Civil War Lecture Series- Defenses

October 20, 2014

Walking the Line
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Author talk and book signing
Wednesday, October 22
6:30 pm at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion

Long before Interstate 285 surrounded the metro area, Atlanta had a perimeter, ten miles around. Instead of speeding cars going around the line, there were cannonballs screaming overhead. That first perimeter was the defensive line designed by Lemuel Pratt Grant and built by the Confederate Army to protect Atlanta from the attacking Federal forces during the Civil War. That defense ring of 36 forts was never broken or defeated. The defenses held back the Federal forces for six weeks before the Confederates were forced to abandon them.

Walking The Line (ISBN 978-1-930876-07-01) tells the story of how the forts and defense line came into being and how these mostly-lost cannon emplacements were rediscovered 150 years later.

Please join us at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion

at 6:30 pm

on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

when astronomer, educator and author Dr. Lawrence Krumenaker will explain what happened to the forts, how many remain in modern Atlanta, and will provide maps and directions to tour them by walking, biking or driving.

The Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta 30312.  On street parking is available on St. Paul Avenue and Grant Street.  ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.

Reservations are not required.


Civil War Lecture Series- Naval Technology

October 10, 2014

Inventing a New Navy

A multi-media presentation on technological innovations and new uses of technologies afloat and ashore during the American Civil War.

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Monday, October 13
7 pm at the Lemuel Pratt Grant Mansion
The Atlanta Preservation Center and M.H. Mitchell Inc. are proud to welcome Ken Johnston, Executive Director & Director of Programs/Education at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, GA for a unique look at the Civil War Navies.
The US Navy of the 21st Century features ships with hybrid propulsion technology, composite armor and stealth design – as did the 19th Century Navies of the American Civil War. The National Civil War Naval Museum presents a look at inventions and advancements in the navies both North and South during the Civil War at large, with a special focus on Naval engineering as practiced here in Georgia. We’ll explore the little known and sometimes surprising antecedents of nautical technology in areas as diverse as nocturnal operations, photocopying, submarine warfare, and aircraft carriers – just to name a few.

Free Admission and open to the public. The Grant Mansion is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE, Atlanta 30312.  On street parking is available on St. Paul Avenue and Grant Street.  ADA parking and access can be reached via APC’s Orleans Street drive.

Reservations are not required.