The Atlanta Champaign Virtual Tour
“The Atlanta Campaign was a series of battles fought in the Western Theater of the American Civil War throughout northwest Georgia and the area around Atlanta during the summer of 1864. Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman invaded Georgia from the vicinity of Chattanooga, Tennessee, beginning in May 1864, opposed by the Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston.
Johnston’s Army of Tennessee withdrew toward Atlanta in the face of successive flanking maneuvers by Sherman’s group of armies. In July, the Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, replaced Johnston with the more aggressive John Bell Hood, who began challenging the Union Army in a series of damaging frontal assaults. Hood’s army was eventually besieged in Atlanta and the city fell on September 2, setting the stage for Sherman’s March to the Sea and hastening the end of the war.” – Wikipedia
A running battle after the retreat of the Confederates at Missionary Ridge in the Battle of Chattanooga, these panoramas are some of the best preserved battlefields from that chapter of the war. In sequence from North Georgia to Atlanta:
Note: get the full screen experience by clicking the icon in the lower left of the video frame. A zoom option is available also for reading the historical signage. Some markers are embedded in the floating icons.
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Tunnel Hill (admission fee) – 215 Clisby Austin Drive, Tunnel Hill, GA 30755 (to be re-shot)
Rocky Face – 2401 Chattanooga Road, Dalton, GA 30720
Dug Gap 1 – Dug Gap Mountain Rd, Dalton, GA 30720 (34.742882, -85.015281)
Dug Gap 2 – (34°44’51.2″N 85°00’56.3″W)
Etowah Furnace – Altoona – 1052 Old River Road SE, Cartersville, GA 30121
“The Battle for Georgia – a History of The Civil War in Georgia” is a 24 Minute educational documentary commissioned by SMMA and produced by Stone Mountain Productions, Inc. The award winning film is narrated by Hal Holbrook and features hundreds of archival photographic images from the Civil War.
© Bob Henderson | Athens-South