Historic High Country
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
With nearly 10,000 acres of the preserved landscape around the Chattanooga area, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park offers a wide variety of things to do. You can take a tour of the park either on your own or with a park ranger. You could go on a hike or engage in a variety of outdoor activities in the park. There are also two park visitor centers where you can explore the park’s story in indoor exhibits.
Resaca Battlefield Historic Site
https://www.exploregeorgia.org/resaca/outdoors-nature/trails-tours/resaca-battlefield-historic-site Walk the six-mile trail of hallowed ground where much of the heaviest fighting occurred at the start of Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign.
Resaca Confederate Cemetery
https://www.exploregeorgia.org/resaca/history-heritage/civil-war/resaca-confederate-cemetery Returning to their land, they found the dead Confederate soldiers still lying on the battlefield area where they fell or buried in shallow graves around their home. Col. Green’s daughters Mary and Pyatt were upset by the sight and decided to collect the bodies and give them proper burials. Mary Green started the Resaca project without any money in July 1866, finished it at the end of October and all debts was paid by the end of December 1866.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (cannon image)
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a 2,965 acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. Opposing forces maneuvered and fought here from June 19, 1864, until July 2, 1864.
Marietta Confederate Cemetery
The Marietta Confederate Cemetery came into being in September of 1863. The bodies of men who died during the Battle of Chickamauga were interred in the cemetery after the war. When you visit here, you will find over 3,000 graves from confederate states and including Kentucky, Missouri, and Maryland. Men who later died in the Old Soldier’s home in Atlanta after the war were the last burials except for one man. The Old Soldier’s home burials are all in marked graves.
Oakland Cemetery (image of Lion of Atl)
Historic Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public park and the final resting place of many of the city’s most noted citizens. Less than a mile from downtown, its 48 acres are full of treasures – history and gardens, sculpture and architecture, ancient oaks and magnolias. It’s a wedding venue, a green space, an art gallery, a classroom space, and a place to celebrate the city’s rich and fascinating past and future.
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History (image of the train)
The Southern Museum is a history center dedicated to educating, inspiring, and enriching people about the strategic and economic use of railroads during and after the Civil War.
Sweetwater Creek State Park (image of ruins)
Sweetwater Creek State Park is a peaceful tract of wilderness only minutes from downtown Atlanta. A wooded trail follows the stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Beyond the mill, the trail climbs rocky bluffs to provide views of the beautiful rapids below. Additional trails wind through fields and forest, showcasing ferns, magnolias, wild azaleas and hardwoods.
Old Governor’s Mansion
Completed in 1839, Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion is one of the finest examples of High Greek Revival architecture in the nation. The Mansion’s history encompasses the antebellum, Civil War, and early Reconstruction phases of the state’s history. Such noted state leaders as George Crawford, Howell Cobb, and Joseph E. Brown resided in the building and used it as a stage for speeches and also to introduce guests of national standing.
A.H. Stephens State Park/ Liberty Hall
The historic architecture, gently rolling hills, forested trails and placid lakes of A.H. Stephens Historic State Park, once home to the Vice President of the Confederacy and later the ‘boys’ of the Civilian Conservation Corps, now provide you an oasis of natural and historical beauty for recreation, reflection and relaxation.
Andersonville National Historic Site
Andersonville National Historic Site is the only park in the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Congress stated in the authorizing legislation that this park’s purpose is “to provide an understanding of the overall prisoner of war story of the Civil War, to interpret the role of prisoner of war camps in history, to commemorate the sacrifice of Americans who lost their lives in such camps, and to preserve the monuments located within the site.” The landscapes of Andersonville National Historic Site serve as an ideal location to research and explore the people, places, and stories that illustrate the prisoner of war experience and the significant cultural resources cared for and preserved by the National Park Service.
National Civil War Naval Museum
Located in Columbus, Georgia, the National Civil War Naval Museum overlooks the Chattahoochee River. They house the most significant surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson, as well as the wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee. Other exhibits include a replica of the USS Hartford with its berth deck, wardroom and captain’s cabin, an actual cutter or “ship’s boat” from the USS Hartford, a full scale replica of the USS Monitor’s famous turret, and an immersive panoramic dockside exhibit recreating Plymouth, North Carolina, complete with an exterior and interior view of the CSS Albemarle.
Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site
When Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a few remaining staff members crossed into Georgia, they were headed towards Texas, where Davis planned to unite forces to continue fighting. On May 9, 1865, they camped in this pine forest, and at dawn, Davis was taken, prisoner. Today, a monument marks the spot where he was arrested.
Fort McAllister State Park
Located close to I-95 south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River, this scenic park showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The earthworks were attacked seven times by Union ironclads but did not fall until 1864—ending General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.” Visitors can explore the grounds with cannons, a hotshot furnace, bombproof barracks, palisades and more, while a Civil War museum contains artifacts, a video, and a gift shop.
Fort Pulaski National Monument
A Turning Point in Military History: For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ primary defense against overseas enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. The Union army used rifled cannon and compelled the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender. The siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention.