Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Who: Lorien Foote

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive

What:

During the winter of 1864, more than 3,000 Federal prisoners of war escaped from Confederate prison camps into South Carolina and North Carolina, often with the aid of local slaves. Their flight created, in the words of contemporary observers, a "Yankee plague," heralding a grim end to the Confederate cause. The collapse of the Confederate prison system and the large-scale escape of Union soldiers signaled the unraveling of the Confederate States of America.

By this point in the war, the Confederacy was reeling from prison overpopulation, a crumbling military, violence from internal enemies, and slavery’s breakdown. The fugitive Federals moving across the countryside in mass numbers accelerated the collapse as slaves and deserters decided the presence of these men presented an opportune moment for escalated resistance.

We are thrilled to welcome distinguished author and historian Lorien Foote to our Round Table to discuss the effects of Union prisoner escapes on the end of the war. Lorien Foote is the Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor in History at Texas A&M University. She is the author of four books, including The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners of War (2016), which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, and The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Manhood, Honor, and Violence in the Union Army (2010), which was a finalist and honorable mention for the 2011 Lincoln Prize. She is the creator and principal investigator of the Digital Humanities Project "Fugitive Federals," which visualizes the escape and movement of 3000 Federal prisoners of war during the American Civil War (http://www.ehistory.org/projects/fugitive-federals.html). Please help us give Lorien a warm 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

Beef and chicken fajitas, dessert, coffee, tea, and water. 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, November 13, 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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