Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Who: Gordon C. Rhea

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


With On to Petersburg, Gordon C. Rhea completes his much-lauded history of the Overland Campaign, a series of battles fought between Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee in southeastern Virginia in the spring of 1864. On to Petersburg follows the action from the Union army's initial movement to the James River up to the initial assault on Petersburg.

In the immediate aftermath of the Union's three-day attack on Confederate troops at Cold Harbor, Grant's primary goal was not--as often supposed--to take Richmond, but rather to destroy Lee's army by closing off its retreat routes and disrupting its supply chains. While Grant struggled at times to communicate strategic objectives and to adapt his army to a faster-paced, more flexible style of warfare, he eventually shifted momentum in the Union's favor. Lee, facing a better-provisioned army whose troops outnumbered his two to one, fought the Union army to an impasse, employing risky, innovative field tactics to counter Grant's forces.

We are thrilled to welcome distinguished author and historian Gordon C. Rhea to our Round Table to discuss the final battles of the Overland Campaign. On to Petersburg represents decades of research and scholarship and is the winner of the 2018 Laney Prize. An attorney in Charleston, South Carolina, Mr. Rhea is the author of four previous books about the Overland Campaign, including The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864, winner of the Civil War Regiments Book Award; The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7-12, 1864; and Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1864, winner of the 2003 Laney Prize. Please help us welcome Gordon back to Austin!

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


Lasagna, salad, vegetables, dessert, coffee, tea, and water. The cost will be $12. 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, October 16, by contacting Mike Watkins via telephone at (512) 970-5548. 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!


Meeting Schedule for 2018-2019

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