Greater Atlanta Area

Camp Atkinson (2) | Atlanta Arsenal | Atlanta Defenses | Bolton Fort | Decatur Earthworks
Fort Gilmer (1) | Camp Gordon (1) | Fort Hood (2) | Camp Jesup | Jonesboro Earthworks
Lovejoy's Station Fort | McPherson Barracks | Fort McPherson | Camp Mitchell
Morrow's Station Fort | Pace's Ferry Earthworks | Peach Tree Fort
Peachtree Creek Earthworks | Utoy Creek Earthworks | Fort Walker (2) | Whitehall Fort

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GEORGIA CIVIL WAR HERITAGE TRAIL

Last Update: 15/MAY/2012
Compiled by Pete Payette - 2009 American Forts Network

Lovejoy's Station Fort
(1864), Lovejoy
Temporary CSA fortifications were built north and west of town in anticipation of General Sherman's advance after the Battle of Jonesboro (September 1864). The Union army did not attack here, but instead withdrew north to occupy Atlanta which was then being evacuated by the remaining Confederate forces. Extant works are located north of town at McDonough and Freeman Roads (public access restricted).

Jonesboro Earthworks
(1864), Jonesboro
Confederate trenchworks were located north of town, and west along the railroad south to the Fayetteville Road. Opposing Union works were located along both sides of present-day GA 138 on the east-side of the Flint River. The Battle of Jonesboro was fought September 1, 1864.

Morrow's Station Fort
(1864), Morrow
Confederate defenses were built here to protect the railroad between Jonesboro and East Point.

Fort McPherson
(McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority)
(1867 - 1881, 1885 - 2011), Atlanta FORT WIKI
Originally established as McPherson Barracks on the grounds of present-day Spelman College (1881), the site of the former CSA Ordnance Laboratory. The post was relocated in 1885 to its current location, and renamed in 1886. This location was previously used as a state militia training ground and encampment before the Civil War. Militia barracks were built here during the war, but were burned during the Confederate evacuation of the city. An Army Ground School was located here in 1917. German naval POWs were held here in 1918. Camp Jesup was established here in 1918 as a vehicle depot, and was closed in 1927. The post later became the headquarters post of the U.S. Third Army (now U.S. Army Central), the U.S. Army Forces Command, and the U.S. Army Reserve Command. The post was closed in September 2011 and will be redeveloped as the Georgia Science and Technology Park, among other commercial ventures.

Camp Mitchell, a temporary encampment for the garrison of Fort Barrancas, Florida, during the 1884 Yellow Fever season, may have been located here.

Nearby in Forest Park, Fort Gillem (established 1941 as the Atlanta Army Depot) was a support post of Fort McPherson. It later became the headquarters of the U.S. First Army, and the GA National Guard. It was also scheduled for closure and redevelopment in 2011, remaining the HQ of the GA National Guard and other tenent commands, including the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Center and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory. See also Federal Office of Economic Adjustment

Utoy Creek Earthworks
(1864), Atlanta
Part of the expanded western CSA lines around the city towards East Point. The Battles of Ezra Church (July 1864) and Utoy Creek (August 1864) occurred in this area. The original Ezra Church was located in present-day Mozley Park on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW. Extant Union trenchworks are located in nearby Westview Cemetery. Extant CSA trenchworks are located near the still-standing Utoy Church (1828) at present-day Venetian and Cahaba Drives SW in the Cascade Heights area. Extant CSA trenchworks are also located in Cascade Springs Nature Preserve on Cascade Road SW. A state marker at the nearby Adams Park golf course (17th tee) locates an extant CSA gun pit.

Civil War Defenses of Atlanta
(1863 - 1864), Atlanta
Confederate defenders built a 12-mile defensive ring around the city in late 1863, about one to one and one-half miles from the city center, at approximately the city limits of the time (today's modern downtown district), with 25 named and/or lettered redoubts/forts (A - Z omitting J) according to an April 1864 CSA map; and with seven lettered redoubts/forts (A - G in reverse sequence), and numerous undesignated positions according to a September 1864 Union map. In the summer of 1864 the ring was expanded to the north and west, with additional trenchworks extended southwest along Utoy Creek to East Point (see above), upon the advance of the Union army under General Sherman. The lines were again further expanded southward towards Mt. Gilead Church and Morrow's Mill at the head of the Flint River in present-day Forest Park. The Union army lay seige to the city July - August 1864. The Confederates evacuated the city on September 1 after their defeat at Jonesboro, and the Union entered the city the next day.

Fort Walker (2), at the southeast salient of the defense line. The last surviving major CSA position left in the city, the remnants are located in the southeast corner of Grant Park, at Atlanta Ave. SE and Boulevard SE. The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum is nearby, also in Grant Park. FORT WIKI
Fort Hood (2) (aka Fort X), at the northwest salient of the defense line. Site marked by plaque on the Wells Fargo Building at 793 Marietta Street NW near junction with Northside Drive NW and Fort Hood Place.
Fort D, site on Fair Street SW at Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW.
Fort E, (see Union Fort #7 below).
Whitehall Fort (aka Fort A / G), site on Whitehall Street SW near Adair Park North.
Traces of trenchworks can be seen on the campus of Georgia Tech.
Locations of other CSA positions are undetermined at this time.
CSA Exterior Line state marker at Cascade Ave. and Martin Luther King Dr.

Union seige lines (July - August 1864) were located mostly less than one mile west, north, and east of the Confederate defense line.
West Side Seige Line state marker on Chappell Rd. just south of Simpson Rd..
Sector of Seige Line state marker on Eighth St. just east of Penn Ave..
After the city fell, the occupying Union army built 22 redoubts in a ring around the central city, well within the original CSA inner defense line, including several former CSA positions on the northwest perimeter that were reworked but not designated by letter or number (September 1864 map). Present-day map locations given are approximate and may not be exact.
Fort #1, at the present state capitol complex, at the junction of Capitol Ave. SW, Piedmont Ave. SE, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW-SE. During the war, this was the location of the old city hall and courthouse. The new state capitol was built in 1884 - 1889.
Fort #2, at Trinity Ave. SW and Capitol Place SW.
Fort #3, near the junction of Washington Street SW and the I-20/75/85 interchange.
Fort #4, at Pryor Street SW and Memorial Drive SW.
Fort #5, at Pryor Street SW and Alice Street SW.
Fort #6, at Eugenia and Cooper Streets SW.
Fort #7, formerly CSA Fort E, on the grounds of present-day Morris Brown College of Atlanta University, bounded by Hunter, Tatnall, Walnut, and Beckwith Streets SW.
Fort #8, at Fair and Walnut Streets SW.
Fort #9, on Larkin Street SW between Walnut Street SW and Northside Drive SW.
Fort #10, on Whitehall Street SW between McDaniel Street SW and Peachtree Street SW.
Fort #11, at Fulton and McDaniel Streets SW.
Fort #12, at Glenn and Cooper Streets SW.
Fort #13, on Washington Street SW at the Fulton County Stadium complex.
Fort #14, on Capitol Ave. SW (Hank Aaron Drive SW) at the Fulton County Stadium complex.
Fort #15, on Capitol Ave. SW and Fulton Street SE.
Fort #16, at Solomon and Martin Streets SE.
Fort #17, on Kelly Street SE near the junction with I-20.
Fort #18, at Harden Street SE and Memorial Drive SE.
Fort #19, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SE and Fort Street SE.
Fort #20, at Decatur and Hilliard Streets SE.
Fort #21, at Hilliard Street SE and Pitman Place SE.
Fort #22, bounded by Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive SE, Edgewood Ave. SE, Bell Street SE, and Boaz Street SE.

The Union garrison, and all outposts, were completely withdrawn in November 1864 upon the start of Sherman's "March to the Sea" to Savannah.

Atlanta CSA Arsenal and Ordnance Depot
(1862 - 1864), Atlanta
A CSA Arsenal / Laboratory was located where Spelman College is now located. A CSA Ordnance Depot / Machine Works / Armory was located near the junction of present-day Decatur Street SE with I-75/85. The Arsenal was transferred to Columbus in 1864 before the Union advance under General Sherman. The Arsenal was the original location of McPherson Barracks in 1867 (see above).

Camp Atkinson (2)
(1898), Atlanta
A Spanish-American War muster camp for state troops. Undetermined location.

Peach Tree Fort
(Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area - Peachtree Creek Unit)
(1814, 1864), near Bolton FORT WIKI
A GA state militia stockaded fort located on the north-side of the mouth of Peachtree Creek at the Chattahoochee River, at the Creek Indian village of Standing Peach Tree. Also known as Fort Gilmer (1). It had two blockhouses and six cabins, and a storehouse. Site later in use by the Confederates in 1864 as the western anchor of the Peachtree Creek Line (see below). The wooden stockaded post has been reconstructed. A state marker is located near the Atlanta Water Works off Ridgewood Road NW.

Bolton Fort
(1864), Bolton
A Union blockhouse on the south bank of the Chattahoochee River protected the railroad bridge near old Defoor's Ferry. Previously here were two small CSA redoubts.

Pace's Ferry Earthworks
(1864), near Vinings
CSA trenchworks were located on the south (or east) bank of the Chattahoochee River opposite town.

Peachtree Creek Earthworks
(1864), Atlanta
A long line of CSA trenchworks running east-west on the south side of Peachtree Creek, from the railroad near Bolton to near the modern Midtown area. The Battle of Peachtree Creek was July 1864. The line was evacuated the day after the battle. A portion of the battlefield is preserved at Tanyard Creek Park on Collier Road NW, near Piedmont Hospital. Markers are also located in Atlanta Memorial Park and Peachtree Battle Park. Stone monuments are located at the intersection of Peachtree Road NW and Peachtree Battle Ave. NW; in front of Piedmont Hospital on Peachtree Road NW; at Peachtree Street NW and Spring Street NW (with extant trenches ?); and at Peachtree Street NW and Palisades Road NE.
Atlanta Outer Defense Line state marker at Crestlawn Cemetery.
Atlanta Outer Defense Line state marker at White Street and Howell Mill Road.
Cheatham's Salient state marker at North Highland and Zimmer Dr. NE.

Decatur Earthworks
(1864), Decatur
Confederates hastily built trenchworks on the north side of town in July 1864 to thwart the Union from flanking the Peachtree Creek Line north of Atlanta, and to protect the railroad. These works were rendered useless by the subsequent abandonment of the Peachtree Creek Line. The town was afterwards occupied by the Union. The Battle of Atlanta (July 1864) was fought mainly southwest of town in the East Atlanta area along Sugar Creek. A stone monument marking part of the battle is located on the grounds of Agnes Scott College on West College Ave..

Camp Gordon (1)
(1917 - 1920), Chamblee
A National Army cantonment for the 82nd Division, later used for infantry training and replacement, and a demobilization center. All buildings removed in 1920, and sold off in 1921. A local municipal airport was built on site in 1940, which became a Naval Air Station in 1941. Became DeKalb Peachtree Airport in 1960. Four Navy hangars still remain. A marker on site explains history.
(NOTE: not to be confused with Camp (Fort) Gordon (2) (1941 - present) near Augusta.)


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