Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Who: Gordon C Rhea

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


The Overland Campaign of 1864, some 40-odd days of maneuver and combat between the Rapidan and James Rivers, pitted the Civil War's premier generals -- Lt. Gen Ulysses S. Grant for the Union, and Gen. Robert E. Lee for the Confederacy -- against one another in a grueling contest of endurance and guile.

Grant's strength was unwavering adherence to the strategic objective of neutralizing Lee's army. While he frequently stumbled, the overall pattern of his campaign was that of an innovative general employing thoughtful combinations of maneuver and force to bring a difficult adversary to bay. Lee's strengths were his resilience and the fierce devotion that he inspired in his men. He, too, made mistakes, often misreading Grant and placing his smaller army in peril, only to devise a creative solution that turned the tables on his adversary.

In many respects, the generals were similar. Each favored offensive operations and were willing to take risks; each labored under handicaps, although of different sorts; and each was bedeviled by subordinates who often seemed incapable of getting things right. Grant and Lee were about as evenly matched in military talent as any two opposing generals have ever been.

Here to tell us about this epic and bloody battle of wits is our friend Gordon C. Rhea. Gordon is considered the foremost expert on the Overland Campaign and is the author of a number of acclaimed books, includingThe Battles For Spotsylvania Court House And The Road To Yellow Tavern, May 7-12, 1864; The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5–6, 1864; To the North Anna River: Grant and Lee, May 13–25, 1864, winner of the Fletcher Pratt Literary Award; Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26–June 3, 1864, winner of the Austin Civil War Round Table’s Laney Prize, and Carrying the Flag: The Story of Private Charles Whilden, the Confederacy’s Most Unlikely Hero. When not researching and writing on the Civil War, he works as an attorney in Charleston, S.C. Please help us welcome Gordon back to Austin!

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.

The November meeting will be held in Eaton Hall (see map below). If the church parking lot is full, ACWRT members may park in the Northwest Recreation Center parking lot just east of the church.

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


Artichoke chicken with pasta, golden rice pilaf, salad of mixed field greens, rolls and butter, blondies, coffee, tea, and water. The cost of dinner 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, November 18, 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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