BATTLE OF ATLANTA WALKING TOUR: BATTLEFIELD WEST
This walking tour, which covers the western sector of the battlefield, begins at Sherman's Headquarters (Carter Center) and ends at Fort Walker (SE corner of Grant Park). The tour route is about six miles in length and takes about 4.5 hours to complete, which includes a 30-minute picnic lunch stop. See below for related tour routes...
0945, Please arrive at the Jimmy Carter Library by 0945
1000, Tour Begins w/ 20-minute Battle Briefing
1030, Stop 1: Gen Sherman's Headquarters (Carter Center)
1050, Stop 2: Degress Battery (Degress St)
1100, Stop 3: Troup Hurt House (Degress St)
1115, Stop 4: Railroad Cut / Widow Pope House (Inman Park MARTA station)
1140, Stop 5: Manigault's Brigade (Springvale Park)
1150, Picnic lunch in Springvale Park (please pack a lunch)
1230, Stop 6: Confederate Line Stop (Delta Park)
1300, Stop 7: Gen Hood's Post / Lion of Atlanta (Oakland Cemetery)
1415, Stop 8: Ft Walker (Grant Park)
1430, Tour Ends
* Route and times subject to change based on group, weather, road conditions, etc.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Participating on this tour** is a powerful experience. On July 22, 1864 over 70,000 soldiers engaged in an 8-hour battle that began on the corner of Clay St and Memorial Dr in modern-day Kirkwood. The fighting spread westward and northward. The battlefront stretched from modern-day DeKalb Ave in Inman Park to Glenwood Ave in East Atlanta Village; essentially today's Moreland Ave.
This event is known as the Battle of Atlanta. The battlefield encompassed what are now the neighborhoods of East Atlanta, Edgewood, Kirkwood, Inman Park and Reynoldstown. The eastern boundary of the city's inner fortifications ran through modern-day Grant Park.
By the end of the day over 12,000 men had been killed or wounded. After the war, eye-witnesses reported that, by the end of that day, a river of blood was running down Leggett's Hill, which was located where the I-20 / Moreland Ave interchange is today.
When you consider that this occurred where tens of thousands of Atlantans live, work, eat and play every day you begin to understand why this is such a powerful experience for those who participate. The reason many people don't know about this major battle is that the battlefield was not preserved like we see at Kennesaw and Gettysburgh. The battlefield for the Battle of Atlanta is now covered by a freeway (I-20), busy streets (DeKalb and Moreland Aves), a shopping center (Edgewood) and transit station (Inman Park-Reynoldstown).
Just so you know, we do not advocate for either side of the Civil War, nor do we honor those who fought or what they fought for. Our purpose in offering these tours is simply to help those who are interested better understand what happened in this part of Atlanta on July 22, 1864.
Our tour stops range from 5 - 15 minutes in duration and their purpose is to discuss and reflect on what happened at that location. The minimum age to participate is 15.
GETTING THERE & BACK
- The Inman Park MARTA station is about one mile from the starting location, which is the Carter Center.
- The King Memorial MARTA station is about 1.5 miles from the ending location, which is Ft Walker in Grant Park
** The inspiration for this tour series was The Battle of Atlanta: History and Remembrance by Daniel A. Pollock