Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, January 20, 2022

Who: Ed Cotham

Where: Chez Zee Restaurant banquet room, 5406 Balcones Drive


Juneteenth has been touted as a national day celebrating the end of slavery. Observances from coast to coast have turned this event into part of the national conversation about race, slavery, and how Americans understand, acknowledge, and explain what has been called the national "original sin."

But, why Juneteenth? Where did this celebration -- which promises to become a national holiday --come from? What is the origin story? What are the facts, and legends, around this important day in the nation's history? As the United States continues to wrestle with race relations and the meaning of full equality, Juneteenth promises to become an important expression of that equality -- an Independence Day celebration in its own right, a couple of weeks in advance of the traditional July 4th Holiday.

We are thrilled to welcome Ed Cotham to our Round Table to speak about Juneteenth. Ed Cotham is the prize-winning author of numerous books and articles on the history of Civil War Texas. Known as "Mr. Civil War Galveston" because of his many years as a popular lecturer and battlefield guide in that city, Ed has appeared frequently on television and the radio to share his passion for the history of the Lone Star State. In addition to his work on land, Ed is a Texas Marine Steward and has served as project historian for several Civil War shipwrecks in Texas waters. When not researching and writing, Ed serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Terry Foundation. Please join us in welcoming Ed to our Round Table!

Program Location and Details

Please RSVP to David White at by Tuesday, January 11. If you wish to receive a meal, there will be a limited dinner menu available for $25, including tip. The selections will be sent via email.

A cash bar will be available but you will need to open a tab with the restaurant for that.

If you do not wish to take a meal, please RSVP to David by noon Tuesday, January 11, as well. We can accept non-meal guests up until 5 p.m. on the 18th of January. The venue has asked that no one bring any outside meals or drinks into the restaurant.

Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The program will commence at 7:15 p.m. Meeting and meal is $25.00 and meeting only is $5.00 for members.

If you have any questions, please call David White at (512) 497-4832 or Mike Watkins at (512) 970-5548.


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