Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Who: Noah Andre Trudeau

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive

What:

On April 1, 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee abandoned the Confederate trenches at Petersburg and head west and south in an attempt to join Gen. Joseph Johnston's army in North Carolina. Hounded aggressively by Union General Ulysses S. Grant, who had cut Lee's final supply line into Petersburg at the Battle of Five Forks, Lee found his turn to the south blocked by Federal troops and instead struck out west. The armies clashed again at Sailor's Creek, inflicting more losses on the Confederates.

Lee continued his agonized march across southern Virginia, desperate to break through to supplies he hoped were waiting at Appomattox Station. What thoughts were going through his mind? After four long years of bloody fighting, he did he face the prospect that the war's long drama was drawing to a close?

Here to speak with us about Lee during the Appomattox Campaign is acclaimed author and historian Noah Andre Trudeau. Mr. Trudeau is the author of Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership, Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea, Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage, and the fantastic trilogy on the final year of the war that includes Bloody Roads South, The Last Citadel, and Out of the Storm. He has won the Civil War Round Table of New York's Fletcher Pratt Award and the Jerry Coffey Memorial Prize. A former executive producer at National Public Radio, he lives in Washington, D.C. Please join us for a fascinating evening!

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

Rations

TBD. The cost 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).

Reservations

Please RSVP by 12 Noon on Tuesday, April 14, 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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