Chickamauga Park Offers The Secession Crisis Program

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

In commemoration of the pivotal events that occurred 150 years ago during the volatile year of 1860, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a symposium about the critical events of 1860 and how they affected the Chattanooga area as the country slid toward civil war.

The event will occur at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center Theater on Saturday, April 24, beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Speakers will cover a variety of topics related to the Secession Crisis in the local area and the country as a whole. As we enter the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War, we look to the events that led to the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861. Who were the men that led the way to this event? What thoughts went through the people’s minds as their country began to tear itself apart? Why did they feel it was no longer possible for them to remain part of the United States? The program will look at the men and the challenges that they faced during this critical time as the Union began to dissolve.

Speakers and their topics include:

8:45 a.m. Welcome

9 a.m. Dr. Daryl Black, “Christian Newspapers and their Coverage of the Secession Crisis”

9:45 a.m. Patrick Lewis, “High Private: How Sam Watkins’ Sideshow Obscured the Big Show of American History”

10:30 a.m. Dr. Keith Bohannon, “Secessionists, Cooperationists, and Unionists: North Georgians Debate the Creation of a Southern Republic, 1860-1861.”

11:15 a.m. Sam Davis Elliott, “Tennessee Governor Isham G. Harris and the Coming of the Civil War”

12 p.m. Question and Answers with the speakers.

Reservations are required. Contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706 866-9241 to reserve a space by the afternoon of April 23.

For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706 866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 821-7786, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.


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