The State of Georgia’s Listing of Recognized Civil War Sites For the 150th Anniversary
The following is the list of the Ten Major Civil War Sites for Georgia as recognized by the State of Georgia for the
150th Anniversary of the beginning of the War and the years up to 2015. The Georgia Civil War Commission is
largely responsible for the planning, preservation, and promotion of many of these sites and remaining structures.
The bombing of Fort Pulaski in 1862 to the capture of President Jefferson Davis in 1865 it shows the significant part
that Georgia played in the Civil War. When Atlanta fell in 1864 it would help to determine the union victory and
would help get Lincoln re-elected. Here are the sites as promoted by the State:
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Battlefield Park was the scene of one of the bloodiest engagements of the
war. This was the first of the memorial battlefields in the United States.
Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation. It lies in on
a 765 acre tract of land in Paulding County. The Confederates were able to stall the Union advance for at least a
week at this point.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park dates from 1917. The site is comprised of Cheatham’s Hill, Kennesaw
and Little Kennesaw Mountains, Pigeon Hill, and other acreage to cover the full eight mile Confederate line. This
park comprises over 3,000 acres of land.
Fort Pulaski National Monument was designed to protect the city of Savannah.
Fort McAllistar State Historic Park is located in Bryan County and was constructed by the Confederates after the fall
of Fort Pulaski. This fort held out until the approach of General Sherman from the west.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles northeast of Americus and was the site of one of the most
notorious prison camps which held over 45,000 Union troops and over 13,700 Union soldiers are buried at the site.
The site was preserved as a national cemetery through the efforts of Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross.
Liberty Hall, the Crawfordville home of Confederate vice president Alexander Stephens is a National Historic
The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus which houses two Confederate gunboats hulls; The C.S.S.
Jackson and the C.S.S. Chattahoochee. They were raised in the 1960’s.
The Battle of Atlanta and Cyclorama located at Grant Park.
The Atlanta History Center’s Turning Point: The American Civil War ranks among the nation’s largest Civil War
exhibitions with 1,400 objects; including artifacts (many recovered by this author), manuscripts, uniforms, and
weapons, on permanent view. The most striking artifacts are from the late Beverly Dubose Civil War Collection.
This is the largest ever provided to the museum back in the 1980’s. Then there are the 1,000 artifacts from the
private holdings of George Wray.
Many of the important sites around Georgia were left out of this scheduling for one reason or another. It could
possibly be because of problems with the sites or funding. The latter is the more likely.
Included is a timeline of events in the general area and a map showing the sites being promoted for this anniversary.
The Georgia State Archives.
The Georgia Civil War Commission News.