Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, September 15, 2016

Who: Rick McCaslin

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


Pompeo Luigi Coppini was an unlikely Texan who immortalized some of the most iconic figures and events in Texas history. Born in Moglia, Mantua, Italy, on May 19, 1870, Coppini grew up in Florence, where he was a student at the Accademia di Belle Arte, graduating with highest honors in 1889. In 1896, Coppini immigrated to the United States with very little money and no knowledge of English. Hearing that the famed sculptor Franck Teich was in search of an assistant, Coppini moved to Texas in November 1901.

It was a fateful decision. Coppini was commissioned to model the statue of Jefferson Davis and other figures for the Confederate monument erected on the Capitol grounds in Austin. Other Texas commissions followed, one of the best known being the Littlefield Fountain Memorial (1920–28) at the University of Texas at Austin and the seven bronze statues along the south mall of the University, a commemoration which remains controversial to this day. Later, Coppini was selected to sculpt the famed Alamo Cenotaph, which can still be seen on Alamo Plaza in San Antonio.

Here to speak with us about this famous adopted son of Texas is our friend Dr. Rick McCaslin. Rick is a professor of history at the University of North Texas and the author or editor of eleven books, including Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862, 2002 Laney Prize winner Lee in the Shadow of Washington, and Fighting Stock: John S. “Rip” Ford of Texas. Please help us welcome Rick to our Round Table as we kick off our new campaign!

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 $18 (please note price increase). 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 Monday, September 12, by contacting our electronic mailbox via telephone at (512) 916-3412. 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!


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