Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Who: Larry Tagg

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


Nineteenth century combat was an unforgiving cauldron. In that hot fire some grew timid and listless, others demonstrated a tendency toward rashness, and the balance rose to the occasion and did their duty as they understood it. No place was this truth more on display than at the bloody battle of Shiloh. During the horrific combat of April 6-7, 1862, the character and conduct of the high-ranking combat officers at Shiloh helped determine the success or failure of their respective armies, the fate of the war in the Western Theater and, in turn, the fate of the American union.

Many of the great names of the Civil War commanded in this early battle, from U. S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and Don Carlos Buell for the Union, to Albert S. Johnston, Braxton Bragg, and P. G. T. Beauregard for the Confederacy. Many more men, whose names crossed the stage of furious combat only to disappear in the smoke on the far side, also played a role and influenced how the battle unfolded. A number of officers left the field with their reputations and fortunes greatly changed – and some never left the field at all.

We are thrilled to welcome author Larry Tagg to our Round Table to discuss the character and fate of the generals of Shiloh. Born in Lincoln, Illinois, Larry graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. A bass player/singer of world renown, Larry co-founded the band “Bourgeois Tagg” in the mid-1980s. He went on to play bass for Todd Rundgren, Heart, Hall and Oates, and other acts. He taught high school English and drama in Sacramento, California. Larry is the author of the bestselling book The Generals of Gettysburg, a selection of the Military Book Club, and The Battles That Made Abraham Lincoln, as well as The Generals of Shiloh: Character in Leadership, April 6-7, 1862, the subject of tonight’s talk. Please help us give Larry a warm Austin welcome!

Program Location and Details

The meeting will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive. Covenant Presbyterian Church is located at the southeast corner of Northland Drive and Mopac Expressway (Loop 1). To reach Covenant via Mopac, take the RM 2222/Northland exit, then proceed east on Northland Drive. Covenant is on your immediate right.To reach Covenant via I-35, take the FM 2222 West, 238A exit. After you exit on the frontage road, proceed west on Koenig/2222. Head west through Lamar Blvd and Burnet Rd. After Burnet Rd, Koenig becomes Allandale Rd. After you cross Shoal Creek Pkwy, Allandale Rd becomes Northland Drive. Covenant is on Northland Dr on the left before you reach Mopac Expy.

Austin Civil War Round Table - Map of Covenant Church

6:30- 7:15 p.m.    Dinner and Socializing

7:15 - 8:45 p.m.    Announcements/Speaker

8:45 - 9:00 p.m.    Questions and Closing Remarks


TBD. The cost will be $12. To attend the meeting only, the charge is $5 (For non-members, the first meeting is free, and subsequent meetings are $10).


Please RSVP by 12 Noon on Tuesday, September 11, by contacting Mike Watkins via telephone at (512) 970-5548. If you must cancel your reservation, you must do so at least 48 hours in advance or you will be responsible for the costs incurred. Also, please let us know if you are attending the meeting but do not plan to join us for dinner. Thanks!


Meeting Schedule for 2018-2019

Return to Austin Civil War Round Table Home Page