CYCLORAMA BATTLEFIELD TOUR, WEST
This 3-hour, multi-media walking tour will allow you to see first-hand where key scenes depicted in the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama took place. In case you don't know, the artists who created the Cyclorama sketched out their painting (with the help of eye witnesses who fought in the battle) from a tower that was erected on Dekalb Avenue, near the Moreland Avenue exit ramp. This video playlist explains this in more detail.
This tour, which covers the western sector of the battlefield, begins at Sherman's Headquarters (Carter Center) and ends at Historic Oakland Cemetery. We offer another tour that covers the eastern sector of the battlefield. We highly recommend that you visit the newly restored Cycolrama before coming on this tour.
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
- Photos from previous tours
- Photos of Cyclorama while being restored
- Videos of some of the sites we will be visiting
0845, Please arrive at the Jimmy Carter Library by 0845
0900, Tour Begins w/ 20-minute Battle Briefing
0930, Stop 1: Gen Sherman's Headquarters (Carter Center)
1000, Stop 2: Degress Battery (Degress St)
1015, Stop 3: Troup Hurt House (Degress St)
1030, Stop 4: Railroad Cut / Widow Pope House (Inman Park MARTA station)
1045, Stop 5: Manigault's Brigade (Springvale Park)
1100, Stop 6: Confederate Line Stop (Delta Park)
1145, Stop 7: Gen Hood's Post (Oakland Cemetery)
1215, Stop 8: Lion of Atlanta (Oakland Cemetery) + Private Civil War Tour by a Historic Oakland Cemetery docent
1230, Tour Ends
1245, Optional get-together after the tour (location TBA)
* Route and times subject to change based on group, weather, road conditions, etc.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Participating on this tour** is a powerful experience. On July 22, 1864 over 70,000 soldiers engaged in an 8-hour battle that began on the corner of Clay St and Memorial Dr in modern-day Kirkwood. The fighting spread westward and northward. The battlefront stretched from modern-day DeKalb Ave in Inman Park to Glenwood Ave in East Atlanta Village; essentially today's Moreland Ave.
This event is known as the Battle of Atlanta. The battlefield encompassed what are now the neighborhoods of East Atlanta, Edgewood, Kirkwood, Inman Park and Reynoldstown. The eastern boundary of the city's inner fortifications ran through modern-day Grant Park.
By the end of the day over 12,000 men had been killed or wounded. After the war, eye-witnesses reported that, by the end of that day, a river of blood was running down Leggett's Hill, which was located where the I-20 / Moreland Ave interchange is today.
When you consider that this occurred where tens of thousands of Atlantans live, work, eat and play every day you begin to understand why this is such a powerful experience for those who participate. The reason many people don't know about this major battle is that the battlefield was not preserved like we see at Kennesaw and Gettysburgh. The battlefield for the Battle of Atlanta is now covered by a freeway (I-20), busy streets (DeKalb and Moreland Aves), a shopping center (Edgewood) and transit station (Inman Park-Reynoldstown).
Just so you know, we do not advocate for either side of the Civil War, nor do we honor those who fought or what they fought for. Our purpose in offering these tours is simply to help those who are interested better understand what happened in this part of Atlanta on July 22, 1864.
Our tour stops range from 5 - 15 minutes in duration and their purpose is to discuss and reflect on what happened at that location. The minimum age to participate is 15.
GETTING THERE & BACK
- The tour begins at the Carter Center and ends at Historic Oakland Cemetery.
- You can walk, bike or drive to the Carter Center. There is plenty of parking there.
- The closest MARTA station to the Carter Center is Inman Park-Reynoldstown, which is about one mile away.
- The closest MARTA station to Oakland Cemetery is King Memorial which is less than 1/2 mile away.
** The inspiration for this tour series was The Battle of Atlanta: History and Remembrance by Daniel A. Pollock