Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Who: Joe Owen

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


The soldiers in Hood's Texas Brigade who fought at Antietam on September 16 - 17, 1862, described intense and harrowing experiences of the fierce battle in the days, weeks and decades after the battle. Their experiences were written in official reports, diary entries, interviews, newspaper articles, and letters to families at home. The 1st Texas Infantry at Miller's Cornfield would suffer an 82.3 per cent casualty rate, and all the other regiments of Hood's Texas Brigade would suffer over a 50 per cent casualty rate at the battle.

The written memories of these soldiers provide a fascinating and descriptive account of the battle against the Union Army of the Potomac at Miller's Cornfield, the Dunker Church and other locations at the battlefield. Union soldiers who fought against the soldiers of Hood's Texas Brigade also recorded their memories, leaving a fascinating portrait of Texans at Antietam.

Here to talk about the men of the Lone Star State in this terrible battle is author and historian Joe Owen. Joe is a National Park Ranger at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park in Johnson City, Texas. He is the co-author of Texans at Gettysburg, Blood and Glory with Hood's Texas Brigade, and Texans at Antietam: A Terrible Clash of Arms, September 16-17, 1862. He is an associate member of Hood's Texas Brigade (Reactivated), Friends of Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association and the Austin Civil War Round Table. He received a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from East Central University located in Ada, Oklahoma. He is a United States Navy Veteran and currently resides in Texas. Please don't miss it!

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


Chicken Piccata, dessert, coffee, tea, and water. Dinner is $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, February 18, 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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