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Where to Remember the Battle of Atlanta, 150 Years Later

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Today, July 22, 2014, marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta. While the city managed to survive (to some extent) until it was burned to the ground in September by Sherman's troops, the battle was a turning point in the Civil War and changed our city forever. Atlanta, always the phoenix, continues to reinvent itself atop its own ashes, even today, so sometimes we have to dig a little deeper than other cities when we want to walk through history. The battlefields where lives were lost, the hills where troops were watched with tired eyes and the buildings where history-altering strategies were hatched are now beneath highways, schools, shops and houses. Here's how to find them.


Emory's Center for Digital Scholarship has also created a worthy smartphone friendly tour of the sites for the tech savvy, and Roadside Georgia provides helpful driving instructions.

["Beginning of the Battle" marker and Fort Walker marker images via CivilWarMarkers.com. Major General Walker, General McPherson markers and Troup-Hurt House site via Google Maps. Atlanta Cyclorama, General Hood, General Sherman, battlefield image via Wikimedia Commons.]

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1. Sherman's HQ

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441 Freedom Pkwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 865-7100

The area that is now the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library was once the August Hurt House, General William Sherman's headquarters during the Battle of Atlanta.

2. General Hood's vantage point

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248 Oakland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Confederate General John Bell Hood used part of what is now Oakland Cemetery as his vantage point during the battle.

3. Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum

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800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 658-7625
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Today is the perfect day to visit Cyclorama. See the stunning 42 foot by 358 foot painting of the Battle of Atlanta while listening to a narration of its dramatic events.

4. Monument to General McPherson

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1408 McPherson Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

A cannon pointing skyward marks the spot where Union General James McPherson was killed.

5. Leggett's Hill

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Leggetts Hill
Atlanta, GA 30316

While the hill, once called Bald Hill then renamed Leggett's Hill in honor of the division commander who took it, was flattened during I-20 construction, its significance remains. Some of the battle's most intense fighting occurred there and its loss was devastating for the Confederate troops.

6. Troup-Hurt House Site

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The Troup-Hurt House saw intense battles and is the vantage point from which the Cyclorama painting was created. In its place now sits a 1907 church that has been converted into a home.

7. Fort Walker

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602 Atlanta Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

At the time of the battle, Atlanta was surrounded by 12 miles of defensive forts. The only remnants of this great (but ultimately ineffective) defense system are located in Fort Walker.

8. Major General Walker Monument

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Glenwood Triangle
Atlanta, GA 30317

Just prior to the start of the Battle of Atlanta, Confederate Major General William H.T. Walker was mortally wounded at this spot, which now features a cannon memorial similar to that used to commemorate General McPherson.

9. Where It Started

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Clay St
Atlanta, GA 30316

On an unassuming residential street just off Memorial stands a plaque indicating the spot where the bloody battle began just after noon 150 years ago.

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1. Sherman's HQ

441 Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

The area that is now the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library was once the August Hurt House, General William Sherman's headquarters during the Battle of Atlanta.

441 Freedom Pkwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

2. General Hood's vantage point

248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Confederate General John Bell Hood used part of what is now Oakland Cemetery as his vantage point during the battle.

248 Oakland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

3. Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum

800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Today is the perfect day to visit Cyclorama. See the stunning 42 foot by 358 foot painting of the Battle of Atlanta while listening to a narration of its dramatic events.

800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

4. Monument to General McPherson

1408 McPherson Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316

A cannon pointing skyward marks the spot where Union General James McPherson was killed.

1408 McPherson Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

5. Leggett's Hill

Leggetts Hill, Atlanta, GA 30316

While the hill, once called Bald Hill then renamed Leggett's Hill in honor of the division commander who took it, was flattened during I-20 construction, its significance remains. Some of the battle's most intense fighting occurred there and its loss was devastating for the Confederate troops.

Leggetts Hill
Atlanta, GA 30316

6. Troup-Hurt House Site

Atlanta, GA 30307

The Troup-Hurt House saw intense battles and is the vantage point from which the Cyclorama painting was created. In its place now sits a 1907 church that has been converted into a home.

7. Fort Walker

602 Atlanta Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

At the time of the battle, Atlanta was surrounded by 12 miles of defensive forts. The only remnants of this great (but ultimately ineffective) defense system are located in Fort Walker.

602 Atlanta Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

8. Major General Walker Monument

Glenwood Triangle, Atlanta, GA 30317

Just prior to the start of the Battle of Atlanta, Confederate Major General William H.T. Walker was mortally wounded at this spot, which now features a cannon memorial similar to that used to commemorate General McPherson.

Glenwood Triangle
Atlanta, GA 30317

9. Where It Started

Clay St, Atlanta, GA 30316

On an unassuming residential street just off Memorial stands a plaque indicating the spot where the bloody battle began just after noon 150 years ago.

Clay St
Atlanta, GA 30316