Civil War Georgia
Atlanta and Area
Museums and Attractions
Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum
In Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta GA 30315
This is a great place to get started understanding the Atlanta battlefields. The cyclorama, on display since 1893, depicts the July 22, 1864, battle. Originally commissioned by Union Gen. John Logan, the painting is the largest in the world. Visitors experience a “sight and sound” show much as it existed more than 100 years ago. Another major attraction in the museum is the locomotive “Texas,” which gave chase to the “General” after it was hijacked April 12, 1862, by Union agents led by James Andrews. Other highlights are two floors of Civil War displays and a film. Open Tuesday–Saturday 9:15 am–4:30 pm. $10/adult.
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta GA 30305
More than 1,400 Civil War-related objects are on display in the 9,200-foot “Turning Point: The American Civil War” exhibition. A year-by-year general overview features military, civilian and political themes. Open Monday–Saturday 10 am–5:30 pm; Sunday noon–5:30 pm. $14.50/adult (includes galleries and house museum tours).
Georgia Capitol / Museum
431 State Capitol, Atlanta GA 30334
Union troops camped on the grounds here after Confederates evacuated in September 1864. The current building was completed in 1889, following the state capital move from Milledgeville after the war. Museum displays in the building include Civil War artifacts. Other markers and artifacts on the grounds. Museum open Monday–Friday 8 am–5 pm. Free.
Stone Mountain Park
East of Atlanta, U.S. Highway 78, Exit 8, Stone Mountain GA 30087
One of the features of this spectacular amusement park is the world’s largest bas-relief carving of Confederate heroes Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. A museum on the grounds includes large Civil War collection. $10 parking fee. Additional fees apply for some attractions. See park website for driving directions and dates and hours for specific activities.
Links to the Georgia Civil War websites: Georgia Links