Author Stacy Reaves To Have Book Signing At The Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center

Friday, September 5, 2014

Eastern National, a partner to the National Park Service, invites the public to meet author Stacy Reaves on Saturday, inside the Visitor Center at Chickamauga Battlefield. Ms. Reaves will be available to sign her book, Monuments of Chickamauga National Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and will provide a special program at 1 p.m.

Ms. Reaves is a part-time professor of history and geography at Tulsa Community college in Tulsa, Ok.  She has worked as a seasonal ranger for the National Park Service at Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee and Fort Larned National Historic Site in Kansas.

Ms. Reaves has also served as the curator at Fort Sill and the Military History Museum in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She has a BS in historic preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and a Ph.D. in military history from Oklahoma State University.

Ms. Reaves is the author of A History and Guide to the Monuments of Shiloh National Park, A History and Guide to the Monuments of  Chickamauga National Park and a forth-coming book from The History Press on the history of Andersonville Prison Park and Monuments.

The program will discuss the story behind the monuments that dot the Chickamauga and Chattanooga battlefields. The Civil War veterans not only wanted to preserve the battlefields, but they wanted to tell their story and memorialize their losses and success for future generations.  As the men aged and their memories dimmed, they worked with state legislatures to erect monuments. The program will discuss the men who erected the monuments and the sculptors who created the lasting memorials in stone. Ms. Reaves’ program will look at the symbolism and art on the monuments as part of the story and as art. It is Ms. Reaves’ goal to open visitor’s eyes to the monuments and encourage them to read and see the battles thought the eyes of the veterans as told in their monuments.

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