DeKalb History Center holds Civil War symposium

Posted by Dena Mellick July 8, 2015
The historic Decatur GA courthouse

The historic Decatur GA courthouse

History buffs, take note: the DeKalb History Center is holding a Civil War symposium this Saturday, July 11.

The event starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 3:30 p.m., according to Decatur’s blog. Historians will be discussing the people and events in Atlanta and DeKalb County during the civil war.

Here is the city’s description of what to expect:

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a Civil War walking tour of downtown Decatur followed at 10 a.m. with a presentation by Gordon Jones of the Atlanta History Center entitled The Battles In and Around Atlanta. At 11 a.m. Robert A. Pratt of the University of Georgia will present The Fate of the Freedmen. The 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. segments are both free and sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council.

Lunch and a panel discussion with Pratt, Jones and Will Bryant from The Battle of Atlanta Commemorative Organization (B’ATL) will begin at noon. Lunch will be provided by Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q and will be followed at 1 p.m. with a production of Shadows of the Past, a play about the Civil War in DeKalb County.

From 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. there will be guided bus tours of the front lines of the war in DeKalb County by B’ATL (The Battle of Atlanta Commemorative Organization). There is a $15 charge for the bus tour and advance reservations are required.

Advance paid reservations include all events except the bus tour. The advanced reservation price is $35 per person for members of DeKalb History Center and $40 for non-members. The bus tour is an additional $15 per person. Walk up tickets are $60 per person and do not include the bus tour.

For additional information visit To register by phone call (404) 373-1088, ext. 20.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Great News! It wasn’t that long ago that you could visit the DeKalb History Center and see exhibits about Decatur history including the important role that Decatur played in the Battle of Atlanta. I recall that there was a separate room filled with Civil War weapons, uniforms and artifacts. Today you are more likely to see exhibits on the development of the suburbs or the publication history of the Great Speckled Bird. These are important reminders of the past for many current Decatur residents but I am looking forward to the symposium for other reasons. I remember how my love of local history was influenced by the events in Decatur associated with the Civil War centennial in 1964. Even though I may know more about the Battle of Decatur than most participants, I’m sure that I will learn quite a bit from the experts. There will be unfortunately a few politically correct types who will want to condemn the Confederate Memorial and other aspects of Southern heritage but the majority of attendees will be like me, local history buffs and others who want to learn more about the events and individuals that helped shape American greatness.
    Can’t wait!

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