Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Who: Stephen Chapin Kinnaman

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


James Dunwoody Bulloch's central place in history has always rested on his Civil War era achievements as a secret agent of the Confederate States Navy in Europe. He gained fame for having brought into being the Confederate States cruisers Florida, Alabama and Shenandoah. But he also built or purchased a formidable collection of warships and blockade runners, and at the War's very end, commissioned the Confederacy's only seagoing ironclad, the C.S.S. Stonewall.

Less well known are his illustrious Georgia ancestors, who were so firmly entwined with the earliest American colonial experience, and his prominent family connections -- he was the uncle of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. It has even been suggested that Bulloch is the forgotten hero of the South, whose contributions to the Confederacy's war effort rivaled those of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, but who died in obscurity far from his native land.

Here to talk with us about the underrated Captain Bulloch is acclaimed author and naval historian Stephen Chapin Kinnaman. Stephen is an offshore and marine technology professional with over thirty years of experience. He grew up in upstate New York and New Jersey and currently resides in Chappell Hill, Texas. Stephen is the author of an article titled, “Inside the Alabama,” which appeared in the U.S. Naval Institute’s Summer 1990 issue of Naval History, and is also the author of The Most Perfect Cruiser, a book focused on James Dunwoody Bulloch’s most stunning achievement, getting the commerce raider Alabama to sea. Please help us welcome Stephen to our Round Table!

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


Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, green salad, rolls, lemon bars, coffee, tea, and water. 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, December 5, 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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