Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chieftains Museum/ Major Ridge Home Commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial


                ROME, Ga. – The Chieftains Museum/ Major Ridge Home will be hosting a program for the Civil War Sesquicentennial in partnership with the Rome Area History Museum on Thursday, May 9th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dr. Bill Blackman will be presenting the lecture, "What Do Civil War Relics Teach Us?"

            For this occasion, the Lee letters will be on display at the museum. These two letters, correspondence from Robert E. Lee, originally belonged to the Addison Jones family, who were residents of the Major Ridge Home from 1863 to 1900. The letters, a part of the Chieftains collection, were preserved with funding from the Rome Area Heritage Foundation, and Bill and Linda Blackman of the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia.

            Dr. Bill Blackman, Dalton ophthalmologist and a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, first found a love for Civil War artifacts through friend and mentor, Dr. D. R. Mahan when he moved to Dalton in 1974. The two bullets Mahan gave him started a leisure pursuit that now absorbs much of Blackman's free time.   Blackman takes great pleasure in sharing his collection at shows and in exhibits for the public interested in the Civil War.  He has expanded this to historic preservation for the benefit of Dalton's heritage tourism industry. 

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