Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Who: Keith Bohannon

Where: Chez Zee Restaurant banquet room, 5406 Balcones Drive

What:

The Battle of Fort Stedman, also known as the Battle of Hare's Hill, was fought on March 25, 1865, during the final weeks of the American Civil War. The Union Army fortification in the siege lines around Petersburg, Virginia, was attacked in a pre-dawn Confederate assault by troops led by Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon. The attack was the last serious attempt by Confederate troops to break the Siege of Petersburg. After an initial success, Gordon's men were driven back by Union troops of the IX Corps commanded by Maj. Gen. John G. Parke.

A distinguished visitor came close to witnessing the action on March 25. President Abraham Lincoln was conferring with General Grant and a division-size review parade was scheduled nearby for that morning. Because of the Confederate attack, the review was postponed until that afternoon. A Confederate prisoner was amazed to see the general and president so soon after what he considered a massive attack, riding "by us seemingly not the least concerned and as if nothing had happened." He and his fellow prisoners took note of this self-confidence and "with one accord agreed that our cause was lost."

After the battle, Lee's defeat was only a matter of time. His final opportunity to break the Union lines and regain the momentum was gone. The Battle of Fort Stedman was the final offensive action of the Army of Northern Virginia. One week later the Union Army broke the Confederate lines ending the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign. Immediately following was the Appomattox Campaign and the final surrender of Lee's army on April 9, 1865.

We are thrilled to welcome Keith Bohannon to our Round Table to speak about the Battle of Fort Stedman. Keith Bohannon is professor of history at the University of West Georgia and teaches courses on the history of Georgia, the antebellum South, Jacksonian American, and the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction. His research focus is on the interaction during the Civil War between the soldiers and civilians on the battlefield and homefront, particularly in Georgia. In the past, Dr. Bohannon has worked for several U.S. National Parks as a historian and exhibits planner. Please join us in welcoming Keith to our Round Table!

Program Location and Details

Please RSVP to David White at hdwhite1978@att.net by Sunday, May 15. If you wish to receive a meal, there will be a limited dinner menu available for $25, including tip. The selections will be sent via email.

A cash bar will be available but you will need to open a tab with the restaurant for that.

If you do not wish to take a meal, please RSVP to David by noon Tuesday, May 17. We can accept non-meal guests up until 5 p.m. on the 17th of May. The venue has asked that no one bring any outside meals or drinks into the restaurant.

Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program will commence at 7:15 p.m. Meeting and meal is $25.00 and meeting only is $5.00 for members.

If you have any questions, please call David White at (512) 497-4832 or Mike Watkins at (512) 970-5548.

 

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