Steve Davis
Steve Davis

Heritage Sandy Springs will continues its free four-part speaker series on the Civil War this Thursday. The series accompanies the “The Civil War in Sandy Springs” museum exhibit:

Civil War Speaker Series: “What the Yankees Did to Us” presented by Steve Davis

Lecturer: Steve Davis

Thursday, July 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Historian Steve Davis takes a nearly street-by-street inventory of Civil War Atlanta and explains what was destroyed by the Union Army, what was destroyed by the Confederate Army and what was destroyed as a result of looting or rioting in this well-balanced lecture.

Davis attended Emory University and studied under renowned Civil War historian Bell Wiley. After a earning Master’s degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught high school, then earned his Ph.D. at Emory, where he concentrated on Civil War in Southern literature. He presently serves as medical relations director for MAG Mutual Insurance Company in Atlanta. Davis is the author of a book on the Atlanta Campaign, Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Heavy Yankee Battalions (2001). He served as book review editor for Blue and Gray Magazine from 1994 to 2005, and is the author of more than a hundred articles in such scholarly and popular publications as Civil War Times Illustrated and the Georgia Historical Quarterly. His new book, What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta, is published by Mercer University Press.

Civil War Speaker Series: Georgia’s Unknown Civil War History

Lecturer: John Inscoe

Thursday, Aug. 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

What you don’t know may surprise you. Georgia’s Civil War history is replete with historic firsts, secret spies and hidden histories. Learn about lesser known aspects of the Civil War in our state with historian John Inscoe.

Inscoe is the Albert B. Saye Professor of History at the University of Georgia, where he has taught for nearly 30 years. He is the author of several books about race, politics, and the Civil War in Southern Appalachia, and has edited or co-edited volumes on Georgia race relations, Appalachians and race in the 19th century, southern Unionists during the Civil War, Confederate nationalism and identity, produced as a tribute to colleague Emory Thomas. His most recently edited book is The Civil War in Georgia (2011), a compilation of articles drawn from the on-line New Georgia Encyclopedia, of which he’s been the editor since 1999. Inscoe is a graduate of Davidson College (BA), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA and PhD).

The Civil War Speaker Series lectures will take place in Heritage Hall, the lower level of Heritage Sandy Springs at 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Admission is free, donations are welcome. For more information, visit, contact Heritage Sandy Springs by phone at 404-851-9111 x 2 or by e-mail