Union County Historical Society Dinner /Program

History & Heritage

November 1, 2019

Bull Run Tap House

 

The Union County Historical Society Annual John B. Deans Dinner/Program will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 6 pm at the Bull Run Tap House, 605 Market St., Lewisburg. Prepaid reservations at $22 per person are due by October 18; mail checks to UCHS, 103 S. 2nd St., Lewisburg, PA 17837.

PROGRAM “Medal of Honor Winner 1st Lt. Dwite Schaffer: Assault on St. Hubert’s Pavilion, Argonne Forest, 26 to 29 September 1918: German, French, and American Perspectives” by David Del Testa, Associate Professor of History at Bucknell University. Del Testa leads the “Bucknellians in World War I Project,” and teaches on Modern Europe and Southeast Asia. Del Testa will present three perspectives of this important WWI event – American, German, and French – to show what happened to K Company and their opponents, the 122nd Landwehr Regiment, and to clarify some of the stories about that day that have grown and endured since then.

DETAILS of the battle: On 26 September 1918, 1st Lt. Dwite Schaffner, Bucknell Class of 1915, led K Company of the 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division. They advanced from the village of Lachalade at the southern edge of France’s Argonne Forest toward the Regiment’s objective, the Barricade Glade, only five miles away. No one could have anticipated the incredible and bloody struggle that Schaffner and the soldiers under his command would face over the next 48 hours. The struggle culminated in brutal hand-to-hand combat at a small bluff deep in the forest known as St. Hubert’s Glade, a mile short of the main objective. We know that Schaffner received the Medal of Honor for his conspicuous bravery and leadership at St. Hubert’s, but the details of that day are few and hidden by time.

The program will follow a “Build Your Own Burgers” buffet with beef burgers, grilled chicken, veggie burgers, pulled pork with BBQ sauce, macaroni & cheese, house chips, garden salad, beverages, and dessert. A cash bar will be available.

Awards for contributions by individuals or groups for historic preservation or service will be presented.

Cost for the dinner/program is $22 per person. Reservations, with check payable to the Union County Historical Society, are due by October 18.

 

 

 

 

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