The Civil War in 1864
Gettysburg National Military Park Mid-Winter Lecture Series 2014
Today's Program: Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta Campaign, with Dan Vermilya.
The fall of Atlanta in September 1864 ranks as one of the most important Union victories of the American Civil War. Yet, at the outset of the campaign, Union success was far from a sure thing. On June 27 the Confederate army under Gen. Joseph Johnston made a determined stand on Kennesaw Mountain, blocking the road to Atlanta for the Union army under General William Tecumseh Sherman. Sherman chose to make a frontal assault upon Johnston's position which resulted in some of the hardest, and most costly fighting of the entire campaign. Although a Confederate victory, the battle at Kennesaw Mountain provided important lessons for Sherman and his men that ultimately helped them to capture Atlanta some two months later.
This series of free, one-hour programs begins at 1:30 p.m., in one of the theaters at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Additional lectures will take place on weekends through March 9 and are free of charge. Full schedule available by calling 717-334-1124 x 8023 or by visiting www.nps.gov/gett