The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama: The Facts Behind the Fiction

Wait, you mean it’s not really the world’s largest painting? It wasn’t made as a Confederate monument?  And you moved it how—by a flatbed truck?

Painter restoring the Cyclorama

Get the real story from project curator Dr. Gordon Jones: why the cyclorama was painted, how it came to Atlanta, and how it was saved in 2014–2019. It’s everything you need to know about this famous Civil War cyclorama (the only other one in the U.S. is at Gettysburg)!

Gordon L. Jones is the Senior Military Historian and Curator at Atlanta History Center, where he has worked since 1991. He curated the five-year project to move, restore, and exhibit the 1886 cyclorama painting, The Battle of Atlanta. Gordon holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University, specializing in the Civil War in popular culture. 

The duration of this tour is 45 minutes plus additional time for Q&A.

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