June meeting – Michael K. Shaffer

Please join us on June 10 as Michael K. Shaffer speaks to us about the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. We welcome all guests with the hopes that they will join, so please consider bringing someone to the meeting this month. 

Meeting time: Tuesday, June 10, 2014; 7:30 p.m.

Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia

Topic: “The Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain”

During the spring of 1864, a shift in Union military strategy resulted from the promotion of Ulysses S. Grant to lieutenant general. Grant, elevated to command of all Federal forces, had proven himself the officer capable of finally fulfilling President Abraham Lincoln’s long-term goal of attacking the Confederate forces on all fronts. Although Grant would remain in the eastern theater, shepherding the actions of the Army of the Potomac, his chief subordinate in the west, Major General William T. Sherman, would focus on two military objectives: the defeat of General Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee and the capture of the strategic rail-head city of Atlanta. The accomplishment of one, or both, would prove beneficial to Lincoln’s re-election bid.The resultant Atlanta Campaign, a series of maneuvering actions and various engagements, eventually brought both combatants to Cobb County, and the important Battle of Kennesaw Mountain on June 27, 1864.

Michael K. Shaffer serves as the assistant director and lecturer at Kennesaw State University’s Civil War Center in Kennesaw, Georgia. As a Civil War historian, newspaper columnist, and author of Washington County, Virginia, in the Civil War, he remains an active member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, and Georgia Association of Historians. He serves on the boards of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County and the River Line Historic Area, and as a Civil War consultant for the Friends of Camp McDonald. Shaffer also belongs to the Atlanta Civil War Round Table. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in military history.

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