Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Who: Ed Bearss

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


Despite our perceived notions of the Victorian era, the men and women who lived through the Civil War did not always pass their time in sepia-toned propriety. Drinking and dalliances were as common then as they are today, embezzlement and fraud were just as tempting, and disagreements between gentlemen that couldn't be resolved by a lawsuit were just as likely to end in a duel. If Johnny Reb and Billy Yank were not always choirboys, their officers often did little to set a good example. The rise of cheap, sensational newspapers guaranteed that a gossip-hungry public could savor every juicy, salacious detail.

Here to lead us down that garden path is the renowned Ed Bearss. Ed is a legendary historian and author whose public career began at the National Park Service in Vicksburg, Mississippi. While there, he conducted research leading to the recovery of the long-lost Union gunboat Cairo and located two forgotten forts at Grand Gulf, Mississippi. In 1981 he became the National Park Service chief historian for military sites. Now retired, Ed continues to serve as a Civil War consultant and celebrated battlefield guide. He was a featured commentator for Ken Burns' PBS series The Civil War and A&E's Civil War Journal. Please help us welcome the one and only Ed Bearss!

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


Pot roast, parsley potatoes, green salad, rolls, apple turnovers, 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).


Please RSVP by 12 Noon on Tuesday, February 16, 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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