Civil War artifacts featured at symposium

A portion of the William A. Foster Jr. Civil War Collection will be on display for the first time…

Georgia (May 5, 2006) — Civil War artifacts featured at symposium

Karen Kennedy


Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or

A portion of the William A. Foster Jr. Civil War Collection will be on display for the first time at Kennesaw State University May 12 and 13 during the Civil War Symposium. The symposium‚ “Robert E. Lee: the man‚ the general‚ the legend‚” will be held at KSU Center‚ Friday‚ 6−8:30 p.m. and Saturday‚ 9 a.m.−2 p.m. The symposium is free for all lectures and open to the public‚ though registration is required. There is a fee for Friday night dinner or Saturday lunch.

“Foster’s collection tells an important story about north Georgia’s rich Civil War history‚” said Catherine Lewis‚ associate professor of history at KSU. The collection‚ now owned by Foster’s two sons‚ William A. Foster III and John Foster‚ includes Confederate belt buckles inscribed with “CSA‚” surgical instruments‚ letters‚ Confederate money‚ an unexploded shell and an 1861 Springfield rifle.

Other highlights of the symposium include a keynote address by Gary Gallagher of the University of Virginia‚ who has been called the premier Civil War historian in the country. Troy Harman of Gettysburg National Military Park and Earl J. Hess of Lincoln Memorial University will also speak.

For more information and a complete schedule visit the symposium Web site: or contact John Fowler at 770−423−6244 or


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