Kennesaw State’s Civil War studies center aids in research‚ understanding

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 15‚ 2007) — In the backyard of where some of the Civil War’s most important…

Georgia (Feb 15, 2007) — Kennesaw State’s Civil War studies center aids in research‚ understanding

Jeremy Craig


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 15‚ 2007) — In the backyard of where some of the Civil War’s most important battles took place‚ Kennesaw State University has established a Center for the Study of the Civil War Era‚ bringing together a multitude of research materials and teaching aides in one convenient‚ accessible location.

“The war itself was decided‚ in large measure‚ in Georgia with the Atlanta Campaign‚” said John D. Fowler‚ associate professor of history at Kennesaw State and director of the center. “The most significant battles of the Atlanta Campaign were fought right around KSU.”

The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 helped seal the fate of the Confederacy and ensure the reelection of President Abraham Lincoln. And as part of that campaign‚ some of the critical battles of the war — at Kennesaw Mountain‚ Kolb’s Farm‚ New Hope Church‚ and Dallas — took place not far from where Kennesaw State’s campus exists today.

Despite the rich history of the Civil War in Georgia‚ the state doesn’t have a center specifically devoted to the study of the war and its impact on Georgian and American life‚ Fowler said.

“With the demographics of the state changing‚ I think it’s vital that Georgia has one of these centers to keep the Civil War’s memory alive‚” Fowler said‚ citing numerous transplants to the state who have little or no knowledge of Georgia’s history.

The center will include a large library of secondary sources and microfilm copies of primary source documents critical to the understanding of the nation−shaping conflict. The center will also provide aides‚ such as DVDs‚ CDs‚ booklets and other materials‚ for educators teaching about the conflict.

The center will work in partnership with various historical groups and agencies‚ such as Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park‚ the City of Kennesaw‚ the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History‚ the Georgia Historical Society‚ numerous Civil War roundtables‚ and historians across the state‚ region and country.

Though located in Georgia‚ the center will focus on the many viewpoints and facets of the war and its aftermath throughout the South and the nation‚ Fowler said.

“It’s not just about the history of the battles‚” Fowler said. “There are other issues‚ too‚ like the effect of the war on African−Americans‚ women who were left behind to manage farms and factories‚ and those who were maimed by the war and tried to pick up their lives to start again.”

Officials hope to raise funds to help support the activities of the center and also welcome contributions from private donations of Civil War era collections‚ artifacts‚ papers and other items.

In March‚ KSU will take students and interested members of the public to battlefields in Chattanooga‚ Tenn.‚ and Chickamauga‚ Ga.

For more information about the center or to schedule an interview with Fowler‚ please contact the writer of this news release.


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.



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