Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Who: Karen Abbott

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


The Civil War affected the lives of American women in countless ways, both on the home front and on the battlefield. While the famous Clara Barton brought aid and comfort as a battlefield nurse, and Southern diarist Mary Chestnut chronicled the rise and fall of the Southern cause, thousands of women all over the country were engaged in their own personal crusades to help the war effort. In the Victorian age, when women had no role in the military, no political rights, and no public station, the Civil War changed the game and raised the stakes. With the men off to war, women used what talents they had at their disposal -- be it on the battlefield, in the drawing room, or in the bedroom -- to help win the war.

In Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, author and historian Karen Abbott brings us the lives of four such women – Southern spies Belle Boyd and Rose O’Neal Greenhow, and Northern spies Elizabeth Van Lew and Emma Edmonson, aka 'Private Frank Thompson.' In the course of the war, these women would risk everything, including their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, to aid their side of the struggle. Their efforts would have an impact that far transcended the domestic sphere.

Here to tell us about the extraordinary lives of these remarkable women is acclaimed author and historian Karen Abbott. Called a "pioneer of sizzle history" by USA Today, Ms. Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and Amazon, and optioned by Sony for a miniseries. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City, where she's at work on her next book. Please help us give Karen 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.

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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, March 13, 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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