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H-2 Mini-Reunion Held Oct 19-23, 2009 at Gettysburg Hotel

H-2 '61 Classmates; plus other Grads and wives, attended a full week of activities at the '61 H-2 Gettysburg Mini-Reunion held at The Gettysburg Hotel, Monday, October 19  thru  Friday, October 23. 

Thirty-two (32) attendees participated in five (5) days of activities: Alice & Bren Battle ; Maggie & Ed Moritz ; Nancy & Dave Teal ; Bob Chelberg ; Ruth & Bob Kee ; Chuck & Sandee Sollohub ; Chip & Sally Smith ; Stu & Louise Senneff ; Jim & Dolly Stokes ; JB & Sally Taylor ; Jerry & Connie Zingsheim ; Petie ( Sandy ) Walters; Pat & Bruce Shroyer ; Andy & Cheryl Carron ( ‘60 H-2) ; Kim Fox (G-2) ; Pam & Dan Barney (K-1) ; Bunny & Chuck Armstrong (L-1) ; Jack Zimmerman (A-2).


In the photo, standing (left to right), Bruce Shroyer, Jerry Zingsheim, Bren Battle, JB Taylor, Ed Moritz, Maggie Moritz, Chip Smith, Bob Kee, Dave Teal, Jim Stokes, Bob Chelberg, Stu Senneff, Dan Barney (K-1).

Seated (left to right): Sally Taylor, Sally Smith, Connie Zingsheim, Dolly Stokes, Ruth Kee, Nancy Teal, Alice Battle, Pat Shroyer, Louise Senneff, Pam Barney

All gathered for a welcoming reception and dinner Monday evening, Oct 19, which was concluded by a visit and discussion with  Pvt Charles Wright, Veteran of the 8th Ohio Volunteer Regiment of Infantry  who saw action from 1861 until mustered out in 1864.   Pvt Wright was accompanied by his wife, Karen.  The 8th Ohio defended against the left flank attack of Pickett’s Charge on July 3, 1863.

Monday Evening - 8th Ohio Regiment of Volunteer Infantry Pvt Charles & Mrs Wright (center)  (Left Side/L-R) Bren Battle, Bob Kee, Ed Moritz, Stu Senneff, Chip Smith, Andy Carron (‘60/H-2), Bruce Shroyer  (Right Side/R-L)  Jim Stokes, Dave Teal, Bob Chelberg, Jerry Zingsheim, Chuck Sollohub, JB Taylor

Early Tuesday morning, Oct 20, members of H-2 traveled by bus to Antietam Battlefield, receiving a briefing enroute from Charlie Fennells, our Licensed Battlefield Guide; and viewed a film regarding the Battle of South Mountain; Lincoln’s difficulties with his Commanders leading The Army of the Potomac; and his decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

After a box lunch in the Visitor’s Center area, Charlie provided a robust and enthusiastic tour of this very famous Battlefield; and it could not have been done any better.  After leaving the Antietam Battlefield, we drove to The Old South Mountain Inn just outside of  Boonsboro, MD, for dinner; truly the ‘taste delight’ of the entire reunion.  Everyone should visit The Old South Mountain for dinner at least once in their life.

Wednesday, Oct 21 was a free day during which everyone took time to separately visit numerous stores and sights of interest throughout Gettysburg, including the Gettysburg Battlefield Visitors’ Center, certainly a “must see” if you have not been to Gettysburg in the last 3-4 years.   The Eisenhower Farm; numerous antique stores, offering military collectibles and memorabilia;  Boyd’s Bears & Hares … and any number of good restaurants, all seemed to fit into a seamless morning and afternoon where everyone “did their own thing”, individually or in small groups.   The highlight of Wednesday was an after-dinner visit by President Abraham Lincoln who shared his thoughts on his yet unsuccessful effort to find a “fighting General” for The Army of the Potomac.  Before departing the Gettysburg Hotel, President Lincoln, a very affable and courteous man, spoke with everyone present and stood for official photographs with H-2 dinner guests.  It was a grand evening; and greatly appreciated, since he had to rise a bit early the next morning in order to speak at an official commemoration ceremony at the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

Thursday, Oct 22  saw everyone in H-2  touring the Gettysburg Battlefield for the entire day.   In the morning, our Licensed Battlefield Guide:  Chris Rebmann ( AKA  Pvt Charles Wright; 8th Ohio Volunteer Regiment of Infantry ) covered the first day’s action on July 1, 1863.   At midday we broke for lunch at  Gettysburg Eddies, a very convenient and efficiently staffed restaurant, offering a very good luncheon menu.  The afternoon session then covered  late July 2 and July 3 action.  Throughout the day, Chris detailed the opposing Confederate and Union forces; their order of battle; Generals, Field and Line Officers at all command levels; and their individual unit actions at Gettysburg; and, particularly, including those commanded by members of the May and June Classes of 1861.  The day, a total success, was concluded with a formal reception hosted by and in The Mort Kunstler Art Gallery directly adjacent to the Gettysburg Hotel; followed by dinner at the Blue Parrot Bistro; again, offering an excellent menu. 

Friday, Oct 23  saw everyone leaving by 11:00 am …  just before the rain came in Friday afternoon thru Saturday morning.  The Lord was good to us.  It was a perfect “leaf-peeking” week; and H-2 was  “… on the receiving end.” HOORAH !  HOORAH !  HOORAH !

Click here for pictures taken at the Mini-reunion













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