Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Who: David A. Powell

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive

What:

Chickamauga, according to soldier rumor, is a Cherokee word meaning "River of Death." It certainly lived up to that grim sobriquet in September 1863 when the Union Army of the Cumberland and Confederate Army of Tennessee waged bloody combat along the banks of West Chickamauga Creek. The second largest battle of the Civil War produced 35,000 casualties and one of the last, clear-cut Confederate tactical victories -- a triumph that for a short time reversed a series of Rebel defeats and reinvigorated the hope for Southern independence. At issue was Chattanooga, the important "gateway to the South" and logistical springboard into Georgia.

Despite its size, importance, and fascinating cast of characters, this epic Western Theater battle has received but scant attention. David A. Powell has masterfully rectified this oversight with his magnificent Chickamauga Trilogy. The first installment, A Mad Irregular Battle, introduced readers to the major characters of this sweeping drama and carried them from the Union crossing of the Tennessee River in August 1863 up through the bloody but inconclusive combat of the first and second days of the battle (September 18 and 19, 1863). Glory or the Grave, the second volume, focused on September 20 -- the decisive third day of fighting that included the Confederate late-morning breakthrough and the desperate Union final stand on Horseshoe Ridge. Powell's Laney award-winning final installment, Barren Victory, opens at dawn on Monday, September 21, 1863, with Union commander William S. Rosecrans in Chattanooga and most of his Federal army in Rossville, Georgia. Confederate commander Braxton Bragg has won the signal victory of his career, but has yet to fully grasp the fruits of his success, and the three grueling days of combat have broken the Army of Tennessee and make a vigorous pursuit nearly impossible.

We are thrilled to welcome David A. Powell to receive his long-awaited 2017 Laney Prize. David is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a BA in history. He went to work in the family business, CBS Messenger, in the Chicago area, but never lost his intense interest in military history, especially in the American Civil War. He has published articles in a number of magazines, more than fifteen historical simulations of various battles, and led tours to various sites. For the past decade David's focus has been on the epic battle of Chickamauga. Please help us give David 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.

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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

Mesquite-Grilled Beef and Chicken Fajitas, Rice, Beans, Cheese, Sour Cream, Tres Leches Cake. Tea and Coffee. 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, May 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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