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Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis

Decatur Library Auditorium

November 25, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

We are delighted to present another lecture in our continuing series in observance of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War featuring Stephen Davis. During the Civil War, Atlanta was wrecked, but not by burning alone. In What the Yankees Did to Us longtime Atlanta resident Stephen Davis uses extensive research to convey the destruction the city withstood. General William T. Sherman’s Union forces had invaded the city by late July 1864. Northern artillerymen, on Sherman’s direct orders, began shelling the interior of Atlanta, knowing that civilians still lived there and continued despite their knowledge that women and children were being killed and wounded. Countless buildings were damaged by Northern missiles and the fires they caused. Davis provides the most extensive account of the shelling of Atlanta, relying on contemporary newspaper accounts more than any previous scholar. Davis earned a PhD in American Studies, an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA from Emory University. He has been fascinated by the Civil War since the fourth grade, and has authored more than one hundred articles on the subject. For over twenty years, he served as book review editor for Blue & Gray Magazine and is the author of ,Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Yankee Heavy Battalions.