Northwest Georgia’s Civil War
150TH Commemoration Tour
Northwest Georgia Civil War heritage features significant sites related
to the Battle of Chickamauga and Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign.
This era of our nation’s history affected all walks of life as evidenced
by the stories and landscapes still in existence today.
Just south of Chattanooga lies the Chattanooga-Chickamauga National Military Park
, the oldest and largest of its kind in the U.S. Formed as a result of the war’s veteran reunion from both sides of the conflict, this site is a poignant reminder of the conflict that ensued on the very grounds. Following a stop at the visitor center, a step-on guide will lead you through the park with stops along the way for exploration and reflection. Lunch at the Gordon/Lee Mansion
in nearby historic Chickamauga followed by a visit to Lee and Gordon’s Mill
. After a quick stop at the Georgia Winery, drive through historic downtown Ringgold as the story unfolds to the start of the Atlanta Campaign. Next, take a walking tour through the 1850 Western and Atlantic Railroad Tunnel
and Heritage Center along the route of the Great Locomotive Chase. The adjacent Clisby Austin House was where Sherman stayed while planning the Atlanta Campaign.
Dine that evening at the Dalton Depot Restaurant
where the engine Texas dropped off a messenger to telegraph ahead about the stolen General. End your evening with a guided tour of Dalton’s West Hill Cemetery, which includes the Confederate Cemetery and Memorial Wall
Start with a visit to Resaca
, site of the first major battle of the Atlanta Campaign. Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site
and Resaca Battlefield Park
are now open and feature well-preserved original parade grounds, entrenchments, and Van Den Corput’s battery. End at Resaca Confederate Cemetery
, the resting place for over 400 of the soldiers that died during the battle. All three are open daily dawn until dusk and admission is free.
Then make your way to Rome for a tour of the Myrtle Hill Cemetery
where almost 400 Confederate and Union troops are buried. The tour continues with a visit to the Rome Area History Museum
. Following lunch, tour the ruins of Barnsley Gardens Resort
and learn how the war affected this affluent family. During October, nearby Adairsville hosts the Great Locomotive Chase Festival
, the site where Captain Fuller boarded the Texas in pursuit of the General. Overnight in luxury at historic Barnsley Gardens Resort.
Head over to the town of Kingston
, site of the nation’s first observance of Confederate Memorial Day, the History Museum, and McCravey-Johnson House where the last surrender of Confederate troops east of the Mississippi was carried out. As you enter Cartersville, make your way to downtown for an easy walk to the Bartow History Center
and Booth Western Art Museum
with its impressive display of the War Is Hell Civil War gallery. Following lunch, tour the site of the Battle of Allatoona
and Cooper’s Iron Works
at Red Top Mountain State Park. Overnight in Cartersville.
Make your way to Dallas for Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site
, reputed to be one of the best preserved in the nation. Follow with a tour of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
in Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
. Head to downtown Marietta for tours of the Marietta National Cemetery, Brumby Hall and Gardens, and more.
For information about all Civil War sites in Northwest Georgia, visit www.GeorgiaBlueGrayTrail.org.