Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table

Keeping Civil War History Alive in Our Nation's Capital

Home - Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table

 Join us on November 6, 2017, when Ed Cotham discusses "13 Minutes in the Gulf: The Battle between CSS Alabama and USS Hatteras"

On January 11, 1863, the Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama lured USS Hatteras off the coast of Galveston, Texas, and sunk her in a battle that lasted only thirteen minutes. Although brief, the battle had important ramifications for the course of the war and naval strategy. The battle was the only battle that Alabama ever won against another warship and bears the distinction of involving what was probably the first sinking of an iron -hulled worksheet in naval history. In his presentation, Ed  will describe the battle and its importance and discuss the wreck and its preservation.

Ed Cotham is a former President of the Houston Civil War Roundtable and is active in a wide variety of historic preservation groups. Ed is a Maritime Steward for the Texas Historical Commission and has served as a Project Historian for several shipwreck projects, including the project that involved documentation of the wreck of USS Hatteras.. In addition to leading battlefield tours, Ed is the author of four books on the Civil War, including The Southern Journey of a Civil War Marine and The Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston When he is not researching and writing on the Civil War, Ed serves as Director and Chief Investment Officer for the Terry Foundation. The Terry Foundation is the largest private provider of scholarships in Texas.


The presentation is free of charge. While a donation to help defray costs is appreciated, it is not required. 


Join us at 5:30 pm in the John Cosgrove Members' Lounge (formerly the Game Room). The National Press Club menu will challenge your palette and the very capable Club staff will be able to meet any libation request. Please bring cash or checks for payment. Please note that no dinner orders will be taken after 6:30.


The CHCWRT meets in the newly renovated John Cosgrove Members' Lounge of the prestigious and historic National Press Club, which is located at 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045, on the 13th floor.

The National Press Building is conveniently located approximately two blocks from Metro Center (Blue, Orange and Red Lines).

FREE parking is available at the PMI garage located on the North side of G Street between 13th and 14th Streets, if you arrive at the garage after 5:00 p.m. and purchase food and/or drinks at the National Press Club. Just bring your parking ticket to the meeting for validation.