Step back into history in Newnan for Civil War encampment today

There will be a lot of interactive history on display today (Saturday) as the historic train depot on East Broad Street in Newnan becomes the site of a Civil War encampment. Later in the day the Wadsworth Auditorium will feature a lecture on aspects of the life of Abraham Lincoln.

The Civil War encampment will begin at 10 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. at the old train depot located at 60 East Broad Street. Living historians will portray Confederate and federal soldiers and civilians. Those attending are invited to participate in 1860s crafts and learn about the year 1863. 

Sponsored by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, tickets to the event are free for members and $5 for non-members.

Later on Saturday at the Wadsworth Auditorium Dr. Gordon Jones will present “Lincoln and Liberty,” a Civil War lecture that will explore Lincoln’s evolving ideology of freedom, the Emancipation Proclamation and other facets of Lincoln’s life. Dr. Jones is the Senior Military Historian at the Atlanta History Center and received his doctorate from Emory University. 

The lecture will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for students. 

The Wadsworth Auditorium is located at 25 Jefferson Street near downtown Newnan.

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