Get Adobe Flash player

WWI lecture at Reinhardt focuses on bizarre troop accident at Etowah River

The Funk Heritage Center of Reinhardt University will host a free lecture on Wednesday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. Michael D. Hitt, a historical researcher and writer, has numerous publications concerning Roswell, Georgia and surrounding areas.  

His talk at the center concerns his latest research about a WWI tragedy that happened on June 16, 1918. On that date, a group of 50 men in a convoy from Georgia’s Camp Gordon, were crossing Steele’s Bridge over the Etowah River. The covered bridge had been constructed after the Civil War and it collapsed. A large Army truck with twenty soldiers fell 40 feet into the river. Three men were killed and 13 were injured. One of the rescuers was a nurse who had graduated from Reinhardt College.  

For those who like WWI history, this is a very interesting story. Fort Gordon was a temporary housing and training camp for new soldiers. It was located where DeKalb-Peachtree Airport is today. The camp was established in 1917 and named after John B. Gordon, Confederate general, Georgia governor and senator. 

The Funk Heritage Center is located on the campus of Reinhardt University. It is Georgia’s Official Frontier and Southeastern Indian Interpretive Center. Call 770-720-5970 for information. 

About Reinhardt University Founded in 1883, Reinhardt University is a private, comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Reinhardt offers 46 graduate and undergraduate programs, ranging from business and education to music and theater.  Reinhardt’s main residential campus is located in Waleska (Cherokee County), Ga., and offers selected programs in other regional centers including Cartersville, Canton and Woodstock, as well as online programs. Additional attractions on the Waleska campus include the Falany Performing Arts Center and the Funk Heritage Center. 

For more information, please contact Reinhardt at (770) 720-5600 or see