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Marching Through the Heart of the Confederacy: Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign & the March to the Sea by Derek Maxfield

March 27, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Marching Through the Heart of the Confederacy: Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign & the March to the Sea

by Derek Maxfield

Undertaken in the summer of 1864, Sherman’s drive on Atlanta and subsequent march to Savannah tore the heart out of the Confederacy. Atlanta was a major manufacturing center and railroad hub that was utterly destroyed by Sherman’s army. The march across Georgia was designed as psychological warfare as much as military. By the time Sherman reached Atlanta the Confederate will to fight was swiftly diminishing.

Derek Maxfield

Derek Maxfield is an associate professor of history at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY, where he is also coordinator of the college’s Historical Horizons Lecture Series. In 2013  Maxfield was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities for his work coordinating the college’s programs related to the Civil War sesquicentennial, which included a lecture series, annual encampment, essay contests and more.

Maxfield holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from SUNY Cortland and a Master of Arts degree from Villanova University. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Buffalo, where he is ABD (all but disseration). Among Maxfield’s research interests are 19th century politics and culture, especially Victorian death ways and the Civil War.

Maxfield lives in Churchville, NY, with his wife, Christine, and his two children— daughter Quincy, 15, and son Jesse, 13.


Join us for a Friendly & Fun Evening of Civil War History!

Doors open at 5:30
Meal served at 6:30
Presentation at 7:30

We meet at:

2801 Telegraph Road
Mehlville (St Louis), MO 63125

Dinner and Presentation
Members . . . . . . . . . . . . .$20.00 (each)
Students (under 21). . . . . $7.00 (each)
Guests & Others . . . . . . . $25.00 (each)
Members who do not make an advance dinner reservation will be charged $25.00
Presentation ONLY
Members/Students . . . . . $ 5.00 (each)
Guests & Others . . . . . . . $10.00 (each)

NOTE: We accept all major credit/debit cards, cash, and checks at our meetings.

Please note – there is a $14.00 per person charge for anyone who registers for dinner and does not show up.  No refunds unless we are notified by 5 p.m. on Sunday prior to the meeting.

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March 27, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm