Multiple Days: 03/11/2013, 04/08/2013, 05/13/2013, 09/23/2013, 10/14/2013, 11/11/2013Location: Visitor Center Time: 7:00 PM Fee Information: Free
Monday night programs are offered each fall and spring, offering visitors an array of educational talks. Programs take place in the park Visitor Center at 7:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
2013 Lecture Series Dates:
||General Charles Harker
Mr. Heinlein is discussing General Charles Harker, commander of the Third Brigade,
||"I Made Good All I proposed' Francis Shoup and the Chattahoochee River Line"
Mr. Shaffer is recounting how the River Line did not stop Major General William T. Sherman's advance upon Atlanta, the fortifications did slow the approaching Federals long enough for General Joe Johnston to ensure a safe retreat of his Confederate forces and supply trains across the Chattahoochee River. A review of period documents leads one to believe Brigadier General Francis Shoup, the architect of the line, struggled to obtain
notoriety during the war. Mr. Shaffer is an Assistant Director/Lecturer with the Civil War Center at Kennesaw State University.
||"In the Shadow of a Grim and Silent Kennesaw, Soldiers' Letters from the Kennesaw Mountain Battle Line"
Mr. Quinlin is discussing the correspondence correspondence found in the National
||William Witherspoon, Pamela J.W. Gore
||Geology and the War in Georgia
Learn how the geology of the area between Chattanooga and Atlanta influenced the military campaigns of 1863 and 1864. Geologist and Roadside Geology of Georgia co-author Dr. Bill Witherspoon of Atlanta’s Fernbank Science Center explains why a tunnel existed at Tunnel Hill and a deep rail cut at Allatoona Pass, why the narrow ridges from Chattanooga to Dalton give way to less defensible low hills southward to Cartersville, and why Kennesaw Mountain stands as the last barrier north of the Chattahoochee River. Learn the origin of local natural resources that supported the Confederate war effort, such as saltpeter, iron, and waterpower.
Copies of Roadside Geology of Georgia will be sold, and a book signing will follow the talk. The book, which is part of a highly successful series published by Mountain Press, will be available by the end of May, so any time after that would probably be best. I would offer this program without charge to NPS. Please let me know if you are interested.
||Dr. Keith Bohannon
||Revealing the Reasons They Fought: Reenlistments in the Confederate Army of Tennessee in the winter of 1863-1864
||Mail Call: a look at letters from Sherman's Soldiers by Phillip Whiteman
This presentation will look into Union soldiers in the Western theater sending and receiving letters before, during and after the Atlanta Campaign. We will look at the writing and postal materials used to send thoughts, hopes, conditions and all too often, condolences to the home front. Examples of original letters written found in the National Archives will be shown. A brief tutorial on how to find original soldier's letters will also be given at this presentation.
Philip Whiteman is a native Atlantan and has a history degree from the university of Alabama. He is an active researcher of the societal and material culture of the Civil war Era. He participates in living history programs at National Parks and historical sites and is a member of the Kennesaw Mountain Cannon Crew. Currently, Phillip assists part-time at the Roswell Historical Society library and Archives and is currently digitizing and cataloging the military manuscripts at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battleield Park library.