Monday, December 9, 2013

Harwell, Wills, Harwell
From left, Nat Harwell, Dr. Wills, and Davis Harwell
Brian Steel Wills receives the Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award from the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta

Dr. Brian Wills, director of the Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University, received the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta's annual award for the best Civil War book of the preceding year. This year's award honors Wills's book George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel. Wills's other Civil War books include A Battle from the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest and, most recently published, Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory.  

The award, established in 1989, is named for the late Richard Barksdale Harwell, the group's founder. Past honorees include William C. Davis, Gary Gallagher, Earl Hess, James McPherson, James Robertson and Jeffery Wert. 

Mr. Harwell's relatives pictured above participated in the 25th-anniversary presentation on Nov 12. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Members view the Confederate Constitution April 27

By Terry Kingery, chairman, Activities Committee

Forty-eight members of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta participated on a sold-out field trip to Athens, Georgia, to view the 12-foot-ong handwritten permanent Confederate Constitution. The document is stored at the new $48 million Hargrett Library at the University of Georgia. The group toured on April 27.

While in Athens, members were led on a bus tour of historic Athens by former UGA Football Coach and round table member Vince Dooley. Sites included the world-famous Double Barreled Cannon, the Cook and Brother Armory, the Gen. T.R.R. Cobb House, and the little known Barber's Creek Battlefield, where Georgia troops turned back Federal Calvary, saving Athens in 1864. More than 1,000 feet of earthworks still remain at Barber's Creek.

The group also toured Washington, Georgia, visiting the site of Pres. Davis's last meeting in 1865, the Gen. Robert Toombs House, the Gen. E. Porter Alexander home, and the site where the Orphan Brigade surrendered at the end of the war.

The group was hosted for lunch at the antebellum "Peacewood" Plantation in Washington.

The Gen. Robert Toombs House, Washington, Georgia