The June 7th First Wednesday in the Georgia Room program at the Switzer Library will feature author Brad Quinlin discussing his in-depth research on the Civil War. The free program is from 7 pm to 8 pm.
Quinlin has an extensive background in history and genealogy with a major focus on being able to recall intricate details of Civil War battles. With his research he has been able to identify unknown soldiers’ graves at the Marietta National Cemetery and several other historical burial sites.
He has dedicated his life to determining who is laid to rest in many unknown graves by piecing together their stories. His passion has led him to discover the background on several different unknown graves, such as a Confederate soldier who was accidentally buried among the Union soldiers at Marietta National Cemetery and an African American nurse who treated a countless number of wounded soldiers.
His genealogical research has helped many families learn about their ancestry. On the NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?” he met with actor Matthew Broderick to help him find the unknown grave where his grandfather had been laid to rest after the Civil War. Quinlin has helped countless others discover their roots, including former Vice President Dick Cheney.
His presentation will weave together the past and the present and pay tribute to those who lost their lives, as well as educate patrons on what they can do to learn about their own history.
Quinlin, who has penned “Rest Brave Comrades, Your Work is Done” and “Bleeding Gray and Blue, Marietta’s Extensive Civil War Hospitals 1863 & 1864” will be answering questions and signing books at this event.
Brad Quinlin’s current work includes the new United States Colored Troop exhibit for the Atlanta History Center. He is also a researcher for the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park visitor’s center movie “Kennesaw: One Last Mountain” and the PBS five-part mini-series, “Civil War: The Untold Story.”
The Georgia Room is located in the Switzer Library, 266 Roswell Road, Marietta 30060. (770) 528-2333.