Voices in war
by Rebecca Johnston
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Visitors to the Civil War exhibit opening today at the Cherokee County History Museum can see a Civil War cartridge box. <br>Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Visitors to the Civil War exhibit opening today at the Cherokee County History Museum can see a Civil War cartridge box.
Staff/C.B. Schmelter
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A letter from the Civil War is seen during the set up for the Cherokee County Voices from the Civil War exhibit at the Cherokee County History Museum.
A letter from the Civil War is seen during the set up for the Cherokee County Voices from the Civil War exhibit at the Cherokee County History Museum.
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Lisa Tressler, the archivist for the Cherokee County Historical Society, places a book containing official records for the Union and Confederate armies into a display case.
Lisa Tressler, the archivist for the Cherokee County Historical Society, places a book containing official records for the Union and Confederate armies into a display case.
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An exhibit to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War opens today at the Cherokee County History Museum in Canton.

“Cherokee County Voices from the Civil War” focuses on life in the county in 1864 around the time of the Atlanta Campaign, which included a series of battles in northwest Georgia and in and around Atlanta that summer and early fall.

“There has been a lot of attention to the 150th anniversary and the fall of 2104, when Cherokee saw its most action with soldiers coming through to Atlanta,” said Stefanie Joyner, executive director of the Cherokee County Historical Society.

During the Atlanta Campaign, troops were moving down from Chattanooga to reach Atlanta, traveling through Cherokee County, Joyner said.

“When both armies were here there were lots of skirmishes, both armies were going out for supplies daily, taking livestock and food, and searching houses,” Joyner said. “What we tried to do is to showcase how the war impacted Cherokee County from different angles.”

The exhibit includes rare letters, weapons and artifacts from the Civil War time in Cherokee County.

It focuses on life at home, on the battleground and from the African-American perspective.

Over the next three months a series of other events, including book signings, lectures and exhibits will take place across the county as well.

The historical society and the Cherokee County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee have also published a book, “Cherokee Voices from the Civil War,” which includes offerings by a number of local experts on the topic and is for sale at the museum.

A portion of the book looks at Canton resident Joseph Emerson Brown, who served as governor of Georgia during the Civil War.

The segment of the book was written by Dr. Kenneth Wheeler, history professor at Reinhardt University, and offers insight into hardships faced by those at home, Union supporters in the community, and the burning of Canton by Union soldiers.

Other segments of the book are about the Cherokee Dragoons, the fighting at McAfee’s Crossroad in Woodstock, and a Union family in Confederate territory.

“Direct gunfire was also exchanged at McConnell’s mill, where Cherokee Mill was,” Joyner said.

An original drama is planned in September at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, based on the events of the war, Joyner said.

“It shows how the community pulled together to send men off to war,” Joyner said. “The exhibit shows the perspective from the home front and the African-American perspective, from the view of those who fought, how far away they went, and camp life.”

EVENTS

The Civil War in Cherokee County will be marked with the following events:

Museum Exhibit: Cherokee County Voices from the Civil War, focusing on life at home, on the battleground, and from the African-American perspective.

Aug. 13 — Dec. 31

Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Free Admission.

Cherokee County History Museum

100 North St, Ste. 140, Canton

rockbarn.org, (770) 345-3288

Presented by the Cherokee County Historical Society



History Program and Book Signing: “Creeks, Clashes & Crossroads - Civil War Skirmishes in North Cobb and Cherokee County” by Gerald Flinchum

Aug. 19; 7 p.m.

The Rock Barn

658 Marietta Hwy, Canton

Hosted by the Cherokee County Historical Society



Book Signing: Creeks, Clashes & Crossroads - Civil War Skirmishes in North Cobb and Cherokee Co. By Gerald Flinchum

Aug. 23; 1 p.m.

Woodstock Visitors Center

8858 Main St, Woodstock, whatsupwoodstock.com (770) 924-0406

Hosted by Preservation Woodstock Inc.

Art Exhibit: Images of the Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea, drawn by eyewitnesses

Fall 2014; Dates TBD

Hill Freeman Library, Reinhardt University

7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska

reinhardt.edu (770) 720-9120

Presented by Reinhardt University



Original Drama: “With It or Upon It: Banner of the Cherokee Dragoons,” based on real people and events during the Civil War.

Sept. 26-27; 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 28; 2 p.m. $10-$12

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

8534 Main St, Woodstock

elmstreetarts.org (678) 494-4251

Presented by Elm Street Cultural Arts Village



Museum Event: Everyday Life: Demonstrations of the Tools and Skills for Everyday Living

Oct. 18; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Historic Marble Courthouse

100 North Street, Canton

Presented by the Cherokee County Historical Society

History Program: The Civil War in Cherokee County: New Sources, New Stories

Dr. Kenneth Wheeler

Oct. 21; 7 p.m.

The Rock Barn

658 Marietta Hwy, Canton

Joint History Program:

A Union Family in Rebel Territory

By Lisa Tressler

Oct. 28; 7 p.m.

Ball Ground Community Center

250 Civic Dr, Ball Ground, Hosted by Ball Ground Historical Society

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