Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, June 28, 2018

Who: Gregg Philipson

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


The Civil War divided Jews as it did all Americans. Amid the melting pot of ethnic backgrounds and cultures represented by Civil War soldiers, thousands of Jewish soldiers fought for both the Union and for the Confederacy.

Generations before the war, many old Jewish families, initially Sephardic and later Ashkenazic, had settled in the American South. By 1861, a third of all the Jews in America lived in Louisiana, including Judah P. Benjamin, who would serve as Confederate Secretary of State. Facing anti-Semitism in both North and South, and divided on the issue of slavery, Jews were forced to pick sides when war broke out -- and found themselves fighting on both sides of the conflict.

Here to speak on this interesting topic is former Commissioner of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, Gregg Philipson. Gregg is originally from Utica, New York. He holds degrees in both Finance and Marketing from the University of Buffalo (New York), and has lived in Austin for over 25 years. Before retirement, he worked in the technology and security industries. Gregg and his wife, Michelle, have one of the most important collections of Jewish military history artifacts in the nation, including a rare Confederate $2 bill with the face of Judah P. Benjamin; two Confederate States of America military orders signed by Jewish Quartermaster General Abraham Charles Myers, for whom Fort Myers in Florida was named; and an official West Point photograph of Alfred Mordecai, a major in the army until he resigned his post after refusing to fight against the South, where many of his family members resided. Please join us for a fascinating evening!

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 with Pasta, Roasted Potatoes, Vegetable, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert, Tea and Coffee. 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, June 26, 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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