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West Georgia Professor to speak on Civic War anniversary

Posted April 12, 2013 by Georgia's Rome in News

Friday, April 12, 2013

GRCVB Contact:

Chris Cannon, director of communications

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: West Georgia Professor to speak on Civic War anniversary

ROME, GA. — The Civil War Symposium on April 18 will feature Dr. Keith S. Hebert, Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia.


Hebert will present “Streight’s Raid and the Making of Confederate Heroes and Heroines.”

His discussion will take place one day before the 150th anniversary of Streight’s Raid. The raid, which took place from April 19 – May 3, 1863 was a Union attack on Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

Confederate leader Nathan Bedford Forrest stopped the troops immediately prior to the their attack on Rome. He arrived in Rome on May 3 and was hailed as a hero.

The symposium will take place in the Coosa Room of the Rome – Floyd County Library at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Hebert holds a Ph.D. in History from Auburn University where he studied under Dr. Kenneth W. Noe. His research focuses on the history of Northwest Georgia civilians and communities during the Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War. Hebert has published several entries in the Encyclopedia of Alabama, including articles on Streight’s Raid and Emma Sansom.

He is also a Northwest Georgia native of Bartow County.  He is currently preparing a manuscript on the history of the Reconstruction era Ku Klux Klan in Appalachia.

The Civil War Symposium Series is sponsored by the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau and hosted by the Rome – Floyd County Library. The goal of the series is to educate the community on the area’s rich Civil War history during the sesquicentennial of the war.

To learn more about Civil War history across Rome and Floyd County, visit or call 706.295.5576.


The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Georgia. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic fabric of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.


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