Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Who: Caroline Janney

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


On July 2, 1887, nearly 500 veterans of the Philadelphia Brigade arrived at Gettysburg, along with 200 of their former Confederate foes. Standing in the sweltering summer heat, they listened to countless patriotic speeches extolling the glory and sacrifice of Americans who fought there on both sides, more than two decades before. The star of the day was not one of their former generals, but a widow named LaSalle Corbell Pickett, whose late husband had led the ill-fated charge on the third day of battle. Hosting a reception on the hallowed ground of the charge, LaSalle worked the crowd like a seasoned pro, signing autographs for Union and Confederate veterans alike.

In the years to come, LaSalle would become one of the most sought-after attractions at veterans' reunions, clawing her way out of poverty to become a writer, speaker, and celebrity. LaSalle’s tireless efforts to rehabilitate her husband's reputation transformed George Pickett from an incompetent officer into a Confederate hero. However, LaSalle was more than just a loyal wife. Through a combination of determination, pluck, and savvy showmanship, LaSalle Pickett became not only a symbol of the Lost Cause, but a central figure in the drive toward national reconciliation in the years after the Civil War.

We are thrilled to welcome Caroline Janney to tell us about the extraordinary life of LaSalle Pickett. Professor Janney completed her PhD at the University of Virginia. A specialist in the Civil War era, she is the author of Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies’ Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause and the award-winning Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation, a selection of the History Book Club and Military Book Club. Caroline is a renowned speaker and presenter and currently teaches in the Department of History at Purdue University. Please help us give Caroline 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.

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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


Rosemary Garlic Chicken Strips with Parmesan, Raspberry Carrots, Fruit Salad, Rolls, Cookies, 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, April 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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