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March 15, 2014

Talk on Sherman's March scheduled

The March meeting of the Dalton Civil War Roundtable is Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society at 715 Chattanooga Ave.

The program will be presented by noted Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden and is titled “Sherman’s March to Reach the South’s Industrial Heart.”

In his presentation, Ogden will discuss that military-industrial complex the Confederate government was increasingly building in central Georgia and central Alabama to support its bid for independence. He will talk about the industrial complex, a series of manufacturing, processing and distribution centers, that was keeping Southern armies in the field in 1863 and 1864 and which, as it grew, was becoming a more and more important target for Union armies, as Sherman was charged in 1864, to reach, to disrupt or destroy, “... inflicting all the damage you can against their War resources.” He will address some of the salient features of this widespread complex that, with many successes and frequent failings, was keeping arms and ammunition in the hands of its nation’s men, uniforms on its soldiers’ backs, and food, if monotonously, in the troops’ haversacks.

Ogden is a native of St. Mary’s County, Md. Interested in the Civil War since childhood, he obtained a degree in American history through the Civil War period and American military history from Frostburg State College.

Beginning work with the National Park Service in 1982, he has been stationed at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Georgia and Tennessee, Russell Cave National Monument, Ala., and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Va. In November 1988, he returned to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park as the historian, the position he presently holds.

He speaks regularly on aspects of the Civil War to historical organization across the eastern half of the United States including Civil War Round Tables in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans and Austin. In addition to directing tours of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga battlefields, he periodically takes groups to Stones River, Nashville, Franklin and some of the Atlanta Campaign sites.

Visitors and guests are invited. There is no admission charge to the Roundtable meetings. Light refreshments will be provided at the close of Ogden’s presentation.

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