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Written by Matt Davis on November 6, 2013. Posted in News/Weather

The final Civil War Symposium of the year is set for tomorrow night, Thursday, November 7th.  The presenter will be author Larry Stephens.  His lecture will focus on the subject matter of his book entitled “John P. Gatewood:  Confederate Bushwacker”, which was published in 2012, according to a release from the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Stephens will address both sides of the public perception of Gatewood, as a dedicated soldier and cold blooded killer.

Upon abandoning his duties with the Confederate army and returning home, Gatewood joined forces with a group of guerillas, wreaking havoc on Union sympathizers and seeking vengeance for the death of his mother and sister.

Larry Stephens currently serves as an assistant librarian for public services at Georgia Highlands College in Rome.  He originally became interested in the story of John P. Gatewood upon discovering that there is little information available about the violent life of the outlaw.

Tomorrow night’s symposium is set for 6:30 pm in the Coosa Room of the Rome-Floyd County Library.  It is free and open to the public.  Copies of “John P. Gatewood:  Confederate Bushwacker” will be available for purchase at the lecture.

The Civil War Symposium series is sponsored by the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau and hosted by the Rome-Floyd County Library as part of the observation of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Learn more about Civil War history in Rome and Floyd County by visiting www.TheCivilWarinRome.org or by calling the GRCVB at (706) 295-5576.


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