Civil War symposium includes lectures, tours in Augusta

A series of lectures and tours focusing on Augusta’s role in the American Civil War will be held Friday and Saturday.

 

The Augusta and the Civil War Symposium opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a free keynote lecture by U.S. Naval Academy history professor Mary DeCredico, who will discuss “Georgia’s Industrialization and the Confederate War Effort.”

The lecture, to be followed by a 7:30 p.m. reception, will be held at the Morris Museum of Art.

Saturday’s programs, for which a $30 registration fee is required, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The morning programs, held at the Kroc Center, feature a 9 a.m. lecture by University of West Georgia professor Keith Bohannon on the textile industry in Augusta from 1861–1865, followed by a 10:30 a.m. lecture on the Confederate Powderworks, presented by Gordon Blaker, the director and curator of the U.S. Army Artillery Museum in Fort Sill, Okla.

At 11:30 a.m., there will be a luncheon and a session titled “Interpreting the Confederate Powder Works for the 21st Century” focusing on the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area’s plans for a powderworks sesquicentennial interpretive plaza.

Afternoon sessions at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill will have a 1:30 p.m. Petersburg boat tour and lecture, “Food, Fabric and Firepower: Augusta Canal and the Civil War.”

The tour will be followed by another Blaker lecture, “How to Make Gunpowder in 18 Not-So-Easy Steps and Not Blow Yourself and Everyone Else to Kingdom Come.”

The event concludes with an afternoon Civil War book fair and Augusta Canal Interpretive Center self-guided tour.

For details or registration, call (706) 823-0440, Ext. 7, or e-mail hmadden@augustacanal.com.

Participating organizations are the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, the Augusta Civil War Roundtable, the Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society, the Augusta Museum of History, Historic Augusta Inc., the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State University, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, and the Morris Museum of Art.

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For details or registration for Saturday’s programs, call (706) 823-0440, Ext. 7, or e-mail hmadden@augustacanal.com.

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