The Civil War is the decisive turning point in American history. A nation divided against itself before – half enslaved, half free – was reunited. Experience the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers and civilians. Learn about their harrowing stories through photographs, dioramas, videos, and over 1,500 original Union and Confederate artifacts.
Importantly, the Atlanta Campaign of 1864 was the turning point in the Civil War. Atlanta was a critical city in the South – transportation hub, industrial center, and warehouse for food, ammunition, supplies, uniforms, and other military material crucial to Confederate Armies. The battles for Atlanta and the surrender of the city to General William T. Sherman assured the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln and ultimately secured freedom for 4 million enslaved people.
One of the nation’s largest Civil War exhibitions, Turning Point: The American Civil War tells the national story of the war from beginning to end. Through original artifacts, including cannons, uniforms, swords, and other materials, visitors can better understand Civil War life. Between the horrors of battle – including medical procedures for the wounded and maimed – the life of the soldier was often tedious, waiting on fighting and facing the very real threat of death. Beyond battles and leaders and military campaigns, the homefront, too, was precarious for women, children, and others who faced hardships and the loss of loved ones in war.
For 37 weeks in 1864, U.S. General William T. Sherman made Georgia his battleground. It was the most decisive campaign of the Civil War. In 2014, Atlanta History Center and Georgia Public Broadcasting partnered to produce this Emmy Award-winning, 37-part documentary. Each of the 90 second segments uses personal stories to bring to life what was happening that same week 150 years earlier.
In 1864, the future of freedom and of the United States depended mainly on one man. U.S. General William T. Sherman vowed to break the will of the Confederacy by smashing its last bastions in Georgia: “I can make the march and make Georgia howl!”
In 2015, Atlanta History Center and Georgia Public Broadcasting produced this Emmy Award-winning, gripping one-hour documentary to tell the story of how Sherman did it and what it means to us today.