2007 Battle Anniversary Essay Competition

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Date: March 2, 2007

2007 Battle Anniversary Essay Competition

Research on your chosen topic is encouraged! The more you know about your subject matter, the more comfortable you will be with it and this will show in your essay. The essay judges have worked and studied in this field for years; impress them with your knowledge and origi­nal thought.

Topic #1 - How important was the fall of the city of Atlanta during the Atlanta Campaign to the outcome of the election of 1864?

Topic #2 - Explain the importance of the railroads to both the Union and Confederate Armies in the Atlanta Campaign.           

Topic #3 - How did cavalry operations (Union and Confederate) impact the local civilian population during the Atlanta Campaign?

What can you write about?

Who Can Enter?

The contest is open to all middle school (6-8 grades) and high school (9-12 grades) students from across the United States.

All students entering the contest must already be a middle or high-school student at the time of their essays’ submission.

Contest is not open to relatives of National Park Service or Kennesaw Mountain Historical Association employees.

The Rules...                         

Note: All information needed to enter the contest is printed here. It is not necessary to write or phone for more information.

*Middle school essays must be no fewer than 250 and no more than 600 words. High school essays must be no fewer than 700 and no more than 1200 words. All essays must be typewritten and double-spaced using 12-point font.  

*Essays must include a bibliography and high school students’ essays should also include end­notes and citations. Internet sources are accepted but should be properly cited.

*Each essay must include a stapled cover sheet and include your name and address, telephone number, email address (if available), current grade level, name of your school and topic chosen.

* Grammar, spelling and proper bibliographical and endnote reference formats count in the judges’ consideration.

*Students may write on only one of the essay top­ics. Multiple entries will cause neither essay to be considered.

*All essays must be postmarked by Monday, May 28, 2007. There will be no exceptions.

*Essays become property of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and will not be returned.

*Mail submissions to: 

             Essay Competition             Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive   
Kennesaw, GA30152   


*Winners will be notified via email or mail by June 15, 2007.



How to prepare to write

In order to write a good quality essay, we suggest that you do some research first. Try researching the old-fashioned way: hit the books. While the internet has great sources, be wary of some, especially those that lack proper citations and references. We encourage you to use primary sources. Civil War-era documents can give you terrific information.


Read as much as you can to familiarize yourself with the topic of your choosing. The more you know the more comfortable you will be with the topic. This will also make writing your essay easier. We have included below some suggested titles and sites that you may use but should not limit yourself to.


Writing an essay of this type can be a daunting task. For some, this is no big deal; for others, this may be your first time writing an essay in this format. Con­sider this good practice! Those of you with college in your futures will find that this is a typical require­ment of college papers.



Suggested Online Sites

Civil War History









Suggested Books:

Civil War History

Kennesaw Mountain June 1864 by Richard A. Baumgartner

Decision in the West by Albert Castel

Sherman’s Horsemen by David S. Evans

The Campaign for Atlanta by William F. Scaife

Remember these books are titles we are suggest­ing that you read. You are not required to use these books. Nor should they be the only books you use. If you do, the judges will know; your bibliography will have only these four books!


A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dis­sertations by Kate L. Turabian



Middle school and high school essays will be judged separately and there will be one winner for each level. Winners will be notified via email or mail by June 15, 2007.

Prizes include cash awards and selected items from Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

Prizes are courtesy of : 

Kennesaw Mountain Historical Association - www.kmha.org

Barnes and Noble Booksellers- www.bn.com


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