Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Who: Jeffrey Hunt

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive


The conventional wisdom is that after the Battle of Gettysburg, Union General George Meade let Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia slip across the swollen Potomac back to Virginia, with no serious attempt to pursue and annihilate Lee’s wounded army. In reality, the Lincoln administration pressed George Meade to cross quickly in pursuit—and he did. Rather than follow in Lee’s wake, however, Meade moved south on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a cat-and-mouse game to outthink his enemy and capture the strategic gaps penetrating the high wooded terrain. His aim: to trap Lee in the northern reaches of the Shenandoah Valley and potentially bring about the decisive victory that had eluded him north of the Potomac.

The two weeks that followed were a grand chess match with everything at stake -- high drama filled with hard marching, cavalry charges, heavy skirmishing, and set-piece fighting that threatened to escalate into a major engagement with the potential to end the war in the Eastern Theater. The Gettysburg Campaign did not end at the banks of the Potomac on July 14 -- but deep in central Virginia, along the line of the Rappahannock, two weeks later.

You'll never think of Gettysburg the same way again after hearing Jeffrey Hunt. Jeffrey is Director of the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin, and an Adjunct Professor of History at Austin Community College, where he has taught since 1988. Prior to taking the post at the Texas Military Forces Museum, he was the Curator of Collections and Director of the Living History Program at the Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Government and a Masters Degree in History, both from the University of Texas. Jeffrey has written several excellent Civil War books, including The Last Battle of the Civil War: Palmetto Ranch and Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: The Forgotten Final Stage of the Gettysburg Campaign. Please join us for a great evening!

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


Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green salad, rolls, lemon bars, 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).


Please RSVP by 12 Noon on Tuesday, December 12, 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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