War stories: Marietta commemorates 150th anniversary of Civil War with special events through November
by Sally Litchfield
June 03, 2014 12:37 AM | 2590 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
City of Marietta City Manager Bill Bruton, far right, talks with the planning committee for the upcoming commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Marietta. The group met recently to update reports from subcommittees.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
City of Marietta City Manager Bill Bruton, far right, talks with the planning committee for the upcoming commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Marietta. The group met recently to update reports from subcommittees.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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From June through November, the community will have the unique opportunity to understand its past with 150th commemoration of Marietta’s Civil War. Special events are planned to tell the history of Marietta and its citizens.

“We’re trying to tell stories of people and help folks understand their heritage. We want to help people understand what their relatives went through, what they had to cope with, what they had to struggle with — that helps us better understand who we are now. If you don’t understand your past, you can’t really figure out who you are,” said Bill Bruton, who chairs the 150th Committee.

The 150th Committee has worked as the coordinating agency for the last two years to bring together the organizations participating in the activities and National Park Service. Among the many participating organizations are City of Marietta, Marietta History Museum, Zion Church Museum, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art and the Branding Project.

During June special activities will take place in and around the Marietta Square every weekend, such as re-enactors, lecture series, music, tours and more.

“You can come to Marietta on the weekends in June, and you’re going to get an experience that relates to the Civil War. You’re going to learn a lot and have fun,” said Bruton, city manager of Marietta.

Marietta’s Civil War was a pivotal moment in the history of the U.S.

“What happened here in Marietta and around Marietta and the campaign for Atlanta was very influential in Lincoln’s re-election and the state of the country going forward. From a historical perspective, it is extremely important in the history of the United States,” he said.

“From a local perspective, it’s important for everybody to understand what the population in Marietta went through at that time,” he said.

“We’ve got all those stories that we’re trying to get out to let people understand their past and their history and what we are now. We’re bringing out some stories that people forgot about or just didn’t know about,” Bruton said.

To learn more, visit mariettacivilwar.com.

Civil War events in Marietta in June:
JUNE 6 to 8: Gone With The Wind 75th Anniversary Weekend

• Re-enactor camp on Marietta Square Friday through Sunday
• Musicians on the Marietta Square Friday through Sunday
• “Gone With The Wind” 75th Anniversary activities including celebrities, authors, autograph sessions and costume ball.
• Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking tours featuring places and events relating to Marietta’s Civil War hospitals on Saturday.
• Spiritual concert with Dr. Moses on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Zion Museum.

JUNE 13 to 15: Juneteenth Celebration Weekend
• Sponsored by the Cobb NAACP, the weekend includes family activities, food, entertainment, music, and history on the Square on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking tours featuring places and events relating to Marietta’s Civil War hospitals on Saturday.
• Remembrances of General Leonidas Polk and Emma Stephenson on Saturday.
• Gospel concert on the Square on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.

JUNE 20 to 22: Sherman at the Gates Weekend
• Re-enactor camp on Marietta Square Friday from Sunday featuring children’s games and music.
• “The Civil War,” A Musical Experience at The Strand Theatre, on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
• Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking tours featuring places and events relating to Marietta’s Civil War hospitals on Saturday.
• Confederate & City Cemetery Tours at the Marietta Confederate
• Cemetery on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

JUNE 26 to 29: Battle of Kennesaw Mountain 150th Weekend
• Re-enactor camp on Marietta Square Friday-Sunday featuring the Civil War HistoryMobile and the CSS Hunley Submarine Exhibit, including period music and games.
• Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking tours featuring places and events relating to Marietta’s Civil War hospitals on Saturday.
• Battle of Kennesaw Mountain 150th Activities with commemoration events at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park.
• Concert on the Square on Friday featuring Civil War Exhibits and music from 5 to 8 p.m. followed by Rupert’s Orchestra (Motown to Top 40) from 8 to 10 p.m.
• Concert featuring the Bonner Sisters on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Zion Chapel.

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