As the year of 2013 comes to a close, I want to thank our board and membership for a remarkable year for the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. September of 2013 saw the beginning of only our third year, but this year has been a truly great year of accomplishments.  We have had very informative and educational speakers from six states:    Illinois, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia.  Subjects of these talks have been varied as well as extremely interesting.  Topics have ranged from Confederate guerillas; how J.E.B. Stuart became a Corps Commander in 1863; in depth studies of the battles of Perryville, Chickamauga and the crossing of the Chattahoochee.  Of course, our year was highlighted by the visit of Ed Bearss in July with his talk to the round table on the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and then touring the battlefield the next day.  Our round table has reached 175 members and I hope we can have over 200 members before we break for the summer.  We have had some splendid displays of Civil War artifacts by our members Jim and Lauren Hammond which were very popular with the membership. Also, Jim and Lauren have taken the educational aspect of the CWRTCC to local area elementary schools, and have brought the Civil War to 5th and 6th graders.  Our partners, the Kennesaw State Civil War Center, have conducted two remarkable symposiums concerning the events of 1863 as well as sponsoring a very educational visit to the Andersonville National Park and Prisoner of War Museum.  We finished the year with a superb dinner of a Civil War fare, prepared with actual Civil War period recipes.  We were entertained with Civil War period Christmas music and over 50 members attended the party.  We sincerely thank Pam Cole for planning this very enjoyable CWRTCC Christmas dinner.

I am looking forward to a wonderful 2014.  This year should be very important to us with the celebration of the sesquicentennial and all the events that occurred in our local area 150 years ago.   There will be plenty of sesquicentennial activities around our area to attend so we, the officers of the CWRTCC, will be diligent to keep you informed of these events in our newsletters and webpage.  We have a wonderful slate of speakers for the rest of our current campaign year.  Greg Biggs from Tennessee will be talking about the Tullahoma Campaign on January 10th, and in February Randy Burbridge from the Hunley Commission will update us on the discoveries and condition of this amazing Confederate artifact.  Further, we are looking forward to talks on the 66th Georgia Infantry in March, John Gatewood, a Confederate Bushwacker in April, the Union cavalry operations in the Atlanta Campaign in May and learning all about CS General Leonidas Polk in June.  Also, the Kennesaw State University Civil War Center has a very interesting symposium scheduled for March 22 with five dynamic speakers.  The title of that symposium is “1864 – the Western Theater.”

I look forward to seeing all of you this year.  It will be an exciting year and I look forward to commemorating the sesquicentennial and attending the activities around Georgia.  The CWRTCC has planned some remarkable programs and I hope you all are able to attend.


Paul D. Johnson                    


Civil War Round Table of Cobb County