Austin Civil War Round Table

Uncle Sam Wants You - Again!

How many of you wish you could sit down and talk with a veteran of the Civil War? Someone who fought at Shiloh, Gettysburg, or Antietam? How would you like to have dinner with a nurse who worked with Clara Barton? Or a soldier who survived Andersonville?

Substitute Guadalcanal, Inchon, or Khe Sahn for the legendary Civil War battles, and you will have something of an idea of what is like for our younger members to enjoy the friendship of our many ACWRT members who are veterans of the Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. While we meet every month to discuss the war that saved the Union, we have a tremendous living legacy among our very own members, whose service and sacrifice changed the world.

While we can't go back in time to interview the veterans of the Civil War, we can preserve the heritage we have in our own Round Table. We are beginning a new project to record your stories and make them available on our web site.

We want to talk to our veterans, home front workers, medical personnel, other service personnel, as well as anybody who has childhood memories theyıd like to share. Each small piece of the daily life, humor, and heartbreak that can be told now, will allow future generations to understand -- and remember. If you have photos, letters, poems, etc. from your wartime experience that you can share, we will share those along with your story (all items will be carefully digitized and returned).

In other words, we want to talk to YOU. And all you have to do is tell us that you have a story to tell. We'll do the rest! Please -- leave your legacy. Share your story.

To participate in the ACWRT Wartime Heritage project, please contact the ACWRT webmaster, Mary Clare, at webmaster@austincivilwar.org.

 

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