Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Who: James A. Morgan III

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive

What:

On October 20, 1861, Army of the Potomac commander Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan fired off a telegram to Brig. Gen. Charles P. Stone, instructing him on how to handle the Confederate force at Leesburg. "Perhaps a small demonstration on your part would have the effect to move them," he wrote. This simple but vague instruction would have disastrous and humiliating consequences.

Opposing the Union effort was Brig. Gen. Nathan "Shanks" Evans' small Confederate command. Reacting to the news of Federals under the command of Col. Edward D. Baker crossing at Ball's Bluff and Edwards Ferry, Evans began moving his own troops to intercept them. On largely open ground, Evans caught the Union forces poorly organized and with their backs to the wide river. The disaster that followed rocked a Northern populace already reeling from the recent defeats of Bull Run and Wilsonís Creek.

Here to speak with us about the debacle at Ball's Bluff and Edwards Ferry is James A. Morgan. Born in New Orleans, Jim Morgan grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and now lives in Lovettsville, Virginia. A former Marine, Jim is a past president of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable, a member of the Loudoun County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, and a volunteer guide at Ball's Bluff for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Jim is the author of the fine book, A Little Short of Boats: The Civil War Battles of Ball's Bluff and Edwards Ferry. Please help us give Jim a warm Texas welcome!

Also, the May meeting will feature our semi-annual book raffle, with a great Don Troiani print as the grand prize. 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

Rations

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).

Reservations

Please RSVP by 12 Noon on Tuesday, May 17, 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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