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Georgians' Attitude Toward Gen. Sherman's March Through Georgia Topic of Round Table Meeting

Richard McMurry, Ph.D.April 11, 2013 - Southport, NC - Few Civil War historians can boast credentials like those of the Round Table’s guest speaker at the Tuesday, May 7th meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table. He is renowned Civil War historian and scholar, Richard McMurry, Ph.D., a native of Atlanta, currently living in Dalton. GA. The title of his presentation is "A Georgian's View of Sherman." The meeting will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport.

Attendees at the upcoming meeting will hear one of the most interesting and fascinating presentations about a crucial event affecting the eventual outcome of the Civil War. On the one hand, McMurry's topic would seem like the logical reaction of Georgians about Sherman; i.e., recalling Sherman's "scorched earth" policies that he implemented in conducting "total war" against the Confederate States as he captured Atlanta and marched through Georgia to the sea. On the other hand, there were circumstances that revealed neither side was good enough nor bad enough to contribute to a great military victory based on tactical conditions that prevailed in 1864. The scenario is intriguing. McMurry is one of the most knowledgeable historians to share these facts and theories.

McMurry taught history at Valdosta State College, and was an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University. Since 1988, he has been a freelance writer and speaker, and has served as a guide/historian for many tours and cruise groups. He has authored more than one hundred articles on various facets of the Civil War. He also authored numerous books, receiving honors and awards from such organizations as the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the New York Civil War Round Table, the Civil War Round Table of Chicago, the New Orleans Civil War Round Table, and the Civil War Round Table of Milwaukee. He is also a member of numerous historical societies, and is active in the Civil War Trust and the Organization of American Historians.

Registration for the May 7th meeting begins at 6:30pm. The guest admission fee is $5 and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues. For more information about the Brunswick Civil War Round Table, or the meeting, contact Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or wrueckel@questor.com.



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