History buff or not, metro Atlanta residents and visitors now have a fun and educational way to understand the historic Civil War Battle of Atlanta. Urban Battle Tours, an organization dedicated to preserving the memory of historic battles currently masked by urban settings, is hosting a Battle of Atlanta Pub Tour on Saturday, July 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the battle, which was fought July 22, 1864.
The tour begins at 2 p.m. at The Glenn Hotel (110 Marietta Street) and ends there at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45.00 for adults, $40 for seniors and military personnel, and free for children 12 years of age and younger. Urban Battle Tours provides the transportation for the group, which is limited to 12 people. Space is reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own beverages at each stop. Parking is available at The Glenn Hotel and public parking lots nearby. Those taking MARTA can exit at the CNN Center stop, which is two blocks from The Glenn. Tickets and more details are available at www.urbanbattletours.com.
The first stop at The Glenn Hotel provides the background for the battle; we discuss Atlanta’s founding, its important role during the Civil War, key events leading up to the battle and the strategic goals of both armies. The Square Pub in Decatur, the second stop, is the setting to talk about the Confederate’s plan of attack to defend the city and beat back Union General William T. Sherman’s 90,000-man army. The last stop, The Republic Social House in Grant Park across from historic Oakland Cemetery, is the location for discussing the battle’s results and its impact on the war. It also enables participants to evaluate the strategies of the Union and Confederate generals in charge. Because of its casual nature, the pub tour allows for plenty of conversation, questions and answers and input from participants themselves.
The routes between each stop follow many of the same roads that existed during the time of the battle. The tour takes participants through several historic neighborhoods such as Inman Park and East Atlanta, and by several state historical markers. Participants will also see the area of fighting depicted in the world-famous Cyclorama, as well as monuments to the deaths of Confederate General W.H.T. Walker and Union General James B. McPherson.
“The Battle of Atlanta was a mighty struggle and a watershed event during the Civil War. Unfortunately the battlefield where thousands of Americans desperately fought and died has been paved over by the passing of time and urban development,” said Urban Battle Tours President Matt Spaulding. “Gettysburg, Antietam and other historic battlefields are national treasures. We hope that by some small measure our tours, like those at National Military Parks, will keep the memory of these battles alive. It’s important to honor those Americans who sacrificed in defense of their country while also putting the battle into a larger context.”
The Battle of Atlanta was a one-day battle in which the beleaguered Confederate Army of Tennessee launched a daring surprise attack against General William T. Sherman and his Union forces that were closing in on the city. The battle was fought primarily on the east side of Atlanta in today’s neighborhoods of Inman Park and East Atlanta and at the town of Decatur. More than 60,000 men from both sides participated in the battle resulting in nearly 12,000 total casualties. The loss was a devastating blow for the Confederates and helped propel President Abraham Lincoln to a second term and hastened the end of the war.
About Urban Battle Tours
Urban Battle Tours offers a fun, unique and educational way to explore historic American battles that have been “lost” over time through urban development. Because the battlefields are now paved roads, neighborhoods or commercial districts, our primary goal is preserving the memory of these battles, the men who fought them and the important roles they played in the history of our country. We offer tours for the general public, as well as specially customized tours for large groups and educators. Urban Battle Tours currently conducts tours for the Civil War battles in Atlanta and Chattanooga. For more information, please visit www.urbanbattletours.com