Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Who: Janet E. Croon

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive

What:

LeRoy Wiley Gresham was born in 1847 to an affluent slave-holding family in Macon, Georgia. After a horrific leg injury left him an invalid, the educated and perceptive 12-year-old began keeping a diary in 1860 -- just as secession and the Civil War began tearing the country apart. He continued to write even as his health deteriorated until both the war and his life ended. His unique manuscript of the demise of the Old South--lauded by the Library of Congress as one of its premier holdings--has been published for the first time in The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865.

An exceptionally bright and witty boy, LeRoy read books, devoured newspapers and magazines, listened to gossip, and discussed and debated important social and military issues with his parents and others. He wrote daily for five years, putting pen to paper with a tongue-in-cheek humor that impresses even now. His pithy observations on politics, the war, slavery and his family's declining fortunes are an incredible record of the time period. In a heartbreaking twist, LeRoy chronicled his own slow and painful descent toward death in tandem with the demise of the Confederacy.

We are thrilled to welcome the editor of LeRoy's diary, Janet E. Croon, to our Round Table. Janet holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Modern European History, and Russian Language and Area Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's Degree in International Studies from the University of Dayton. She has taught International Baccalaureate History for nearly two decades and developed a deep interest in the Civil War by living in northern Virginia. She is the author of The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865. Please help us give Janet a warm Austin welcome!

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

Rations

Chicken piccata, sides, 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).

Reservations

Please RSVP by 12 Noon on Tuesday, January 15, 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!

 

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