One of the last battles of the bloody Civil War was fought right here in Georgia, and as a result we have some of the largest and most complete sets of artifacts from the Civil War. From the battle over Savannah, North Georgia and the battle in Atlanta, there are remnants of this deadly war all over Georgia. Check out these 8 places in Georgia where deadly evidence of war still remains.
1) Andersonville Prison - 760 POW Rd, Andersonville, GA 31711
The Andersonville Prison Historic Site is the site of a Confederate Prisoner of War Prison that saw the many horrors of the Civil War. It was crammed with over 40,000 prisoners--four times its holding capacity. Many Union soldiers died from unsanitary conditions such as unclean water and lack of food.
2) Atlanta History Center - 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
This historic museum in Buckhead holds the most complete and largest Civil War Exhibition in the country! It has more than 1,500 original artifacts from both Union and Confederate soldiers. The videos, interactive learning stations, and dioramas really help to bring history alive.
3) Battle of Kennesaw Mountain - 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30152
Kennesaw Mountain is not only pretty to look at in the fall, it's also the site of an 1864 Civil War battle. The cannon in the picture above can be seen at the site along with a visitor's center, a film and artifacts.
4) Battle of Pickett's Mill - Paulding County
The Battle of Pickett's Mill was a Civil War battle fought on May 27th, 1864. It was one of the bloodiest battles at that point in the Civil War, and it delayed General Sherman's capture of Atlanta by at least a week. This battlefield still has earthworks and trenches standing from this bloody battle.
5) Chickamauga Battlesite- 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742.
The battle of Chickamauga went down in the history books as the biggest battle ever fought in Georgia! With 34,000 fatalities, it was the second bloodiest battle of the Civil War. It would be great to see this historic site and park featuring monuments and other artifacts from the war.
6) Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum- Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Melissa Wilkins via Flickr
This cyclorama is actually the largest painting of the Civil War in the country. As a matter-of-fact, it was once the largest oil painting in the world! This is definitely a gem of Georgia that all those wanting to learn about the history of Civil War should see.
7) Fort McAllister- 3894 Fort McAllister Rd, Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Confederate earthwork forts can see be seen at Fort McAllister, which was a major defense for Savannah during the Civil War. Union soldiers overtook Fort McAllister in 1864, and it served as a Confederate POW camp for the remainder of the war.
8) Fort Pulaski- Savannah, GA 31410
This massive edifice was built in the 1830s and 1840s to protect and defend the Georgia coast from invaders. Union soldiers also overtook Fort Pulaski and prevented shipping from Savannah. The war site was designated a national monument in 1924 and can be visited today.
Have you ever been to any of these Civil War sites? What about any other ones that I haven’t listed here? Tell your fellow Georgians in the comments below.