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History's Bloodiest Single Day's Combat

Averett University's Authors on Campus Series is pleased to present its first author for the fall, Dr. Marc Wortman. Wortman will lecture about his book "The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta" at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 in Blount Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

In "The Bonfire," Wortman's narrative history tells of the destruction of Atlanta, a key Confederate city, from the point of view of some of the citizens and soldiers who lived through it. Wortman tracks the military activity that ultimately led General Sherman to target the city and the important and pivotal political role the city held. Atlanta's mayor at the time, James Calhoun, and a slave named Bob Yancey share the story from the perspective of two Atlantans'.

An award winning freelance journalist, Wortman has also written "The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War" and "Invented American Air Power." He has spoken to audiences around the U.S. and appeared on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN and other radio and television outlets.

The book is on sale at The Schoolfield House Booksellers - $15.95 for paperback and $28.95 for hardback.

Averett's Authors on Campus Series is a component of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Reading Critically for Success.

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