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We continue our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta at the Cyclorama,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We’ll host an evening with author Charles McNair to talk about his fascinating novel, Pickett’s Charge, which is sure to spark lively discussion on Thursday, April 10. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends, a date, or your book club and join us!”
Pickett’s Charge: A Novel by Charles McNair – FREE Lecture with the author on Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm
Believing himself to be the last surviving Civil War Confederate veteran, 114-year-old Threadgill Pickett is visited one day in 1964 by the ghost of his long-deceased brother, Ben. When Ben tells him that one Union soldier is still alive in Bangor, Maine, Threadgill leaves his nursing home in Mobile, Alabama to fight one last Civil War battle. Along the way, and through numerous adventures, Threadgill reexamines his long-held notions of valor and vengeance. Author Charles McNair uses elements of historical fiction to tell a compelling story of intrigue and Civil War high drama. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
“Pickett’s Charge is a genuine delight—a wild, comic, sometimes hallucinatory ride through a century of Southern history.” Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain
“Charles McNair has crammed the whole history of the South into one man’s epic lifetime adventure. Pickett’s Charge is big and noisy, comic and tragic, absurd and profound: a hundred times larger than life.” Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in 1921. The building contains the world’s largest oil painting. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. The centerpiece of the two story museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, maps and other artifacts. Tours of the Cyclorama take place throughout the day and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events depicted in the painting. The Atlanta Cyclorama is conveniently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information and to plan your visit our web site: www.atlantacyclorama.org.
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