Ticket Price: $38.00 (Advance Ticket Purchase Required).

The Served Meal includes penne with vodka cream sauce, garden salad, rolls and butter, vegetable of the day,
garlic mashed potatoes, brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce, soft drinks, iced tea, coffee and tea.

Each person will have to choose their entrée ahead of time from this list: 1) Roast prime rib au jus, 2) Chicken
Cordon Bleu, 3) Stuffed fillet of sole with crabmeat.

Tickets can be purchased by making out the slip below and mailing it along with a check made out to the “Colonel
Henry Ryerson Civil War Round Table” to the address listed on the slip. Checks must be received by May 8th.

Tickets will be given out when you arrive at the dinner. Door Prize and Book raffle! Note: The Dinner will take the
place of the regular May Meeting.

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