The sesquicentennial is upon us! Across the country, communities are marking the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Civil War. In honor of the sesquicentennial, the Thomas County Historical Society will welcome speakers from across the region to present on the contributions of Georgians at home and on the front lines. Each lecture will occur at the Thomas County Museum of History at 7:30pm Tuesday evenings in March free of charge.
Joining us to kickoff the series of four programs is James W. Parrish, author of Wiregrass to Appomattox: The Untold Story of the 50th Georgia Infantry Regiment, CSA. On Tuesday March 4, Parrish will speak on South Georgians in the Civil War and focus on the actions and experiences of the 50th Georgia Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America- a story with a personal connection to Parrish’s family history. While researching his Wiregrass roots, Parrish discovered that two of his ancestors served in the 50th Georgia Infantry Regiment. Over the course of ten years, Parrish researched and authored the sole comprehensive history of this almost forgotten Georgia regiment. Released in 2008, Wiregrass to Appomattox continues to receive positive reviews from nationally recognized historians and Civil War publications. Parrish’s work has also resulted in several award and honors, including the Keeper of History Award from the Lowndes County Historical Society, The Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal from the Anna Jackson Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and induction into the Bonnie Blue Society of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Most recently, Parrish was instrumental in the design, preparation, and installation of a historic interpretive marker to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the 50th Georgia’s role at the Battle of Fox’s Gap, Maryland. Parrish spoke at the dedication ceremony in September of 2012. Parrish is a Native Georgian and received his BA in History from Florida State University, and went on to earn a MA in Political Science from the University of South Florida. Copies of Wiregrass to Appomattox: The Untold Story of the 50th Georgia Infantry Regiment, CSA are available for purchase at the Museum.
Other scheduled speakers include: March 11: Ephraim Rotter, Curator of Collections, Thomas County Museum of History presenting “Grand Old Flags: Saving, Restoring & Identifying the Confederate Flags at the Museum of History;” March 18: Dr. David Williams, professor of history at Valdosta State University, presenting “Georgia’s Civil War Home Front;” and March 25: Dr. Brent Tharp, Director of the Georgia Southern Museum presenting “Lawton Rediscovered: Recent Archaeology, Research, & Interpretation of the Confederate POW Camp.” For additional information on speakers and lecture topics, please visit www.thomascountyhistory.org .
Coinciding with the Spring Lecture Series is the launch of a new monthly event for children and families, Make History at the Museum, featuring games, crafts, and hands-on activities. The first program will be held Saturday March 15th from 10 am to noon on the grounds of the Thomas County Museum of History at 725 N. Dawson St and will focus on activities related to the Civil War era. Pre-registration for this event is encouraged and available on our website. The program fees are: $5 per adult, and $3 for children over the age of 6, children under 6 are free. Visit www.thomascountyhistory.org to register.