The Civil War in Georgia Commemorating 150 years Civil War Georgia Sesquicentennial

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  • Cyclorama to move to the Atlanta History Center

    July 2014 -- The Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta, a panoramic painting that has been displayed in Grant Park since 1921, is moving to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead. Read more...

  • Interactive project connects past and present in Atlanta

    July 2014 -- "War In Our Backyards: The story of 1864 Atlanta" is a project of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's data journalism team to help readers understand the events in Atlanta in summer 1864. It uses today's interactive technology to allow readers to explore historic events in new ways. Read more...

  • Re-enactors in the city: Atlanta Magazine's Civil War photo series

    July 2014 -- Atlanta Magazine's July issue contains a collection of photographs that juxtapose Civil War re-enactors with modern environments of Atlanta Campaign battle sites. See photographer Gregg Segal's take on the Civil War in Atlanta in "Atlanta's Civil War sites: Then and now." Read more...

  • Historic neighborhoods plan Battle of Atlanta Commemorative Events

    July 2014 -- July 22, 2014, will mark the 150th Anniversary of the historic Civil War Battle of Atlanta. To commemorate the important event, the neighborhoods in Atlanta’s 5th Council District have teamed up to organize B*ATL. This will not only be an event of remembrance but also one with fun for everyone. Read more...

  • Emory University launches mobile app tour of Battle of Atlanta sites

    June 2014 -- A new self-guided mobile tour of sites related to the Battle of Atlanta is available from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. The smartphone-friendly tour requires no download, and includes maps, historical information, photos and videos, and even parking suggestions. Read more...

  • Family donates Great Locomotive Chase Medal of Honor to Southern Museum

    May 2014 -- Descendents of a participant in the Civil War's Great Locomotive Chase donated a 110-year-old Medal of Honor to the Southern Museum in Kennesaw on May 24, 2014. The family also donated written accounts and personal belongings of Wilson W. Brown, who was part of a group of Union soldiers who stole the General locomotive from Kennesaw in 1862. Read more...

  • Battle app guides travelers to Atlanta Campaign spots

    May 2014 -- The Civil War Trust and the Atlanta History Center have created a free app to guide travelers through battlefields and other sites in the Atlanta Campaign. Optimized for iOS and Android devices, the app includes audio of first-hand accounts of the action, video of battlefield experts offering interpretation of key events, and images of artifacts. Three tours stop at 29 Virtual Signs, and an addition 36 points of interest are highlighted on a GPS-enabled map. Read more...

  • C-SPAN to air Kennesaw State’s Civil War symposium

    April 2014 -- Segments of Kennesaw State University's Center for the Study of the Civil War Era's 11th Annual Symposium will air on C-SPAN during April and May. Coverage of the "1864-The Western Theater" symposium is part of C-SPAN's series marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The American History TV series is aired on C-SPAN3. Read more...

  • Cobb County events to mark sesquicentennial

    March 2014 -- Marietta officials and local historians are gearing up for a series of events to take place this spring and summer commemorating Marietta’s role in the Civil War. It’s a yearlong commemoration, but most sesquicentennial events are set for June, when Sherman took Marietta. Some activity will be featured on the Marietta Square almost every day throughout that month. Read more...

  • See unusual Civil War artifact at Sweetwater Creek State Park

    December 2013 -- A rare crate of Civil War-era rifles that was recovered from a Confederate shipwreck is now on display in the lobby of the Visitor’s Center at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Douglas County, Ga. The crate is undergoing conservation with the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and is housed in a large aquarium of filtered water, which is slowly drawing out salt and other contaminants. Read more...

  • Piece of a Civil War ironclad ship retrieved from Savannah River

    November 2013 -- Archeologists working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, aided by divers and salvage operations teams from the U.S. Navy, retrieved a 64-square-foot section of CSS Georgia, a Civil War ironclad warship, from the bottom of the Savannah River the evening of Nov. 12. The small portion will allow archeologists to assess the condition of the remainder of the ship, which will be removed and preserved as part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Read more...

  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park expands by 42 acres

    October 2013 -- A significant site in the Battle for Atlanta has been added to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, the nation’s most visited Civil War battlefield site. The 42-acre property includes Nodine’s Hill, which saw fighting in the June 1864 Kennesaw Mountain battle, when the Confederate Army led by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston tried to halt the advance of Union forces led by Gen. William T. Sherman. The Nodine’s Hill land includes remnant Union entrenchments, rifle pits and cannon placements. Read more...

  • Drones record Battle of Chickamauga reenactment

    September 2013 -- Watch a compilation of video collected from a drone flying above the Battle of Chickamauga reenactment events Sept. 20-22, 2013, at Mountain Cove Farm.

  • Civil War reenactors gather in Tunnel Hill

    September 2013 -- Reenactors gathered in Tunnel Hill, Ga., Sept. 7-8 to portray the Battle of Tunnel Hill, which preceded the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. Read a news report of the event from Chattanooga's WRCB TV.

  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to mark 150 years since historic battle

    August 2013 -- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a series of programs in September to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga. On Sept. 14-15, 2013, living historians will guide visitors on a “walk through time,” explaining events in North Georgia between 1860 and 1864. Chattanooga Double Decker is offering bus tours of the battlefield Sept. 16-22. On Sept. 18-20, the actual dates of the battle, historians and rangers will lead walks covering the same ground soldiers fought upon in 1863. For details about these events, read more...

  • The Blue Gray Alliance to reenact the Battle of Chickamauga

    August 2013 -- The Blue Gray Alliance is working with Walker County, Ga., to present the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga. Events will take place Sept. 19-22 at Mountain Cove Farms. The battle reenactments scheduled for Sept. 21-22 are open to the public. For more information and to purchase tickets, read more...

  • Brown’s Mill Battlefield Civil War Historic Site Opens July 27, 2013

    July 2013 -- The only Civil War park south of Atlanta and one of only two Civil War parks in the nation featuring a cavalry battle is set to open July 27, 2013, in Newnan, Ga. The 104-acre Brown’s Mill Battlefield Civil War Historic Site includes walking trails and interpretive signs that describe the events 149 years ago that forced Major General William T. Sherman to adopt new tactics for the Atlanta Campaign. Read more...

  • Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site opens June 21, 2013

    June 2013 -- Gordon County is cutting the ribbon on the Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site in Resaca at 3 p.m. June 21, 2013. The 65-acre site contains two well-preserved fortified areas used by both Confederate and Union forces during and after the Civil War. Read more...

  • Archeological dig at Camp Lawton to resume this summer

    May 2013 -- Researchers and students will break new ground at Camp Lawton this summer to continue searching for Civil War artifacts. Their search began in 2010, when a Georgia Southern University archaeology student discovered remains of the prison camp’s stockade walls. Since then, more than 600 artifacts have been recovered from the site near Millen, which held more than 10,000 Union prisoners in 1864. Read more...

  • Historic Lost Mountain Preserved for Public Use

    May 2013 -- More than 150 acres of mostly forested land, including Confederate earthworks, have been permanently protected for public use in Cobb County. Lost Mountain anchored a 10-mile Confederate defensive line against Union troops marching toward Atlanta preceding the battle of Kennesaw Mountain in 1864. Limited public access to the property and historical interpretation will be developed. Read more...

  • Enter 'The Civil War in Georgia' photo contest by May 26, 2013

    April 2013 -- In May, the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is holding an online photo contest with the theme "The Civil War in Georgia." Photo contest entries must be taken of a site or building associated with the Civil War in the State of Georgia. The winning photographer will receive an annual membership to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and a copy of the comprehensive "Crossroads of Conflict: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia." All submissions will be displayed in a gallery on HPD's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/georgiashpo. Entries are due May 26, 2013. Read more....

  • Conan O’Brien visits Resaca, participates in battle reenactment

    April 2013 -- During a trip to Georgia to record episodes of the late-night talk show “Conan” at the Tabernacle in Atlanta in early April, host Conan O’Brien visited Resaca and participated in a Civil War reenactment. Watch the video below to see how well Conan fit into the role of soldier in the 123rd N.Y. Infantry.

  • Monument honors those who tried to stop Sherman at Griswoldville

    March 2013 -- A monument commemorating the men who defended Georgia at the Battle of Griswoldville near Macon now stands completed in the Griswoldville Battlefield Park. The battle was the last major engagement during Gen. William T. Sherman's "March to the Sea" between Atlanta and Savannah, and was fought on Nov. 22, 1864. Read more....

  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Tourism Creates $54,908,000 in Local Economic Benefit

    March 2013 -- A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that more than 1 million visitors to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park spent $54.9 million in communities surrounding the park during that year. That spending supported 826 jobs in the local area. The information on Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service. To download the report, visit www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011. For more information about preservation efforts at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.

  • Officials seek archeological study of Blackshear Confederate POW camp

    February 2013 -- Civil War artifacts and remains of Union soldiers might remain on land once used as a Confederate prison camp near Blackshear, Ga., and state and local officials are seeking an archeological team to study the site and further establish its historic value. A state historical marker identifies the location of the 35-acre camp that held 5,000 Union prisoners of war for two months in 1864. Local officials say the land is largely unchanged, having never been developed over the last 150 years. Pierce County, Ga., owns 2.7 acres of the site, and the rest is privately owned. Read more....

  • Stone Mountain Marks 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

    In January 2013, Stone Mountain, Ga., city officials, educators, historians and residents gathered to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation near the Shermantown community, which was established toward the end of the Civil War. Read more...

  • Georgia’s Civil War Home Front Comes Alive with Opening of Yellow River Post Office Park

    On June 19, 2012, the 5.1 acre Yellow River Post Office at Hudson Nash Farm Park will celebrate its grand opening at 11:00 am. Read more...

  • The Civil War in Georgia from Georgia Traveler

    Georgia Public Television’s outstanding Georgia Traveler series takes you to many famous and some not so famous events from the state’s Civil War past. Read more...

  • The Dispatch: Georgia's Civil War Sesquicentennial Newsletter

    The Dispatch: Georgia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Newsletter offers monthly listings of reenactments, films, exhibits and other Civil War-related events. Sign up here to receive the newsletter in your inbox each month.

  • Georgia's Civil War History Comes Alive Through the State's Historic Sites

    Journey through Georgia's rich Civil War history and discover a heritage as unique as the state it's in. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war by traveling the state and uncovering attractions only found in Georgia. Read more...

  • Barry L. Brown and Gordon R. Elwell Win 2011 AASLH Award of Merits

    The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that Barry L. Brown and Gordon R. Elwell are the recipients of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the publication Crossroads of Conflict: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 66th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. Read more...

  • Battle of Resaca Rages On

    Belles and Yankees rubbed elbows at the 27th Battle of Resaca Reenactment May 21. At least 1,000 reenactors and 5,000 spectators journeyed to northwest Georgia to soak in the tradition-rich history and culture of the Civil War. Though the cannon smoke has settled and reenactors have resumed their day jobs, the reenactment brought to light the harsh realities of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. Read more...

  • ARC Launches "Civil War: The Home Front" Map Guide to Appalachia

    The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced the new "Civil War: The Home Front" map guide to Appalachia at the historic West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia. Developed to observe the 150th commemoration of the American Civil War and boost tourism in the Appalachian Region, the map guide showcases the diversity of Appalachia's Civil War heritage attractions. Read more...

  • The Civil War, 150 years later

    The Civil War, 150 years later: Historians, re-enactors and the public look back at the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history - a war that helped define who Americans are. Read more...

  • The Civil War Today

    150 years after the start of the American Civil War, HISTORY presents The Civil War Today, a ground-breaking app created by Bottle Rocket Apps exclusively for the iPad. Experience the war as it unfolded, one day at a time, with daily updates that let you live the events in “real-time” over the course of four years. Read more...