Austin Civil War Round Table

Our Next Meeting

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Who: Scott L. Mingus, Sr.

Where: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive

What:

Confederate brigadier general Harry T. Hays's First Louisiana Brigade--better known as the "Louisiana Tigers"--are justly famed for their attack on East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. However, the brigade also played a pivotal role at the Second Battle of Winchester, an important prelude to Gettysburg. In his fine book, The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863, Scott Mingus offers the first significant detailed exploration of the Louisiana Tigers during the entirety of the Gettysburg Campaign.

Combining soldiers' reminiscences with contemporary civilian accounts, Mingus breaks new ground by detailing the Tigers' march into Pennsylvania, their first trip to Gettysburg in the week before the battle, their two-day occupation of York, Pennsylvania--the largest northern town to fall to the Confederate army--and their march back to Gettysburg. He has found accounts of the Tigers' interaction with the local population during their invasion of Pennsylvania and citizens' reactions to the Tigers which have not been seen since they appeared in local newspapers over a century ago.

Here to tell us about the famous Tigers is distinguished author and historian Scott L. Mingus, Sr. Scott is an author, tour guide, multiple award-winning miniature wargamer, patented scientist, and history buff based near York, Pennsylvania. He has written 18 Civil War books, including an award-winning biography of Confederate General William "Extra Billy" Smith and an acclaimed book on the subject of our talk tonight, The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863. Please help us give Scott a warm Austin welcome!

Also, we will be holding our semi-annual book raffle for battlefield preservation, so please come early and buy lots of tickets!

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.

Austin Civil War Round Table - Map of Covenant Church

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

TBD. The cost will be $18 (please note price increase). 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 Monday, May 15, by contacting our electronic mailbox via telephone at (512) 916-3412. 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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