Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Who: Andrew Ward

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


"Remember Fort Pillow!" is a battle cry that reverberates in American memory. On April 12, 1864, a force of 1,500 to 2,500 Confederate soldiers under Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked the Union garrison stationed at Fort Pillow, an earthen fortification on the Mississippi River in western Tennessee. The Union garrison consisted of approximately 600 black and white troops, mainly former slaves and Tennessee Unionists. After a fierce battle, the Confederates overran the fort, driving the enemy to the landing at the foot of the bluff. What happened next was destined to become one of the most notorious and controversial actions of the Civil War.

Three days after the battle, Forrest wrote this dispatch to his commander: "The river was dyed with the blood of the slaughtered for two hundred yards. There was in the fort a large number of citizens who had fled there to escape the conscript law. Most of these ran into the river and were drowned. The approximate loss was upward of five hundred killed, but few of the officers escaping. It is hoped that these facts will demonstrate to the Northern people that negro soldiers cannot cope with the Southerners."

Here to talk with us about this most controversial subject is Mr. Andrew Ward. Mr. Ward is the author of numerous acclaimed works of history, including River Run Red: The Fort Pillow Massacre in the American Civil War, Dark Midnight When I Rise: The Story of the Jubilee Singers, Who Introduced the World to the Music of Black America, and The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves. He is a former contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly, commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and columnist for The Washington Post. Please help us welcome Andrew to Austin!

As a reminder, raffle tickets are now on sale for our Spring raffle, so please come early and buy lots of tickets!

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 and mashed potatoes, green salad, rolls and butter, lemon bars, coffee, tea, and water. The cost of dinner will be $15. 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, April 15, 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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