Laura Spann set for presentation to history group
by Special to the Banner
Aug 16, 2013 | 1018 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Laura Spann, a researcher who grew up in Calhoun and now lives in White Bluff, Tenn., will be the featured speaker Sunday at the regular monthly meeting of the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society.

The program will get underway at 3 p.m. at the Hiwassee Heritage Center in Charleston.

Spann has been researching the Calhoun and Charleston area, and is helping to build an archive for the Hiwassee River Heritage Center.

Spann’s program will focus on local newspaper content during the Civil War. Spann said the newspaper accounts give a glimpse of how the war affected people at home and what life was like at that time.

“Starting about 1859-60, you can tell the war is looming,” Spann explained. “Businesses start publishing requests that all accounts be settled, sometimes with a threatening tone. Some even say they are closing and moving away. Later, payment requests are to be made in Confederate money.”

As Spann continued researching the accounts from 150 years ago, she found requests for volunteer enlistments, clothing for uniforms and supplies from the public. This presentation is a peek into what the general public faced during this tragic war time.

“With the 150th commemoration of the Civil War in full swing, Laura’s presentation is a great opportunity to explore what was happening in our small towns right here on the Hiwassee River,” said Joe Bryan, CCH Historical Society president.

Also at the meeting, Bryan said a new cemetery mapping project will be revealed.

The group meets each month on the third Sunday at 3 p.m. at various locations in the Calhoun and Charleston communities. Membership is $10 per year and comes with special discounts at the group’s events throughout the year.

Anyone interested in membership or receiving emails on meetings or activities should contact Darlene Goins at 423-336-2763 or