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Georgia Historical Society's

Annual Meeting & Garden Party

Thursday, April 14, 2011




Lisa L. White, Berrien Award 

Dr. Paul M. Pressly, Pinckney Award 


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Historical Marker Dedication

Jonathan Bryan

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

11 A.M.

Franklin Square



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Historical Marker Dedication

Phoebe Putnam Memorial Hospital 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

2 P.M.

Phoebe Putnam Memorial Hospital

1008 N. Monroe Street



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Georgia Historical Society's

Annual Book Sale

Friday and Saturday,

April 29-30, 2011 

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GHS Annual Book Sale

The Georgia Historical Society needs your used books for its Annual Book Sale to be held April 29-30, 2011. Clean out your closets and clear away your clutter to support this annual fund-raising event! 


Donations to the Book Sale are tax deductible. For more information or to volunteer, contact GHS at 912-651-2128 or email us at Open to the public! 


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Staff Updates

Elise LaPaglia is a Research Intern at GHS, and is dedicated to assisting in the development of resources associated with the Today in Georgia History program. She also provides logistical, research, and clerical support to the GHS Senior Historian and Research Specialist. Elise is a third-year architecture student at the Savannah College of Art and Design whose interest in Georgia history has led her to explore the GHS collections.

From the Archives 

Charles H. Olmstead papers, 1861-1921 (MS



This collection contains Charles Olmstead's memoirs, which detail his military career, five articles, and correspondence. Most of the collection pertains to his Civil War experiences, including the surrender of Fort Pulaski, being a prisoner of war, and raising the U.S. flag on Tybee Lighthouse in November, 1861. The collection also includes an article written by Olmstead about life in Savannah in the 1840s.

Fort Pulaski
Fort Pulaski after the siege.

Charles Hart Olmstead (1837-1926) was born in Savannah, the son of Jonathan Olmstead (1798-1854) and Eliza (Hart) Olmstead (1802-1881). He was educated in private schools in Savannah and at the Georgia Military Institute, Marietta, Ga., where he graduated in 1856. At the outbreak of the Civil War he, as Adjutant of the 1st Ga. Vol. Regt., was ordered to seize Fort Pulaski in January, 1861. He was Colonel in command of the Fort on its surrender to Federal forces in April 1862. He was taken prisoner, sent first to Governors Island, N.Y. then to Johnsons Island, Ohio. He was exchanged in Vicksburg, Miss., and again served with Confederate forces in and around Charleston, S.C. and Savannah. He assumed command of the 3rd Military District of S.C., but was soon ordered to take command of the 1st Ga. vol. Regt, which joined the Army of Tennessee for the remainder of the War. In addition to his "Memoirs" and articles on the Civil War, Olmstead wrote a book and articles on Savannah history.



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