Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Who: Victoria Bynum

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive

What:

Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newton Knight, they set up headquarters in the swamps of the Leaf River, where, legend has it, they declared the Free State of Jones.

The story of the Jones County rebellion is well known among Mississippians, and debate over whether the county actually seceded from the state during the war has smoldered for more than a century. Adding further controversy to the legend is the story of Newt Knight's interracial romance with his wartime accomplice, Rachel, a slave. From their relationship there developed a mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended, and the ambiguous racial identity of their descendants confounded the rules of segregated Mississippi well into the twentieth century.

Here to speak with us about this remarkable story is distinguished author and scholar Victoria Bynum. Dr. Bynum is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Texas State University. Her research focuses on Southern dissenters, including families that opposed secession and the Confederacy, and her book on the Free State of Jones has been made into a major motion picture starring Austin's own Matthew McConaughey. Her books include The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and its Legacies, The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War, and Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South. Please help us welcome Victoria 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.

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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

Rations

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).

Reservations

Please RSVP by 12 Noon on Monday, October 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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