January 12, 2023 at 6:30 pm
The 14-day battle of the Kennesaw Mountain line was important to the outcome of the Atlanta Campaign. The rising peak of Kennesaw controlled the supply route of Shermans Army and guarded the town of Marietta Georgia. This story is told through letters of the men who fought at Kennesaw and lived the horrors of the battle and campaign for Atlanta.
Brad was born in Monmouth Illinois and has lived in Indiana, Massachusetts, and finally Georgia. Brad has always loved the study of American History. Moving to Georgia he took the path to study the American Civil War. He has been a reenactor for 33 years, worked on 32 movies and TV Shows. He was a background artist in Glory, Gettysburg, Andersonville, and an actor in the TV show, Perfect Tribute. On the TV show “Who do you think you are” he showed the actor Matthew Broderick the last three days of his gr-gr-grandfathers life. Robert Martindale of the 20th Connecticut infantry was killed July 23, 1864 near Atlanta. Brad showed Matthew where Robert is buried in the Marietta National Cemetery. Brad also was the research advisor on three more Who do You Think You Are shows. Brad was the lead researcher and advisor for the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield film called “One last mountain” the film has now received 3 awards. Brad was a researcher on the TV documentary “The untold story of the Civil War”. He also worked as an advisor for the National Geographic show “Diggers” Brad is a master volunteer for the National Park Service with over 10,000 hours of Volunteer work. His research is being used in the new exhibits for the new Cyclorama building of the Atlanta History Center and Brad has researched 2 new wayside exhibits for Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield National Park.
Brad has written or co-written 23 books on the American Civil war. By the end of 2021 Brad and 2 of his friends will have 5 historical books finished for the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage center. Brad’s work is being used in 5 museums across the United States. Brad gives tours of Americas battlefields to people from across the world. Brad has been on the Marietta Cemetery Memorial committee for 5 years and has worked on the Wreaths across America programs for Marietta National Cemetery for 26 years. Brad has been married for 47 years and has two boys and now 7 grandchildren.