Marietta receives regional award for Civil War commemoration

Marietta city officials on Wednesday received the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 2014 CREATE Community Award in the Community Involvement and Collaboration category for its year-long commemoration in 2014 of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battles of Marietta.

The 150th Committee was a collaboration between the city and various organizations, including Marietta’s Gone With the Wind Museum, Marietta Museum of History, the Cobb NAACP, Zion Baptist Church, local historians and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

The committee hosted guided tours of buildings that served as Civil War hospitals on the Marietta Square, tours of the National and Confederate Cemeteries, re-enactors, a Civil War musical at the Strand Theatre, the Sons of Union Veterans National Conference, Virginia’s Civil War HistoryMobile and a life-sized replica of the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley.

The culmination was the re-creation on Nov. 8, 2014, of the burning of the Marietta Square by General William Sherman.