• Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    Kennesaw Mountain

    National Battlefield Park Georgia

Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 03/11/2013, 04/08/2013, 05/13/2013, 09/23/2013, 10/14/2013, 11/11/2013

    Location: 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:

Date Lecturer Topic
March 11th
Anton Heinlein
General Charles Harker

Mr. Heinlein is discussing General Charles Harker, commander of the Third Brigade,
Second Division, IV Corps, Army of the Cumberland who was killed in the fighting at Cheatham's Hill on June 27, 1864. Mr. Heinlein is a member of the interpretive staff at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park where he has served for nearly 20 years. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Pittsburg with a degree in history.

April 8th
Mike Shafer
"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.
May 13th
Brad Quinlin
"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
Archives Pension Request files and is from the files of soldiers who are buried in the Marietta National Cemetery. Mr. Quinlin is a prominent local historian and graduate of Temple University and will signing his book "In the Shadow of a Grim and Silent Kennesaw" following his discussion.

September 23rd
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.

October 14th
Dr. Keith Bohannon
Revealing the Reasons They Fought: Reenlistments in the Confederate Army of Tennessee in the winter of 1863-1864


Many of the soldiers in the Army of Tennessee had enlistments that would expire in the spring of 1864, but their units passed resolutions while in winter camps at Dalton, Georgia to reenlist for the duration of the conflict.  This presentation will examine these resolutions, which often appeared in Southern newspapers, as well as private sentiments about reenlistment that appear in letters and diaries.  These resolutions and the debates over reenlistment provide an important window into the reasons why Confederate soldiers continued fighting after two years of war. The talk is adopted from an essay by Keith Bohannon that appears in the book Inside the Confederate Nation edited by John Inscoe and Lesley Gordon and published by Louisiana State University Press is 2007.

November 11th
Phillip Whiteman
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.

Staff reserves the right to change or cancel events due to inclement weather, staffing issues, or dangerous conditions. For more information, please call (770)-427-4686 ext. 0 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.