Tuesday, September 20, 2011


               STONE MOUNTAIN PARK

By Doc Lawrence

Gov. Nathan Deal at Stone Mountain Ceremony

The Civil War and its impact on the military and civilians of the states involved in the conflict came to life at Stone Mountain Park. Representatives of the Southern states of the Confederacy came to the highly popular park just outside Atlanta to rededicate the 13 terraces located near the base of the granite monolith.

The event, part of the park’s Civil War Sesquicentennial program, was launched by welcoming remarks from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal who, with the carving of Southern heroes Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson as a backdrop, praised Stone Mountain Park for its continuing appeal to tourists from throughout the world and meaningful, relevant historic preservation.

The representatives shared stories about the human side of the Civil War never before told at Stone Mountain Park, impacting young and old alike, and the new educational markers at each terrace highlighted the respective state’s deep participation in the events of 150 years ago that are being commemorated through 2015.

The participants with their fascinating stories included a North Carolina sailor and the role of the Navy during the Civil War, a female soldier from Missouri who fought alongside the men and where she fell within the ranks, the life of a young lady at a women’s college in Columbia, Tennessee with a display of gowns that a lady might wear. Kentucky featured a skilled presentation by a re-enactor portraying Kentucky General Simon Bolivar Buckner who discussed his friendship with General U. S. Grant.

The heralded Eighth Regiment Band, entertaining guests with impressive Civil War period music, magnificently represented Georgia. The spirited band uses instruments of the era and is headquartered in Rome, Georgia.

It was early on a late summer morning and the grandeur of the event seemed to touch heartstrings. The eloquent Hermina Glass-Avery, a professor at Kennesaw State University also spoke. “These moments bring us together as we remember, enabling us to better understand and to honor the power of redemption,” she told the audience.

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