Group Wants to Save Civil War Battlefields Veterans' Relatives Gather at Event

The Florida Times Union, August 23, 1999 | Go to article overview

Group Wants to Save Civil War Battlefields Veterans' Relatives Gather at Event


ATLANTA -- Whether their bloodlines are Confederate gray or Union blue, descendants of those who fought in the Civil War agree that the battlefields of that time should be saved.

That was the sentiment of about 90 people who gathered Saturday at the state Capitol to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the fall of Atlanta.

"We're all Americans North and South, and it's all part of the American story," said Oliver J. Keller, a Pennsylvania native who now serves on Georgia's Civil War Commission.

The event brought descendants of Civil War veterans from as far as California to talk about their ancestors' involvement in the war. Their information was gleaned from history books, diaries, letters and other documents, some of them obscure.

A few of the participants had ancestors on both sides of the conflict.

The reunion was organized by the Civil War Commission and the private non-profit Georgia Battlefields Association. The two groups are working to preserve sites such as Griswoldville near Macon, where there was a skirmish during Gen. William T. Sherman's march to the sea after the burning of Atlanta. The site was dedicated in November.

In late August 1864, Sherman's troops had all but surrounded Atlanta and his cannons were bombarding the city daily. …

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