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If the Civil War iinterests you and you want to make the most out of that aspect of your visit to Marietta, get a copy of the Historical Guide for Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Marietta, Georgia by Bowling C. Yates. Though published in 1976, history doesn't change. A nice companion to this would be Georgia's Confederate Monuments and Cemeteries by Dr. David N. Wiggins, with coverage of Marietta area monuments and the Marietta National Cemetery, where over 10,000 Civil War veterans (both Union and Confederate) are entombed. For more general information on the area, a copy of Frommer's The Carolinas and Georgia my be helpful.
A proud former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rebecca Nash Padon, has teamed up with Joe McTyre, retired photographer for the same paper, to bring you Cobb County: Images of America. It includes the history of Cobb County and has many photographs of its historical buildings and sites, including Marietta.
Popular historical fiction author, Eugenia Price, has written a slew of novels with various locations of the antebellum south as their settings. In Beauty From Ashes, the third book in her Georgia Trilogy (the first two are Bright Captivity and Where Shadows Go), she places the heroine in Marietta, Georgia just as the Civil War begins.