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Civil War History Day

Civil War History Day at the Southern Museum

Join us for Civil War History Day featuring weapon demonstrations, living history, quill pen writing, and more hands-on activities. Plus, Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer will deliver three lectures: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon. Regular museum admission fee applies.

November 11, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

  • Hourly Weapon Demonstrations
  • Civil War Soldiers
  • Hands-on Activities
  • Candle Dipping
  • Quill Pen Writing

Lectures Presented by Historian Michael K. Shaffer

Historian Michael K. Shaffer

10 AM: Civil War in Georgia

11 AM: War in the Western Theatre

12 PM: Grant & Sherman: Together in Victory

Civil War in Georgia

Georgia: a state rich with Civil War history, from the struggles for her coastal fortifications, to an attempt to steal a steam locomotive, and the many battles fought on her soil. This lecture will explore the various wartime actions and key participants, beginning with the January 1861 secession vote and culminating with the May 1865 capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis near Irwinville.

Civil War in the Western Theater

From the 1862 capture of Forts Henry and Donelson, to 1864's March to the Sea, many pivotal campaigns and battles during the American Civil War took place in the Western Theater. During this lecture, Shaffer will discuss military action at Shiloh, Perryville, Stones River, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and other battles fought in an area, which most historians agree decided the outcome of the war.

Grant and Sherman - Together in Victory

During the American Civil War, the early bond developed between U.S. Grant and William T. Sherman-officers with different personalities, strengths, and weaknesses-ultimately, led the Federals to victory.  This talk will compare and contrast the leadership styles of both men, examine their personalities, and look at their respective battlefield performances.

Program Free with Regular Museum Admission

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