McPherson's Last Ride Walking Tour

  • December 30, 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Carter Center (site of Augustus Hurt House)


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Adventure members may bring up to (2) non-member guests for $5/guest.
  • Epicurean and Magellan Club members may bring up to (2) non-member guests at no charge.
  • You can go for free if you become a member. Reg fee is non-refundable but you may apply it to a future tour


McPherson's Last Ride Walking Tour

This unique walking tour will retrace the final (horseback) ride of Major General James Birdseye McPherson. That fateful ride began shortly after noon on July 22, 1864 just as the Battle of Atlanta was unfolding in East Atlanta. The general's ride began at the Augustus Hurt House, where he had been conferring with Maj Gen William Tecumseh Sherman and ended when he was mortally wounded by a Confederate picket in East Atlanta, where the McPherson Monument stands today.

The 4-mile tour was inspired by and is based on an article entitled, McPherson's Last Ride by author and historian, Wilbur Kurtz and published in the Atlanta Constitution Magazine on June 29, 1930. The article describes in detail the events leading up to the ride and the route taken by McPherson. We will retrace this route as closely as possible, given the changes that have occurred over the past 155 years.

Tour designed and led by Steve Saenz of ExploreATL Tours. 

The Plan

  • 1045, Breakfast at Folk Art (optional)
  • 1200, Pre-tour "Battle of Atlanta Briefing" at Augustus Hurt House
  • 1230, Tour begins
  • 1430, Tour ends at McPherson Monument
  • 1500, McPherson "toast & cigar" at Argosy in EAV (optional) -- bring your own cigar!
Tour Prep