Saturday, October 17, 2009

Seminar will bring Civil War to life

The Southern Museum hopes to draw aficianados and those new to the subject at "The Civil War in Georgia," its first academic seminar.

Five authors will be at the 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 24 event at the Kennesaw, Ga., venue.

“This will show Georgians the Civil War story right in their back yard,” said Jennifer Legates, director of curriculum and educational initiatives at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.

Authors will discuss battlefield and homefront implications of the war. They are:

Tammy Harden Galloway, author of “Dear Old Roswell: The Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, GA”. The book features letters from the Barrington King family.

Kurt D. Graham, author of “To Honor These Men: A History of the Phillips Georgia Legion Infantry Battalion.” Members of the unit with stationed at Camp McDonald, not far from the museum.

John Randolph Poole, author of “Cracker Cavaliers: A Regimental History of the Second Georgia Cavalry under Wheeler and Forrest”

Dr. John Fowler, contributor to “New Georgia Encyclopedia”

Russell Bonds, author of “Stealing the General.” The famed locomotive from the Great Locomotive Chase is the star of the Southern Museum collection.

Onsite registration is $20, which includes admission to the museum’s permanent exhibits. Light refreshments are provided. Guests must provide their own lunch.

The Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities are sponsors.

Call 770-427-2117, ext. 3177, or go to the museum Web site for registration info. A coupon at the site provides a $2 discount.

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