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Registration now open for June 12 tour of New Manchester. See the activities page for more information.
May Meeting of Round Table
Cory Pfarr spoke at our May 11 meeting and made a fine presentation (via Zoom) on the subject of his book, Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment.
In his book Pfarr argues that Longstreet's record has been discredited unfairly, beginning with character assassination by his contemporaries after the war and, persistently, by historians in the decades since. The book presents an alternative view of Longstreet as an effective military leader, and refutes over a century of negative evaluations of his performance.
On June 8 our speaker will be our Richard Barksdale Harwell Award winner Hampton Newsome.
Newsome to Receive Award for Best Civil War Book Published in 2019
As previously announced,
The Fight for the Old North State: The Civil War in North Carolina, January-May 1864 , by Hampton Newsome, has been named by the Atlanta Civil War Round Table as the 2020 winner of the prestigious Richard Barksdale Harwell Award. The award-winning work was published by the University Press of Kansas.
Newsome is an independent author who lives in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to The Fight for the Old North State, he is the author of Richmond Must Fall: The Richmond- Petersburg Campaign, October 1864 (Kent State University Press, 2013), a study of Grant's and Lee's battles in the weeks before the 1864 election. He is also co-editor of Civil War Talks: Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans (University of Virginia Press, 2012), along with John Selby and John Horn. He is currently working on a study of the Blackberry Raid against Richmond during the Gettysburg Campaign.
Newsome was scheduled for the November 10, 2020, meeting, but the event was postponed because of the COVID pandemic.
Sign up for May 15 Field Trip to Jonesborough Battlefield
May 15 will find us in Jonesboro as we venture with Bill Dodd. Bill has spent decades studying this turning point of the Atlanta campaign and is a delightful resource for our Round Table.
Registrations for the Jonesborough Battlefield tour can be made online here:
While there will be no fee for this tour,
online contributions will support the Georgia Battlefields
Association. Contributions are always welcomed at this web address:
The Richard Barksdale Harwell Award Committee has selected Stephen Davis as the winner of the 2021 award for the best book on a Civil War topic published in 2020. Davis is being honored for his second volume of a two-part study of the generalship of John Bell Hood, Into Tennessee and Failure: John Bell Hood, published by Mercer University Press. Davis will speak at the November 2021 meeting of the Round Table at which time the award will be presented.
Two Video Book Reports Now Available
The Richard Barksdale Harwell Award Committee has begun to produce videos reviewing books that have been considered for the prestigious award. “We have always publicized the books chosen for the annual award,” said committee chairman Gary Barnes, “and with this new service we will also tell our members and others about the many other fine works on the Civil War that have been nominated.”
Barnes added that committee members may also produce reviews of other works as well. “We don’t need to limit ourselves to those nominated for the Harwell Award. There are also many other very worthy books.”
Click here for the review of Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood by Stephen Davis, done by Bob Fugate.
Click here for the review of The Union Assaults on Vicksburg, by Timothy B. Smith, also done by Bob Fugate.
Spring Field Trips
Executive Committee member John Miller has arranged four field trips to be held this spring. Our first outing, held on March 27, was a tour of Confederate lines on what is now the campus of Georgia Tech, led by Charlie Crawford. See the activities page for a report on the outing and some pictures.
We have had two field trips so far this year. On March 27 Charlie Crawford showed us the sites of the Confederate works defending Atlanta, now on the campus of Georgia Tech. On April 17, we went to Chickamauga for an examination of the park's battlefield monuments, guided by Jim Ogden.
Upcoming field trips:
May 15: Battle of Jonesboro, led by Bill Dodd.
June 17: Sweetwater Creek and the New Manchester Mill, with Sarah Kelehear as our guide.
Special restrictions will apply for all these field trips because of the COVID pandemic.
For more information please see this website's activities page.
Plans for Upcoming Zoom Meetings
At our May 11 meeting Cory Pfarr will speak on James Longstreet and his book Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment.
At the June 8 meeting our Harwell Award winner for 2020 will speak on the subject of his book, The Fight for the Old North State.
Top Row, L-R: Gordon Jones, Brian Wills, Bruce Stewart, Emmett Hall, Penn Templeman, Mike Behan, Grant Moseley, David Vaughan, Bill Erquitt, Grady Ireland, J.D. Humphries; Seated: Gould Hagler, Dudley Ottley, Barbara Long, Vicky Frolich, David Beale, Terry Kingery.
Dues for Campaign Year 2019-2020 are now payable. You may pay online via the link on this page.
The Atlanta Civil War Round Table was organized
in 1949 with the intent purpose to further the serious discussion and study of
the American Civil War.
Atlanta Civil War Round Table