· GBA contributed $25,000, the entire cost, to
purchase 7 acres containing Confederate infantry and artillery earthworks on
Potato Hill in Crow Valley, north of Dalton. The land was donated to Whitfield
County for use as a public park.
· GBA contributed $15,000 to purchase an adjoining
4 acres on Potato Hill, north of Dalton. The land was donated to Whitfield
County for use as a public park.
· GBA contributed $50,000 towards the cost of a
conservation easement on 473.48 acres of the Resaca Battlefield.
· GBA contributed $75,000, almost half the cost,
towards the outright purchase of 51.02 acres at Resaca. This parcel contains
the earthworks of the Confederate artillery battery commanded by Captain van
den Corput and captured by the Federals on 15 May 1864.
· GBA contributed $5,000 towards the purchase of
property at Reed’s Bridge, part of the Chickamauga battlefield.
· GBA contributed $6,000 towards restoration of
the Walker and McPherson monuments in Atlanta.
· GBA assisted the Georgia Historical Society in
its efforts to install new historical markers, specifically in conjunction with
the Sesquicentennial. GBA helped pay for the production of the markers and also
helped prepare the texts. Ten markers were installed.
Soldiers in Combat - Dalton
Battles for Atlanta - Atlanta
· Georgia's Secession Convention - Milledgeville
Cleburne's Proposal to Arm Slaves - Dalton
of Emancipation: Special Field Orders No. 15 - Savannah
of John C. Fremont - Savannah
Montgomery C. Meigs, U.S.A. - Augusta
Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist - Blue Ridge
March to the Sea - Atlanta
March to the Sea - Savannah
· The GBA newsletter continues to feature “150
years ago this month” articles chronicling the events leading up to secession,
the outbreak of conflict, the course of the war, and reconstruction, especially
as they affected Georgia.
· GBA was represented on the state of Georgia’s
Civil War Sesquicentennial steering committee.
· The update to the 1993 Civil War Sites Advisory
Commission (CWSAC) report was submitted to GBA for comment in May 2010. This
revision, known as Civil War Sites II (CWS II), was subsequently published
online. The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) staff continued to
correspond with GBA throughout the year and incorporated several of our
suggestions into the CWS II report.
· GBA was asked to help the Civil War Trust
identify preservation opportunities in Georgia. We started with the CWS II
report and worked from it to lesser known sites and those where the potential
for loss or damage was greater.
· GBA assisted Atlanta History Center in the “War
in Our Backyards” exhibit that opened in August 2010 and ran through October
2011. The exhibit demonstrated how much of Atlanta’s history has been overrun
by growth of the city in the last 150 years and allowed people to see if their
own backyards were part of the action.
· In January 2010, GBA assisted the U.S. Forest
Service in a field survey of sites (Dug Gap, Snake Creek Gap, and Ship’s Gap)
on Forest Service land in northwest Georgia. This project continues with GBA as
· In conjunction with the National Park Service,
GBA provided comments opposing a proposed cell phone tower near Davis’s
· In June 2010, GBA commented formally on a
Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) plan to modify the I-285
interchange at Atlanta Road. The work will affect a trench related to the River
Line. GBA’s participation in this effort grew into consultation on a larger
GDOT project known as the Metro Atlanta Civil War Context Study. GBA attended a
24 August 2010 meeting and followed-up with a written response to the study
proposal. A discussion with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
representative participating in the meeting led to expanded GBA participation
in ARC’s Regionally Important Resources initiative which began in 2009. GDOT
subsequently solicited GBA’s comments on a plan to build a high speed rail line
from Chattanooga to the Atlanta airport. GBA expressed concern about the
numerous sites in this corridor, listing several of the more significant sites
and recounting the detrimental impact already made by construction of I-75 and
residential development. GBA advocated for a convergence of national (ABPP),
state (GDOT), and regional (ARC) listings of Georgia’s Civil War sites so that
a common database may prevent the possibility of sites being overlooked in any
plan. Working from the national listing (CWS II) as a core and augmenting it
with the results of prior site surveys and studies should lessen the potential
· Worked with other preservation organizations to
install historical markers.
· September 2009: River
Line Park on Oakdale Road in Smyrna
· December 2008: Approach to Atlanta & Peachtree Creek at Piedmont West
· September 2007: Shoupade Park on the River Line
· May 2007: Dallas 27 May 1864 & 28 May 1864
· October 2006: River
Line Hill in Smyrna
· April 2006: Evacuation of Atlanta at Mill
· September 2005: Battle of Atlanta at Inman Park Village
· July 2004: Battle of Atlanta at Freedom
Park and Inman
· Organized Civil War site tours led by Ed Bearss,
America's premier historic guide.
· Led tours of Atlanta area sites for civic
· Presented history and preservation lectures for
local civic groups, such as Heritage Sandy Springs, Perimeter Adult Learning
& Services, and Senior Enriched Living Services.
· Provided volunteer staff at Civil War Trust
· Published monthly newsletter relating to
preservation of Georgia's Civil War sites.
· Owned and maintained 4.7 acres of battlefield
property near New Hope Church.
· Monitored status of threatened sites.
· Provided expertise to other preservation groups
and news media.
· Attended Georgia House of Representatives
Committee meeting in support of legislation to prevent disturbance of
· Testified before Georgia Senate committee
on Electric Transmission Line location.
· Donated $5,000 to and advised Kolb Farm Coalition
on how to save historic property.
· Participated as a stakeholder in the Chickamauga
National Park Transportation Study.
· Helped Grant Park Conservancy and River Line
Historic Area apply for American Battlefield Protection Program grants.
· Appeared at county rezoning hearings to argue
for preservation of earthworks threatened by development.
· Provided written comments on proposed state
legislation that would weaken the requirement for archaeological surveys prior
to major road projects.
· Sent letter to Smyrna City Council to advocate preservation of Shoupade