NEXT MEETING -- TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Poetry and Music of the War Between the States by the Gray Poet
Phil Turner’s Journey into 1861…
Phil’s civil war Journey began with books, “I Rode with Stonewall” by Henry Kid Douglass, “A Stillness at Appomattox” by Bruce Catton and many more. He read and read until he absorbed the facts and the atmosphere of that turbulent time in our history. Then came the battlefield visits, Manassas, Gettysburg, New Market, and, again, many more. Beautiful photos of monuments were made during these trips. In the early 90’s, during a stressful time in his life, Phil would wake up in the middle of the night and sit at the kitchen table and all of these thoughts and words about the Civil War would pour out of him. Many of his poems had dark themes about the blood and death of war. They were so realistic you would swear that he had been a soldier on the battlefield experiencing these events. Phil went on in later years to write similar words about Vietnam and World War ll. He also began to interview and video these surviving veterans, capturing a history that would soon be lost without such efforts. He has a true love of history and its preservation. This was recognized last year when Mayor Whitaker proclaimed him Historian and Poet Laureate of the City of Harlem, GA. His story is one worth telling and listening to. Phil has been married for 52 years to the former Jeanne Lowe. They have two children, Patrick of Gainesville GA, Melissa of Alpharetta and one 7 year old grandson Mason of Alpharetta. Jeanne Turner
Go to EVENTS for all the special activities coming up. The Rangers are wonderful and so helpful. There is a beautiful life size statue of A.H. Stephens in front of his home, Liberty Hall. On December 3, there will be guided tour of his home with Christmas trees decorated for the period in each room from 1pm to 3 pm.
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens' home, Liberty Hall, will be decorated with styles of the Victorian Christmas past. Enjoy a tour of the house, create a craft, and listen to the sounds of the Victorian Era. Refreshments will be served by the Friends of A.H. Stephens State Park. $4 - $8.00
Come out to see Christmas light displays every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 25, and ending December 25, 2022. Tour our 10 acre event field and see displays that have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will also be refreshments, a movie, and weather permitting a campfire. $0 plus $5 parking. 706-456-2602. Submitted by: Dollie Lacefield
New soon-to-be member, Bob Stephenson,
helped staff the recruiting booth at the Thomson Camellia Festival on Saturday, October 22.
Thanks Bob, David Butler, Tom Holley, Durham Milburn, and Lewis Smith
who all helped with this very productive day.
We collected money for the Legal Defense Fund and we put forth a great public image.
On Saturday, October 29, in remembrance of our veterans interred in the
Thomson Memorial Cemetery,
Camp 91, Thomson Guards flagged the burial sites.
Veterans Day is about appreciating all our veterans: past, present and future.
Thanks to all veterans for serving our country. We owe our freedoms to you! God Bless you all!
Don’t recognize these two? Marshall (12) and Gene (9), our grandsons, after their soccer games,
toured the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park with their grandmommy.
They were reluctant to go (too tired), but both agreed afterwards that it was awesome.
Gene stated that the film of the battle was “the best war documentary he had ever seen.”
Ya gotta start ‘em young! Tom
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