Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Who: James B. Conroy

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


In February 1865, Abraham Lincoln slipped quietly out of the White House and traveled south to Virginia to meet three Confederate leaders on a steamboat at Hampton Roads. Their goal was a peaceful end to the Civil War. Meant to end the fighting on peaceful terms, the meeting lasted only four hours, and broke up in a stalemate. The Confederacy wouldn’t give up independence, the Union would not budge on emancipation. The war would drag on for two more bloody, destructive months.

Through meticulous research of both primary and secondary sources, James Conroy is the first to write a book-length account of the doomed peace negotiations, told through the characters who lived it. With a fresh and immediate perspective, Our One Common Country offers a thrilling and eye-opening look into the inability of our nation's leaders to find a peaceful solution. The failure of the Hamptons Roads Conference shaped the course of American history and the future of America’s wars to come.

We are pleased to welcome James B. Conroy to our Round Table. A graduate of the University of Connecticut and the Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Conroy has been a trial lawyer in Boston for 32 years, having first pursued a public affairs career in Washington, D.C. as a House and Senate press secretary, speechwriter, and chief of staff. He served for six years in the United States Navy reserve in antisubmarine aviation units. Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 is his first book, born of a love of history and a lifelong ambition to contribute to it. Please join us for a fascinating evening!

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


TBD. The cost will be $15. 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, January 13, 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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