Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Who: Jeffrey W. Hunt

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive

What:

More than two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, the New York Times reported a most surprising piece of news. On May 12-13, the last battle of the Civil War had been fought at the southernmost tip of Texas -- resulting in a Confederate victory. Although Palmito Ranch did nothing to change the war's outcome, it added the final irony to a conflict replete with ironies, unexpected successes, and lost opportunities.

This belated conflict pitted the United States' 62nd Colored Troops and the 34th Indiana Veteran Volunteer Infantry against Texas cavalry and artillery battalions commanded by Colonel John S. "Rip" Ford. Because of the unusual circumstances, it has become both one of the most forgotten and most mythologized battles of the Civil War.

Here to set the record straight on Palmito Ranch is acclaimed author and historian Jeffrey W. Hunt. Jeff is the Director of the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, and the author of the excellent book, The Last Battle of the Civil War: Palmetto Ranch. Please help us welcome Jeff to our Round Table!

PLEASE NOTE: our scheduled speaker for June, Laney Prize winner David Powell, has had to cancel due to an illness in the family. His talk has been rescheduled for May 2018.

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.

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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

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).

Reservations

Please RSVP by 12 Noon on Monday, June 19, 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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