Saturday, September 3, 2011

Battlefields group supports monuments work

A campaign to restore monuments to two generals killed at the Battle of Atlanta is getting help from the Georgia Battlefields Association.

GBA contributed $6,000 for work on memorials honoring Union Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson and Confederate Maj. Gen. W.H.T., killed within a mile of each other on July 22, 1864.

The Battle of Atlanta Commemoration Organization received grants for studies on the restoration. Elements, the proximity to traffic and vandalism have taken their toll on the monuments.

According to GBA's September newsletter, the McPherson monument was installed in the late 1870s by engineers from a U.S. Army garrison. The Walker monument (in photo) was installed in 1902 in Grant Park and relocated in 1936 to his death site.

Picket's previous coverage on restoration effort

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