Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Who: David Bastian

Where: Chez Zee Restaurant banquet room, 5406 Balcones Drive


By May 1862, only Vicksburg and a Confederate fleet at Memphis stood in the way of Union domination of the Mississippi River. The Confederate fleet and Memphis fell in early June, leaving Vicksburg as the only Confederate control point on the river and the only connection to supplies from the West. For six weeks David Glasgow Farragut's naval forces could not force Vicksburg to surrender. Realizing that it could not be taken from the river, the Union decided to move the river away from Vicksburg.

This was the start of two unprecedented engineering efforts to divert the course of the river. The failure of the second effort under Grant resulted in an extensive siege. Vicksburg finally surrendered after 14 months from the time Farragut first called on her to surrender. Ironically, with the proper planning and tools, the cutoff could have succeeded and altered the course of the battle.

We are thrilled to welcome David F. Bastian to our Round Table to speak about "Grant's canal." David F. Bastian has more than forty years' experience in flood control, navigation, dredging, and water-resource-related activities, most with the US Army Corps of Engineers. His career has included work in both practical research and project implementation, including fifteen years as a hydraulic engineer for the Corps' Waterways Experiment Station. The author of more than thirty technical reports and papers, David has also made many presentations to national and international professional organizations. He served as a consultant to the Republic of Panama and the State of Florida, a liaison to the Panama Canal Commission, Suez Canal Authority, and Colombian government, and negotiated engineering contracts in Japan. Please join us for a great evening!

Program Location and Details

Please RSVP to David White at by Tuesday, October 12. If you wish to receive a meal, there will be a limited dinner menu available for $25, including tip. The selections will be sent via email.

A cash bar will be available but you will need to open a tab with the restaurant for that.

If you do not wish to take a meal, please RSVP to David by noon Tuesday,October 12, as well. We can accept non-meal guests up until 5 p.m. on the 19th of October. The venue has asked that no one bring any outside meals or drinks into the restaurant.

Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program will commence at 7:15 p.m. Meeting and meal is $25.00 and meeting only is $5.00 for members.

If you have any questions, please call David White at (512) 497-4832 or Mike Watkins at (512) 970-5548.


Meeting Schedule for 2021-2022

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