Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Who: Donald S. Frazier

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


With his highly acclaimed "Louisiana Quadrille" series, Dr. Donald Frazier has done the near-impossible: blazed a new trail in the well-trodden terrain of Civil War scholarship. His previous books, Fire in the Cane Field and Thunder Across the Swamp, covered the action in the Trans-Mississippi from the beginning of the war up until the fateful summer of 1863. The third-installment, Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans-Mississippi, gives us a well-written and beautifully researched account of how the twin sieges at Vicksburg and Port Hudson affected the fighting in the Trans-Mississippi, including Walker's assault on Milliken's Bend and Richard Taylor's capture of Brashear City.

A major subject of the book is slaves, their liberation, and what happened to the thousands of newly freed people as the contending armies moved back and forth across Louisiana. As Dr. Frazier writes, the Union and Confederate authorities seemed obsessed with who physically controlled these people, but unfortunately, many former slaves did not fare well in the ensuing chaos and were abandoned to a sorry fate.

We are thrilled to welcome our good friend Donald Frazier back to the Round Table to receive the 2016 Laney Prize. Don is the award-winning author of Blood and Treasure; Cottonclads!; Fire in the Cane Field (2010 Laney Prize winner); and Thunder Across the Swamp. His other work includes serving as co-author of Frontier Texas and editor of Love and War: The Civil War Letters and Medicinal Book of Augustus V. Ball. Donald lives in Abilene, Texas with his wife Susan and his two daughters. Donald is currently a Professor of History at McMurry University. Please help us welcome Don back to Austin as we close out another great campaign!

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


Smoked brisket, potato salad, cole slaw, rolls, cheesecake, coffee, tea, and water. 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, June 20, 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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