WNC Civil War round table

Jackson County Justice Center
Sylva, NC
Maecia Woosley
Feb 10, 2014
7:00 PM

The Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table presents Dr. Stephen Davis on Feb. 10, 2014.  Dr. Davis received his B.A. from Emory University in Atlanta. At Emory, Stephen was able to study with noted Civil War author and historian Bell Irvin Wiley.  This was followed by a M.S. in American studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He returned to Emory to study for his Ph.D. with an emphasis on the Civil War in Southern literature.

The Civil War Round table will meet as usual at the Jackson County Justice Center in Room 220 at 7:00 pm.  You may join Dr. Davis and Round Table members for dinner at 5:00 pm at Bogart's in Sylva.  We will then meet for a social hour at the Justice Center at 6:30 pm followed by Dr. Davis' presentation, "What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman's Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta,'' based on the material and research from a recent book (December 2012) of the same title.  The presentation at 7:00 pm will be accompanied by multi-media.

Steve’s interest in the Civil War was stoked when as a seven- or eight-year-old he watched the television-romanticized adventures of Col. John S. Mosby in the “Gray Ghost,” a short-lived series produced by CBS in the latter Fifties.  Growing up in Atlanta  and his father’s interest in Civil War history only further piqued his interest, enthusiasm and passion for the Civil War.  Dr. Davis contends in “What the Yankees Did, …”, that contrary to film and legend, the city and its people suffered far more during the siege’s bombardment and the subsequent occupation than from the fires related to Hood’s evacuation.  Davis' southern perspective doesn't diminish his thesis or the research associated with this particular episode which has been found to be unimpeachable whether one is an advocate or detractor to his contentions. Dr. Davis' first book-length effort was "Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Heavy Yankee Battalions" (2001).  He has served as Book Review Editor for Blue and Gray Magazine from 1994 to 2005, and is the author of numerous articles in such scholarly journals and popular publications as Civil War Times Illustrated and the Georgia Historical Quarterly.   The aforementioned book, "What the Yankees Did to Us:  Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta" earned recognition for Dr. Davis with its Georgia Author of the Year Award (2013) in the category of History from the Georgia Writers’ Association.

WNCCWRT members and guests will meet with Dr. Stephen Davis at 5:00 pm at Bogart's, Sylva followed by the social hour at Jackson Co. Justice Center, Sylva at 6:30 pm and the presentation by Dr. Davis at 7:00 pm on February 10. The public is welcome and we look forward to seeing everyone.

For information call Chris Behr at 828-293-9314 or Chuck Beemer at 828-456-4212