Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Who: Brian Matthew Jordan

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


In our own times, U.S. veterans returning home from war all too often struggle with homelessness, substance abuse, mental and physical wounds, and coping with readjustment to civilian life. The same was true for Civil War veterans. While the history books traditionally conclude with Union soldiers marching triumphantly home, for many veterans the war was far from over. In his landmark work that challenges rousing portraits of a triumphal return, historian Brian Matthew Jordan has woven an entirely new narrative of what Union veterans faced on the home front. These veterans--tending rotting wounds, battling alcoholism, campaigning for paltry pensions--found themselves unwelcome reminders in a new America eager to heal, forget, and embrace the freewheeling bounty of the Gilded Age.

Mining previously untapped archives, Jordan has uncovered anguished letters and diaries, essays by amputees, and gruesome medical reports, all deeply revealing of the post-war American psyche. The rage and regret felt by Union veterans echoes in our own times, and their untold stories are critically relevant today.

We are thrilled to welcome Brian Matthew Jordan to our Round Table. Dr. Jordan is assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction and American military history. He is the author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War (2015), a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History and the winner of Yale's John Addison Porter Prize. Dr. Jordan is currently editing a collection of essays about Union and Confederate veterans for LSU press and working on a life of the controversial Union general Benjamin Butler. A native of Akron, Ohio (but now a proud Texan), Dr. Jordan serves as the Book Review Editor for The Civil War Monitor and is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians. Please help us give him a warm 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.

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


Enchladas, dessert, coffee, tea, & water. The cost will be $12. 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, March 19, by contacting Mike Watkins via telephone at (512) 970-5548. 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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