Under Atlanta’s bustling city streets is a hidden battlefield. In the summer of 1864, the city of only 20,000 was the center of the bloodiest war in U.S. history.
The interactive map, War In Our Backyards, provides an in-depth look into Civil War-era Atlanta. It highlights areas of booming industry, sites of deadly battles, and stories of the homefront.
Use this interactive to see both then and now, and learn about how the surrender of Atlanta became the turning point in the war to preserve our nation and provide freedom of all.
Content for this interactive comes from the archival collections of the James G. Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center. War in Our Backyards is generously funded by Sarah Kenan Kennedy.
The Civil War in Georgia is an animated map that displays U.S. and Confederate Army movements across the state. The timeline begins in May 1864 and runs through May 1865. The map includes the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and culminates in the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in south Georgia.
The Civil War in Georgia is generously funded by Sarah Kenan Kennedy.