Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Who: Lawrence Lee Hewitt

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


Myths about the Civil War are as old as the Civil War itself. Examples include "living myths" such as the Lost Cause, a system of beliefs adopted in the South to ennoble the Southern cause, ease the pain of defeat, and speed national reconciliation. Myths can also serve modern political ends, such as the belief that the North was a monolithic entity composed of people who were anti-racist and fought solely to end slavery. There are many stories about the actions of generals or individual soldiers on the battlefield -- labeled by historian William C. Davis as "poppycock, balderdash, and malarkey told by Civil War veterans for the amusement and amazement of future generations" -- that are widely believed, dearly cherished and have little to no basis in fact.

Here to guide us through to rocky terrain of Civil War myths, legends and half-truths is acclaimed author and historian Lawrence Lee Hewitt. Mr. Hewitt received his bachelorís degree from the University of Kentucky and his PhD from Louisiana State University. He spent eight years managing Civil War sites for the Louisiana Office of State Parks: Port Hudson from 1978 to 1982 and Camp Moore State Commemorative Areas from 1982 to 1986. He served on the history faculty of Southeastern Louisiana University for ten years. Now a professor emeritus, he resides in Chicago. For several years he was a managing editor and book review editor for North and South magazine, and he is the author, co-author, editor, or coeditor of twelve books on Civil War history. Please help us welcome Lawrence to Austin!

Also, we will be holding our Holiday Sutler Sale, so don't miss this chance to pick up a unique gift or stocking stuffer for your favorite Civil War enthusiast!

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


Meatloaf, 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 Tuesday, December 8, 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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