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Civil War anniversary remembered in Atlanta, Sandy Springs
by Nicole Dow
July 09, 2014 12:36 PM | 3943 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Kimberly Brigance, director of historic resources and programs, talks about the exhibit 'The War in Sandy Springs' at the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Kimberly Brigance, director of historic resources and programs, talks about the exhibit 'The War in Sandy Springs' at the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum.
One hundred and fifty years ago this month, Atlanta was in the midst of war.

In remembrance of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial anniversary — including the occupation of Sandy Springs July 8, 1864, and the Battle of Atlanta July 22, 1864 — several organizations have planned special programs, exhibits and events.

Heritage Sandy Springs has launched a speaker series, a series of re-enactment programs and a new exhibit at the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum.

The museum exhibit entitled “The War in Sandy Springs” will be open through April 1. Hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is free due to a grant by the Frances and Beverly DuBose Foundation. The museum is at 6075 Sandy Springs Circle.

Heritage’s Civil War Speaker Series will continue July 24 at 7 p.m. with a lecture by Steve Davis on “What the Yankees Did to Us.” It will conclude Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. with a program by John Inscoe on “Georgia’s Unknown Civil War History.” Lectures will be held in Heritage Hall at 6110 Bluestone Road.

The organization’s Blue and Gray Saturdays re-enactment series will pick up July 26 at 11 a.m. with a program entitled “Women and War.” The series will end Aug. 30 with a final program called “Federal Soldiers Take the Field” at 11 a.m. The events will take place at 6075 Sandy Springs Circle.


The following organizations and venues in Atlanta are also commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War:

History center

As part of its Civil War to Civil Rights series, the Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead, has several exhibitions for guests to view. The center will also host related programs as part of the series.

“Turning Point: The American Civil War” is a permanent display. “Wilbur Kurtz: History in ‘Gone With the Wind’” will be open through April 4. “Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Wray Jr. Civil War Collection will be open July 18 through March 15. “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect” will close Sunday.

The museum will also host a special weekend of programming July 18 through 20 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Peachtree Creek. Activities include storytelling, music and theater performances, a lecture, re-enactments, crafts, cooking demonstrations, guided tours of museum exhibits and more.

Museum admission is $16.50 for adults, $13 for seniors and students 13 and up and $11 for children 4 through 12.


Buckhead Heritage

Buckhead Heritage Society will host a lecture entitled An Iliad of Woes: Peachtree Creek and the Battles for Atlanta by Russell S. Bonds July 18 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The event will take place at the Bobby Jones Clubhouse, 384 Woodward Way. Tickets are $20 or $10 for society members.



B*ATL — an organization formed by the neighborhoods in Atlanta’s fifth council district to commemorate the Battle of Atlanta — will host a gala dinner, a 5K run, tours of former battle sites, re-enactments, concerts, theatrical performances, author lectures and more. Events begin Friday and are scheduled through July 20. Costs and locations vary. See the website below for more details.


Atlanta Cyclorama

The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, 800 Cherokee Ave., recognizes the war year-round, but there will be a few special events held in July.

Filmmakers Earl Ijames and Carl Russell will show a free sneak preview of their documentary “Colored Confederates and U.S. Colored Troops” Thursday at 7 p.m.

An exhibit entitled “Art Against the Wall: The Battle of Atlanta at 150” will open Friday at 72 Marietta Gallery. Admission is free.

The museum will host a free family fun day July 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during which attendees can enjoys hands-on activities focused on the Battle of Atlanta and the Civil War.

A Civil War-themed one-woman dance performance featuring jazz tap dancer and folklorist Germaine Ingram will be July 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children.


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