Friday, April 29, 2011

2nd Annual The Face of Battle Symposium

The Face of Battle: The Struggle Begins

In commemoration of the pivotal events that occurred 150 years ago during the volatile year of 1861, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in conjunction with The Friends of the Park will present the second annual The Face of Battle symposium, focusing on the events of 1861 and how they affected the Chattanooga area as the country went to war. The symposium will be presented at the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, TN on Saturday, May 7th, 2011. This program will be free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Schedule and Speakers:

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Rebels With A Cause: East Tennessee’s Confederate Population
Dr. John Fowler, Director of the Bandy Heritage Center and Professor of History,
Dalton State College

11:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m. The First Year of the War in Georgia, 1860-1861
Dr. Keith Bohannon, Associate Professor of History, University of West Georgia

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Loyal Cavaliers: Tennessee’s Unionist Cavalrymen
Myers Brown, Tennessee State Museum

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. The Confederate Flags of 1861: From Secession to War
Greg Biggs, Author

3:15 p.m. End of Symposium

To make reservations, please contact Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP the Chickamauga Visitor Center at 706-866-9241.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

150 Years Ago

Wow, where does the time go? Well, the past few months have been incredibly busy, finishing and starting several projects and going on a ten day detail for the 150th Anniversary of Fort Sumter. Still have some good plans for the blog if I ever have the time to impliment them. So the purpose of this post is a brief note about the beginning of the 150ths. I really enjoyed my time in Charleston, although I can assure you that I havent worked that hard since I was "working" for my Dad in a hayfield. The 150th from my perspective wasnt really what I expected, although busy it wasnt overwhelming and the reenacted bombardment was kind of cool, but not as big as I expected it to be. Of course the threatened Govt shutdown did have an impact on some of this, but still it leaves me wondering what the impact of the 150s is going to be.