Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Who: John J. Fox III

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


Few Southern soldiers sit higher in the pantheon of Confederate heroes than famed cavalry Gen. James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart. An 1854 West Point graduate, Stuart entered the war as colonel of the 1st Virginia Cavalry and soon rose to the rank of general following a successful attack against a Union mapping expedition in September 1861. With his resourcefulness and audacity, Stuart cut a dashing figure, and captured the public's imagination as the beau ideal of the Southern cavalier.

Yet, how did this twenty-nine-year-old former U. S. Army lieutenant become the 1860's version of a media sensation? What did he do to become a household name throughout the land? The event that propelled Stuart into the limelight was his audacious "ride around McClellan" from June 1215, 1862.

Stuart's famous ride around the Army of the Potomac was primarily a cavalry reconnaissance expedition. Robert E. Lee, newly promoted to command of the Army of Northern Virginia, wanted Stuart's cavalry to determine the strength and nature of the Union's right flank, believed to be located northeast of Richmond near Hanover Court House. Stuart's men sliced deep behind Union lines to gather information for Lee, ending up on an epic 110-mile ride around the Union Army, all the while chased by Union troopers commanded by Stuart's father-in-law, Philip St. George Cooke.

Here to tell us about the ride that made Stuart famous is acclaimed author and historian John J. Fox III. John grew up in Richmond, Virginia and graduated from Washington & Lee University with a BA in US history. His 2004 book, Red Clay to Richmond: Trail of the 35th Georgia Infantry Regiment, received the 2005 James I. Robertson Jr. Literary Prize for Confederate History. His 2010 book, The Confederate Alamo: Bloodbath at Petersburg's Fort Gregg, received a 2011 IPPY Award for nonfiction. His latest book, Stuart's Finest Hour: The Ride Around McClellan, June 1862, was released in September 2013. John served on active duty in the US Army for seven years as an armor officer and aviator. When he is not writing, Fox is a major airline pilot and he lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Please help us welcome John to Austin!

As a reminder, raffle tickets are now on sale for our Spring raffle, so please come early and buy lots of tickets!

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 of dinner will be $15. 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, May 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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