Activities Committee

 

A Message from Executive Committee Member John Miller on the Round Table's Spring Resurgens Tours

 

Our Round Table's activities are alive and well, and we have multiple tours scheduled for this spring. Due to small group sizes, we must limit these tours to current members of the Round Table.

Each tour will be COVID-careful and limited to 10 participants, who will provide their own transportation (no bus, sorry), bag lunch, and water, and will closely adhere to CDC guidelines for masking and social distancing. There will be no fee but we will offer links to websites for online donations to help local preservation efforts. We know you will be generous.

Each will take place no matter the weather. So please be prepared if you register.

 

On June 12 we will be led by Sarah Kelehear, Interpretive Ranger at Sweetwater Creek State Park, to learn more about the New Manchester mill.  Registrations for the New Manchester tour can be made online here:

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084CADAB22A31-tour3

 

While there will be no fee for this tour, online contributions will support the Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park. Contributions are always welcomed at this web address:

https://friendsofgastateparks.org/parks/sweetwater-creek


 


Saturday March 27 our ACWRT kicked off its 2021 Tour Season with Charlie Crawford as we toured sites of Confederate forts and Atlanta defenses along what is now the southern boundary of Georgia Tech.

 

On April 17 we were treated to a special tour of the Chickamauga National Military Park led by Park Historian Jim Ogden.  Jim focused on a number of the battlefield monuments, discussing the memorials as works of art and explaining the action that occurred at the sites marked by the monuments.

 

Here are a few photos from our Chickamauga trip. 


   


    

Whether or not you participated in this tour, please support the National Park Partners Chickamauga-Chattanooga-Moccasin Bend. Contributions are always welcomed at this web address, and please look for the donation button for "Jewell Memorial Fund for Landscape and Monument Restoration":

https://nppcha.org


 

On May 15 ten Round Table members visited Jonesboro with Bill Dodd as their guide to learn about the Battle of Jonesborough fought on August 31 and September 1, 1864.  Bill has spent decades studying this turning point of the Atlanta Campaign and under his expert guidance the participants deepened their understanding of this important battle south of Atlanta.    

 

While there was no fee for this tour, participants were asked to contribute to the Georgia Battlefields Association.  Whether you participated in this tour or not, please support this fine organization.  Contributions are always welcomed at this web address:

http://www.georgiabattlefields.org/donate.aspx


Here are some pics from the Jonesboro field trip:

    

 

   

 

  

Our big news flash is Michael Shaffer has volunteered to lead our Kennesaw tour in the fall. Everyone knows Mike from his numerous tours, his excellent leadership for the Cobb County Civil War Round Table, and his monthly column in the Civil War News. We hope to continue our "no fee" policy and Mike and I are investigating ways to make this work. The date will be published later.

 

Please look forward to more information about a Kennesaw tour in the fall as we anticipate more members being vaccinated, thus improving our ability to better mitigate health risks associated with COVID. By the time this newsletter reaches you, we hope all of you have at least your first vaccine and possibly your second. Jane and I enjoyed a spirited response (aka fever and malaise) to our second shot and we now feel safer every day. But we are still wearing our masks, keeping distance, avoiding crowds, and regular handwashing. Please stay safe!

 

John Miller  canoe4ever@gmail.com