Civil War History

Dust off your history book and join Steve Runkle of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission as he discusses the first day of the battle of Gettysburg during this free program from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at PPL’s Brunner Island Environmental Preserve.

Runkle will describe the personalities of both Confederate and Union commanders, while the sounds of Civil War-era music set the mood for this journey back in time. This presentation chronicles the events of the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg: July 1, 1863. The discussion begins with early skirmishing along the Chambersburg Pike, west of the village of Gettysburg. Learn about the Rebel assaults from the north by General Ewell’s Second Corps, the resulting occupation of the town by the Confederates and the Union army’s presence on Cemetery Hill.

This free program will be held at the Brunner Island Power Plant, Main Conference Room. Use Gate A off of Wago Road, York Haven 17370. Click here for directions. Please bring a photo ID, and check in at the security gate.

Registration is required by Feb. 3, and space is limited to 50 people. (Note: This speaker is returning by popular demand, and this session is expected to fill quickly.) For more information or to register, contact Karen Ament at 717-284-6274 or In case of inclement weather this program will be canceled.

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