Evidence of Civil War battle could soon be uncovered near Cobb County’s Concord Road covered bridge

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Evidence of Civil War battle could soon be uncovered near Cobb County’s Concord Road covered bridge.

The National Parks Service has awarded The Lamar Institute a Battlefield Preservation Planning Grant in the amount of $95,887 to locate and document the boundaries of the 1864 Battle of Ruff’s Mill near Smyrna.
The Institute, a non-profit organization based in Savannah, is hoping to involve local land owners and archaeologists in the project.

The battle took place on July 4, 1864 following the Union Army’s failed assault on Kennesaw Mountain. According to the Concord Covered Bridge Historic District’s website, the battle of Ruff’s Mill was fought along Concord Road during Confederate General Joseph Johnston’s retreat to Atlanta.

Rita Elliott, education coordinator and research associate with the Savannah-based institute, said the organization was approached about 18 months ago by Philip Ivester, a local property owner who found...

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Very interesting article and these smaller battle sites are important, but they lost with this one comment.

She said the organization is particularly interested in the stories of “African Americans who were enslaved and forced to construct these defenses for an army that was holding them captive.”
 

Belle Montgomery

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Very interesting article and these smaller battle sites are important, but they lost with this one comment.

She said the organization is particularly interested in the stories of “African Americans who were enslaved and forced to construct these defenses for an army that was holding them captive.”
Every year it seems the focus has become more and more shifted on the slaves alone (ie: Arlington tour etc.) therefore chipping away at the "whole" ACW story and the facts and other diverse subjects pertaining to it.
 
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I would be will to bet that those line items pretty much had to be listed in the grant application in order for them to get THE grant. I just can't believe how much they are paying folks to do stuff I do for FREE.
 
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