Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Who: Edwin C. Bearss

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


The wide-ranging and largely misunderstood series of operations around Petersburg, Virginia, were the longest and most extensive of the entire Civil War. The fighting that began in early June 1864 when advance elements from the Union Army of the Potomac crossed the James River and botched a series of attacks against a thinly defended city would not end for nine long months. This important many would say decisive - fighting has been chronicled by legendary Civil War author Edwin C. Bearss in The Petersburg Campaign: The Western Front Battles, September 1864 April 1865, Volume 2, the second in a ground-breaking, two-volume set.

Although commonly referred to as the "Siege of Petersburg," that city (as well as the Confederate capital at Richmond) was never fully isolated, and the combat involved much more than static trench warfare. In fact, much of the wide-ranging fighting involved large-scale Union offensives designed to cut important roads and the five rail lines feeding Petersburg and Richmond. The fighting included these major battles:

  • Peeble's Farm (September 29 October 1, 1864)
  • Burgess Mills (October 27, 1864)
  • Hatcher Run (February 5 7, 1865)
  • Fort Stedman (March 25, 1865)
  • Five Forks Campaign (March 29 April 1, 1865)
  • The Sixth Corps Breaks Lee's Petersburg Lines (April 2, 1865)

Here to speak with us about these pivotal battles is the one and only Ed Bearss. Ed is, quite simply, a national treasure. Anyone who has read his acclaimed histories or followed him across a battlefield would agree. With his encyclopedic knowledge, commanding narratives, and trademark silver-tipped swagger stick, he brings the triumphs and defeats of legendary generals and ordinary soldiers to vivid life. Ed is the chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service, a TV star, and a tour guide extraordinaire. Please join us for a fantastic 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


Beef Bourguignon, twice-baked potatoes, salad, rolls, vanilla cupcakes, coffee, tea, and water. The cost 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, February 17, 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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