This tour was rescheduled from Mar 25 to Mar 31
This is one of several tours designed by ExploreATL Tours that focus on the Battle of Atlanta, which took place on July 22, 1864. We also offer private tours for local residents and out of town visitors.
BATTLE OF ATLANTA WALKING TOUR: BATTLEFIELD EAST
This walking tour, which covers the eastern sector of the battlefield, begins at the Walker Monument (Glenwood Triangle) and ends at Sherman's Headquarters (Carter Center). The tour route is about six miles in length and takes about 4.5 hours to complete, which includes a 45-minute lunch stop in EAV. See below for other tour routes...
- 945, Please arrive at Walker Monument by 0945
- 1000, Stop 1: Walker Monument (Glenwood Triangle)
- 1015, 20-min Battle Briefing at DeKalb Memorial Park
- 1045, Stop 2: Battle Began Here (Clay St @ Memorial Dr)
- 1100, Stop 3: Unexpected Clash (Alonso Crim HS)
- 1115, Stop 4: McPherson Monument (East Atlanta)
- 1130, Lunch Stop: Argosy in EAV [45 mins]
- NOTE: Stops 6-11 on this tour are also covered on our Battle of ATL Walking Tour, WEST so, if you have taken that tour already you are welcome to leave the tour after lunch; it's totally up to you
- 1230, Stop 5: Legget's Hill (I-20 @ Moreland Ave)
- 1300, Stop 6: Confederate Line Stop (Delta Park)
- 1315, Stop 7: Manigault's Brigade (Springvale Park)
- 1345, Stop 8: Railroad Cut / Widow Pope House (Inman Park MARTA station)
- 1400, Stop 9: Troup Hurt House (Degress St)
- 14:10, Stop 10: Degress Battery (Degress St)
- 14:30, Stop 11: Gen Sherman's Headquarters (Carter Center)
- 14:30, 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.
- The Walker Monument is about 2.5 miles from the Edgewood-Candler Park and East Lake MARTA stations
- The Carter Center is about one mile from the Inman Park MARTA station
- If you are driving, you might consider parking you car at the ending location and taking Uber or car-pooling with another guest to the starting location.
** The inspiration for this tour series was The Battle of Atlanta: History and Remembrance by Daniel A. Pollock