The Civil War in Buckhead

the civil war in buckhead

You’ve probably seen the American Civil War markers planted across Buckhead, but have you ever stopped to read them? They tell the story of what historians call, “The Atlanta Campaign,” referring to The American Civil War military operations that took place in north Georgia during the spring and summer of 1864. Because of its location and commercial importance, Atlanta was used as a center for Confederate forces but became a target for the Union army, as the city was captured in 1864 by General Sherman and his troops. With the help of Buckhead Heritage, we have compiled the sites of these historic markers in Buckhead.

The lingo:

  • “Division” – A large military unit or formation, usually consisting of between 10,000 and 20,000 soldiers. It is composed of several regiments or brigades and several divisions typically make up a corps.
  • “Skirmish” – An episode of irregular fighting, especially between small or outlying parts of armies or fleets. Otherwise known as a fight, battle, clash, combat, or conflict.
  • “A.C.” – Army Corps
  • “CSA” – Confederate States Army

Take a look through the map below by clicking on each marker.

Want more on The American Civil War?

The Atlanta History Center has one of the nation’s largest and most complete Civil War exhibitions, Turning Point: The American Civil War. And opening this fall, come see the cyclorama wing displaying The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama painting, the Texas Locomotive and more Civil War artifacts!

Marker Photography by David Seibert, courtesy of the Digital Library of Georgia

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