Georgia’s civil war battlefields take you back to a monumental time in American history. You can almost hear the guns of a divided nation as you explore our Civil War Heritage. In the shadows of Union and Confedrate soldiers, you can walk hidden trails, view earthen fortifications, visit pristine battlefields or pay silent homage in a National Historic Homage where the Blue and Grey rest together as comrades of history.
Gain a true understanding of the Civil War, and its impact at the Atlanta History Center’s award winning exhibition, Turning Point: The American Civil War. The permanent display is one of the USA’s largest and most comprehensive exhibits of this monumental event.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is home to the world’s largest relief sculpture. The memorial carving depicts three confederate heroes of the Civil War. Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
The Atlanta Cyclorama boast the world’s largest painting of the battle of Atlanta and the longest running cyclorama in the country.
This cemetery located in Atlanta is an antebellum cemetery containing the grave of many notable people including Margaret Mitchell, known and unknown Confederate soldiers and African Americans
Fort McAllister State Park
Fort McAllister State Park is located on the banks of the Great Ogeechee River south of Savannah. This Park is home to the best preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy.
Battle of Resaca
The battle of Resaca was the first major military encounter of the Atlanta campaign and was the only engagement during the campaign where combined forces of each army were present on the field of battle, involving around 150,000 men.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Situated near Savannah Fort Pulaski National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation on October 15, 1924.
Andersonville National Cemetery and Historic Site (Camp Sumter)
Camp Sumter as it was officially known was one of the largest Confederate military prisons established during the Civil War. It was built early in 1864, during the 14 months the prison existed; more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined there.
Civil War Trails:
The Andersonville Trail is a 90 mile sightseeing loop off intersate 75 in Southwest Georgia highlighting Andersonville Confederate Prison site. Andersonville Civil War Village , Jimmy Carter’s hometown of Plains, and Habitat’s Global Village and Discovery Center. This trail rich in history offers an important collection of American history sites, including the cornerstone, Andersonville, the National memorial to all American POWs.
This 100 mile trek takes you through seven communities in central Georgia that virtually escaped General Sherman’s March to the Sea. Visit Milledgeville, the former capital city, for a tour of the stately Old Governor’s Mansion. Tour the Hay House, a National Landmark in Macon, glimpse the covered bridge in Watkinsville, and see the unique double barrelled cannon in Athens.
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
The Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 18-20, 1863, marked the end of a Union offensive in south-central Tennessee and northwestern Georgia called the Chickamauga Campaign. The battle was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. The Chickamauga Campaign Trail follows the troops movements through four north-west Georgia counties.
Blue and Gray Trail
The roads through northwest Georgia, from Chattanooga to Atlanta, follow the paths of some of the most dramatic events in the Civil War and include more than 60 battlefields, national parks historic sites and museums. Here lies the route of “The Great Locomotive Chase” of 1862, the site of the second largest battle of the war and the first battlefield to be designated a National Military Park at Chickamauga.