150th anniversary celebrations at Kennesaw Mountain begin June 26
by Damon Poirier
June 22, 2014 04:00 AM | 4337 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive in Kennesaw, will have three days of commemorative programs, battlefield tours and living history demonstrations at sites throughout the park on June 26 to 29.

June 27, 2014 marks 150 years since Union Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman launched his frontal assault at Kennesaw Mountain against the Confederate Army of Tennessee, led by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. The battle was a tactical defeat for the Union army and was Sherman’s last frontal assault of the Atlanta Campaign.

Visitors can join the National Park Service and the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club to commemorate the historic event.

The commemoration will begin the evening of June 26 with an opening ceremony at the park. On June 27, visitors can experience living history demonstrations and battlefield tours. Events will culminate with a concert by Claire Lynch, with an opening performance by Bobby Horton.

On June 28, visitors can explore the park and learn about soldier and civilian life during the Civil War, see living history demonstrations, go on battlefield hikes with National Park Service rangers and volunteers. Events will culminate with the rededication of the Illinois Monument and the lighting of 3,400 luminaries in honor of the lives lost at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

Programs will continue on June 29 at sites around the park. The 150th commemoration will culminate at 5 p.m. with a closing ceremony featuring musical performances and special speakers, including a keynote program by Rebecca Burns.

A full list of programs is available at www.nps.gov/kemo/planyourvisit/150thprograms.htm. For more information, call (770) 427-4686.

Highlighted 150th Anniversary Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 26, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies of 150th Anniversary Events at Visitor Center; open to the public
8:45 p.m.
“Kennesaw: One Last Mountain” film (outdoors)

Friday, June 27, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Cheatham Hill/Dead Angle Assault Real-Time Hike
9:30 a.m.
Visitor Center Battlefield “This Is War!” – Children’s Historical Reenactment Activity (one hour duration)
10:00 a.m.
Mountain Top Confederate Artillery Demonstration/Cannon Firing and 24-Gun Battery Ranger Program
10:30 a.m.
Visitor Center Battlefield Civil War Medicine Program – George Wunderlich
11:00 a.m.
97th Regimental String Band – Visitor Center Battlefield Main Stage (45 minute duration)
11:30 a.m.
Cheatham Hill Confederate Artillery Demonstration/Cannon Firing
12:00 p.m.
Visitor Center Auditorim Author Lecture/Book Signing – Brad Quinlin (45 minute duration)
12:30 p.m.
Visitor Center Children’s Storytelling Program – Cathy Kaemmerlen
1:00 p.m.
Mountain Top Confederate Artillery Demonstration/Cannon Firing
1:30 p.m.
Visitor Center Auditorium Author Lecture – Earl J. Hess (45 minute duration)
2:00 p.m.
24-Gun Battery Union Infantry Demonstration/Musket Firing
2:30 p.m.
Visitor Center Battlefield Children’s Common Soldier Life Program
3:00 p.m.
Reenactment Activity (one hour duration)
7:30 p.m.
Female Vocalist of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association The Claire Lynch Band performing – Visitor Center Battlefield Main Stage. Musical historian and composer Bobby Horton is to open.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Book Signing – Dr. Brian Wills (45 minute duration)
9:30 a.m.
Reenactment Activity (one hour duration)
10:00 a.m.
Book Signing – Dr. Stephen Davis (45 minute duration)
10:30 a.m.
24-Gun Battery Union Infantry Demonstration/Musket Firing
11:00 a.m.
97th Regimental String Band – Visitor Center Battlefield Main Stage (45 minute duration)
11:30 a.m.
Cheatham Hill Confederate Infantry Demonstration/Musket Firing
12:00 p.m.
Book Signing – Robert M. McMurry (45 minute duration)
12:30 p.m.
Visitor Center Children’s Storytelling Program – Cathy Kaemmerlen
1:00 p.m.
Civil War Fashion Show – Visitor Center Battlefield Main Stage (one hour duration)
1:30 p.m.
Visitor Center Battlefield Civil War Medicine Program – George Wunderlich
2:00 p.m.
Mountain Top Confederate Artillery Demonstration/Cannon Firing
2:30 p.m.
Visitor Center Battlefield Children’s Common Soldier Life Program
3:00 p.m.
Visitor Center Battlefield “This Is War!” – Children’s Historical Reenactment Activity (one hour duration)
3:30 p.m.
Visitor Center Auditorium Authors’ Round Table Panel Discussion (one hour duration)
8:30 p.m.
Illinois Monument Rededication – Cheatham Hill Battlefield - Parking for this event is at Marietta High School

Sunday, June 29, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Cheatham Hill Ranger Program
9:30 a.m.
Visitor Center Battlefield “This Is War!” – Children’s Historical Reenactment Activity (one hour duration)
10:00 a.m.
Book Signing – Dr. Wendy Venet (45 minute duration)
10:30 a.m.
Visitor Center Battlefield Civil War Medicine Program – George Wunderlich
11:00 a.m.
Visitor Center Battlefield Children’s Common Soldier Life Program
11:30 a.m.
Cheatham Hill Confederate Artillery Demonstration/Cannon Firing
12:00 p.m.
Visitor Center Auditorium Author Lecture/Book Signing – Robert Jones (45 minute duration)
12:30 p.m.
Visitor Center Children’s Storytelling Program – Cathy Kaemmerlen
1:00 p.m.
Mountain Top Confederate Artillery Demonstration/Cannon Firing
1:30 p.m.
24-Gun Battery Union Infantry Demonstration/Musket Firing
2:00 p.m.
Word of Faith Gospel Youth Choir performance – Visitor Center Battlefield Main Stage (45 minute duration)
5:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremonies of 150th Anniversary Events at Visitor Center, Keynote speaker – Rebecca Burns, author/lecturer on Southern and Atlanta history; Vocal performances by Dr. Oral Moses, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Choir and the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble

Many of the events are repeated throughout the weekend. For a full list of events, visit battleofkennesawmountain150.com/
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Bill in Kennesaw
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June 23, 2014
RE: NOONDAY CREEK, Kennesaw

The section of this creek that runs from Cobb Pky to Old Hwy 41 forms the dividing line between 2 section of the Castle Lake Mobile Home Park, said MHP is going to be developed by Fuqua Development with considerable construction on the initial 53 acres probably followed up in a few years by the remaining 30 acres also being developed.

I wonder what artifacts or remains will be uncovered? The creek has probably remained virtually untouched for 150 years, the remainder of the MHP, built in 1961 may also yield some interesting items as large amounts od dirt will have to be shifted and an onsite abandoned quarry needs to be filled in.

Perhaps some items will be recovered worth putting in the Kennesaw Civil War Museum? Of course the developer probably couldn't care less, so anything found may just be plowed under.

Bill Harris

http://mayormathews.blogspot.com/
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