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240 years after America declared its independence, we have been engaged in no less than a dozen wars on both American soil and abroad. Each war had a serious impact on our nation’s history and continues to inform scholarship today. Join us every Tuesday in October at 6:30 p.m. for Americans at War. See below for more details about each speaker.

The Americans at War series is free to attend and will be held in the Community Room at Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Road.

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Davis – “Taking Another Look at John Bell Hood: What We’ve Learned since the Centennial”

Stephen Davis of Atlanta has been a Civil War buff since the 4th grade. He attended Emory University, and studied under the renowned Civil War historian Bell Wiley. After a Master’s degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught high school for a few years, he then earned his Ph.D. at Emory, where he concentrated on the theme of the Civil War in Southern literature. He presently serves as Medical Relations Director for MAG Mutual Insurance Company in Atlanta, the professional liability insurer for Georgia physicians.

Steve is the author of a book on the Atlanta Campaign, Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Heavy Yankee Battalions (2001). He served as Book Review Editor for Blue and Gray Magazine from 1994 to 2005, and is the author of more than a hundred articles in such scholarly and popular publications as Civil War Times Illustrated and the Georgia Historical Quarterly. His recent book, What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta, has been published by Mercer University Press. In a review published in Civil War News, Ted Savas calls Steve’s book “by far the most well-researched, thorough, and detailed account ever written about the ‘wrecking’ of Atlanta.” Last year the Georgia Writers’ Association recognized Dr. Davis with its Georgia Author of the Year Award in the category of History.

Steve is also a popular speaker to Civil War Round Tables and historical societies. He has spoken on “What the Yankees Did to Us” last fall to the Civil War Round Tables of Buffalo, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island (and got away with it!). This past April he gave talks at the annual meeting of the American Civil War Round Table (UK) in London, and in July spoke at Gettysburg during the commemorative weekend. His favorite event was last year when he addressed President and Mrs. Carter and family on the role of Copenhill (the Carter Center site) in the battle of Atlanta.

Click here for more information about Steve’s upcoming talk.

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Piecuch, Associate Professor of History at Kennesaw State University, specializes in the history of the American Revolution, and has published extensively on that topic. His books include The Battle of Camden: A Documentary History (2006), Three Peoples, One King: Loyalists, Indians and Slaves in the Revolutionary South (2008), “Cool Deliberate Courage”: John Eager Howard in the American Revolution (2009), and “The Blood Be Upon Your Head”: Tarleton and the Myth of Buford’s Massacre (2010). He has also written several articles and essays on colonial and Revolutionary history. Dr. Piecuch’s lecture for Americans at War will focus on the French and Indian War.

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle)

Fred Lehrer – “The Manhattan Project”

Fred Lehrer is a native of the New York Metropolitan Area, and grew up in Great Neck. He now resides with his wife Holly in Jupiter (FL), and spends summers in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Fred’s professional background includes management consulting, small business ownership, and venture capital. But a lifelong love of history is his real passion. He has been an active member of many historical groups, including Lincoln Group of New York, two Civil War Roundtables, Little Big Horn Associates, and several local history associations in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

In 2010 he began to share his passion with others by publishing a photographic history of his town entitled “Pocono Pines … Then & Now”. He also created presentations on several topics of great personal interest, and has delivered almost 100 lectures in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and Georgia. His vision is to bring to the general public a deeper understanding of familiar historical topics.

Click here to read a preview of Mr. Lehrer’s talk.

Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Lee Dunn – “Cracking the Solid South”

Before the echo of the Sumter guns had faded away, John Fletcher Hanson found himself on the battlefield in the Army of Northern Virginia. His experiences as a Confederate soldier impacted the rest of his life and the state of Georgia. Hanson founded Bibb Manufacturing, modernized the most important rail line and shipping company in the state, and launched the largest energy project in Georgia, while also enhancing educational opportunities for Georgians by helping to establish the Georgia Institute of Technology. Author, Lee Dunn’s story of this remarkable individual is told in her historical biography Cracking the Solid South, The Life of John Fletcher Hanson, Father of Georgia Tech. She will be bringing him to life in her talk at Heritage Sandy Springs.

Lee Dunn has researched southern history, garden and landscape history, and genealogy for over twenty years. She has been deeply involved in promoting the preservation and awareness of southern gardens and landscapes for seventeen years, through her service as a leader in The Garden Club of Georgia’s historic landscape preservation efforts, and was inducted into UGA’s Sigma Pi Kappa Honor Society in recognition of her leadership achievement in historic preservation of Georgia’s cultural landscapes.

She was a columnist for the Black Forest News in Colorado Springs, Colorado in her early career. Her weekly column covered city government, school board issues, and other community events. Lee is a graduate of Pierce College and the Historic Landscape Institute at the University of Virginia. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Mike. They have two sons and two grandsons also in the Atlanta area.

Lee is also the author of Cracking the Solid South: The Life of John Fletcher Hanson Father of Georgia Tech which is currently on sale.

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