Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, November 17, 2016

Who: Diane Monroe Smith

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of the 20th Maine is one of the most popular and enduring icons of the Civil War. Memorably portrayed in Michael Shaara's 1974 novel The Killer Angels and the subsequent movie Gettysburg, the leader of his regiment's magnificent charge on Little Round Top remains an admired figure in North and South alike. While much is known about his military exploits and later success as Bowdoin University president and Governor of Maine, much less is known of the struggles he endured in his personal life. At the center of that life was the love story he shared with his wife of 50 years, Fanny.

Characterized by some of Chamberlain's biographers as a small-minded woman who was resentful of her husband's fame and unequal to his brilliant intellect, Fanny Chamberlain has not always been judged kindly by history. However, Diane Smith's extensive research and careful examination of the Chamberlain's voluminous correspondence over their long marriage reveals a much different woman than the one we thought we knew.

Here to speak with us about this remarkable marriage is acclaimed author Diane Monroe Smith. Diane is a native of Maine and received her degree in Human Development from the University of Maine. A retired social worker, Diane is the author of three Civil War books, including Chamberlain at Petersburg: The Charge at Fort Hell, June 18,1864, Command Conflicts in Grant's Overland Campaign: Ambition and Animosity in the Army of the Potomac, and Fanny and Joshua: The Enigmatic Lives of Frances Caroline Adams and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Please help us welcome Diane to our Round Table!

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


TBD. 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 Monday, November 14, 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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