Atlanta, GA, June 7, 2018: The Georgia Civil War Commission sponsored an art and essay contest pertaining to the American Civil War. All students residing in Georgiawere encouraged to participate. This year’s essay topic was The Capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Georgia.
There were over 20 submissions to the essay contest and the judging was difficult at times, but the top winners in each category have been determined. It is exciting to announce that in the middle school category, Samiksha Gaherwar of Riverwatch School in Suwanee earned a 3rd place award. The Commission is proud of all this year’s winners.
The Georgia Civil War Commission was created by the 1993 Georgia General Assembly. Its mandate, as spelled out in Senate Resolution 21, is to coordinate planning, preservation, and promotion of structures, buildings, sites, and battlefields associated with this significant period of our common heritage. The Commission has developed a State of Georgia Civil War Sites Heritage plan that promotes heritage tourism. Additionally, The Commission encourages local landowners and local governments to preserve Civil War battlefields and historic sites. The focus on education of our future generations through many different venues in a viable part of the Commission’s mission as well.