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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:29am

Markers Promote Civil War Tourism

The dedication of 10 new Civil War history-markers is part of a program that state officials hope drives more heritage tourism to Georgia. It's happening to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the War.

The Georgia Historical Society says the majority of 1,000 markers across the state tell the Civil War's story through the lens of military conflict. But Todd Groce with the Historical Society says these 10 new markers have a different focus:

“We found there was nothing about African-Americans during the Civil War, we found there was nothing about women...what were they doing. There was nothing about the homefront. There was very little about politics surprisingly or wartime industry."

The first of the new markers was dedicated last week in Effingham County to acknowledge the deaths of hundreds of just-freed slaves at Ebenezer Creek in December of 1864. Other dedications this year include in Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, and Quitman.

Groce says state economic development money is funding the new markers and others being repaired or replaced across Georgia. Officials hope to tap into renewed Civil War tourism in this anniversary year.