BATTLE OF ATLANTA WALKING TOUR: BATTLEFIELD EAST
NOTE: July 22 is the anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta. On this tour, we will be retracing the steps of the troops almost at the exact hour at which they happened.
This walking tour, which covers the eastern sector of the battlefield, begins and ends in East Atlanta Village. The tour route is about four miles in length and takes about 3.5 hours to complete. There is an optional lunch after the tour at Argosy in EAV..
We also offer private tours
- 0845, Meet at Joe's Coffee in East Atlanta Village (EAV)
- 0900, 20-minute battle briefing (EAV)
- 0945, Stop 1: Cleburne's & Maney's March (EAV)
- 1015, Stop 2: Gen Walker Monument (Glenwood Triangle)
- 1045, Stop 3: Rice's Brigade Initial Position (Memorial Dr)
- 1100, Stop 4: Battle Began Here (Clay St @ Memorial Dr)
- 1115, Stop 5: Unexpected Clash (Alonso Crim HS)
- 1145, Stop 6: Gen McPherson Monument (East Atlanta)
- 1215, Stop 7: Legget's Hill (Moreland Ave & I-20)
- 12:30, Tour Ends / Optional Lunch at Argosy
* 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.
- This tour begins and ends in East Atlanta Village. Joe's is a few blocks from The Argosy.
- You can walk, bike or drive to Joe's in East Atlanta Village. There is some parking along Flat Shoals and Glenwood but it is limited.
- The closest MARTA station is Inman Park-Reynoldstown, which is about 2 miles.
** The inspiration for this tour series was The Battle of Atlanta: History and Remembrance by Daniel A. Pollock