Civil War symposium explores the battles of 1863

Leading scholars to discuss the major battles Kennesaw, Ga. (March 22, 2013) — As part of its…

Georgia (Mar 22, 2013)Leading scholars to discuss the major battles

Kennesaw, Ga. (March 22, 2013) — As part of its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war,  Kennesaw State University’s Civil War Center, in partnership with the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will host their 10th annual symposium focusing on various military actions from 1863.


The symposium’s topic, “1863 — Struggles East & West,” brings leading Civil War scholars to Kennesaw State University as part of an ongoing series of lectures.


  • Larry Daniel will discuss the battles that took place in the Western Theater, that is all of the Confederate states, including Georgia, and the mistakes made by commanders on both sides. Daniel is Methodist pastor living in Lexington, Tenn.
  • Richard McMurry will speak about the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the pivotal battles of the war. McMurry, a historian, lives in Dalton, Ga.
  • Larry Hewitt, emeritus professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University, will discuss the battle at Port Hudson, which was part of the Vicksburg campaign. Confederate troops were under siege for 47 days before finally surrendering the “Gibraltar of the Confederacy.”
  • Brian Wills, the director of the Civil War Center and a professor of history at Kennesaw State University, will discuss Confederate Gen. James Longstreet’s sojourn to Suffolk, Va., and the logistical challenges the Army of Northern Virginia faced in obtaining supplies for troops and horses.


 Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


 KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144.


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