Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, September 15, 2022

Who: Michael Lang

Where: Chez Zee Restaurant banquet room, 5406 Balcones Drive


The Battle of Antietam has long been known as the bloodiest day in American military history with more than twenty thousand soldiers either dead, wounded, or missing. The Confederacy, emboldened after a conclusive victory at the Battle of Second Manassas, launched the Maryland Campaign and considered a decisive battle on northern soil as a lynchpin to their objectives. As Gen. Robert E. Lee pushed his veteran Army of Northern Virginia deeper into Maryland, Gen. George B. McClellan hastily assembled a refurbished Army of the Potomac. After engagements at South Mountain and Harpers Ferry, Lee concentrated his forces near the small village of Sharpsburg. On September 17, 1862, McClellan attacked at dawn, igniting a battle that raged until sunset. By the end of the following day, Lee's battered army began its withdrawal. The eventual Confederate retreat provided the Lincoln Administration a much sought after victory. President Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation just four days later, dramatically altering the very nature of the war.

Decisions at Antietam introduces readers to critical decisions made by Confederate and Union commanders throughout the battle. Michael S. Lang examines the decisions that prefigured the action and shaped the contest as it unfolded. Rather than a linear history of the battle, Lang's discussion of the critical decisions presents readers with a vivid blueprint of the battle's developments. Exploring the critical decisions in this way allows usto progress from a sense of what happened in these battles to why they happened as they did

We are thrilled to welcome author Michael Lang to our Round Table to talk about the fateful decisions of the battle of Antietam. For 35 years, Michael has worked as manager for FedEx, while also becoming a successful photographer and author. Decisions at Antietam is the ninth in a series of books from the University of Tennessee Press that will explore the critical decisions of major campaigns and battles of the Civil War. Please join us in welcoming Michael to our Round Table!

Program Location and Details

Please RSVP to David White at by Friday, September 9. 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, September 13th. We can accept non-meal guests up until 5 p.m. on September 13th. 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.


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