Monday, November 30, 2009

Click it: Centennial map of Battle of Atlanta

Dug through some materials today and came across this map put out by the Georgia Department of Transportation in 1964.

Click the map to zoom in.

Many street names have changed over the past 45 years. But if you are familiar with Atlanta, this will give you a good idea of where the fiercest fighting took place. Little Five Points, Cabbagetown, I-20, Clifton Road< Ormewood and DeKalb and Moreland avenues all were scenes of heavy combat.

Legend for circled numbers:

14. Battle of Atlanta began here about noon July 22, 1864.

15. Monument to slain Union Gen. James McPherson.

16. Monument to Confederate Gen. W.H. Walker. Walker and McPherson were killed within 20 minutes of each other.

17. Central point in the Atlanta Cyclorama.

18. Site of Troup Hurt House (DeGress Avenue just off DeKalb Avenue), which is the center of fighting in the Cyclorama.

19. Leggett's Hill (Moreland Avenue at I-20) was scene of the most significant fighting of the campaign.

See 1964 map superimposing Battle of Peachtree Creek over streets and highways.
See 1964 map superimposing Battle of Ezra Church over streets and highways.


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  2. Interesting. My son just bought a house on McPherson and told me about McPherson's death, the monument, and the battle of atlanta in that area. Odd to think almost certainly young man died where i slept. As the mother of three sons Just slightly younger than McPherson was at his death, it always bothers me to think of young men dying whether its in afghanistan or at the battle of atlanta. Thanks for the great post! I will look at East Atlanta in a different light!

  3. for 10 years we lived on Battery Place in a home built in the 1920's. As I crawled under the home on the small crawlspace to work on it I would drag up civil war items. I was probably dragging up the past where many brave soldiers had died. Just a few houses away was the De'Gress Battery. In my own back yard when planting I even dug up stakes that held the cannon chains in place... an honor to have lived in this home and had collected those items.

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