Augusta and the Civil War Symposium Series

The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center will be hosting a two-day “Augusta and the Civil War Symposium” on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10. “This year’s theme “Making War” focuses on Southern industrialization, reflecting Augusta’s significant role in the manufacture of gunpowder, ordnance, ammunition and other material for the Confederate forces.”  (Source: Augusta Canal Interpretive Center brochure)

  • Friday, November 9, 2012

Morris Museum of Art

6:30 pm lecture, 7:30 pm reception

“The Edward J. Cashin Memorial Woodrow Wilson Lecture”

Mary DeCredico, PhD, Professor of History, United States Naval Academy, presents “Georgia’s Industrialization and the Confederate War Effort”

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited; preregistration required.

  • Saturday, November 10, 2012

Morning Session: The Kroc Center

8:30-9:00am: Registration

9:00-10:15 am: “Augusta Really Begins to Look Like a Little Lowell: The Textile Industry in Augusta, 1861-1865,” a lecture by Keith Bohannon, PhD, Associate Professor of History, University of West Georgia.

10:30-11:15 am: “Rebel Genius: The Confederate Powder Works at Augusta,” lecture by Gordon Blaker, Director and Curator, U.S. Army Artillery Museum, Fort Sill, Oklahoma

11:30am -12:45 pm: lunch and “Interpreting the Confederate Powder Works for the 21st Century”

12:45-1:00pm: Travel by personal vehicles to Augusta Canal Interpretive Center

Afternoon Session: Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill

1:00-1:15: Check in

1:30pm or 3:00pm: Petersburg boat guided canal tour: “Food, Fabric and Firepower: Augusta Canal and the Civil War”

1:30pm or 3:00pm: “How to Make Gunpowder in 18 Not-So-Easy Steps and Not Blow Yourself and Everyone Else to Kingdom Come.” Lecture by Gordon Baker.

1:15-4:30pm” Civil War book fair and Augusta Canal Interpretive Center self-guided tour

Saturday’s events are $30 per participant and include all lectures, lunch, and the boat tour.

Advance registration is required; call Holley Madden at the Augusta Canal, 706-823-0440, ext. 7.


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