Georgia Forts & Civil War Attractions

Georgia Forts & Civil War Attractions
The state of Georgia was one of the major theaters of the American Civil War. Georgia joined the Confederacy back in 1861. Important battles between Union and Rebel troops took place at sites such as Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mountain and Atlanta. Georgia was the last former Confederate state to be restored to the Federal Union at the end of the war. History buffs can still visit many of the preserved Forts and Civil War attractions in Georgia today. Consider some of the following points of interest when you plan your itinerary.

Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park

Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park combines the sites of two major Civil War battles. The 5,200-acre Chickamauga Battlefield was the scene of the last significant Confederate victory of the war. Another battle was fought in 1863 at nearby Chattanooga where the Union Army finally gained control of the region. Visitors will encounter numerous monuments, exhibits and trails around the battlefields. This is the nation's first military park, established in 1890.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
3370 Lafayette Rd.
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
(706) 866-9241

Kennesaw Monutain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is the site of one of the pivotal struggles for control of Atlanta during the Civil War. The Atlanta Campaign began here in 1864 with some of the bloodiest fighting of the campaign. Tour the preserved earthworks, trenches, cannon-stations and historic monuments. You can hike over 18 miles of trails around Cheatham Hill and Kolb Farm, the scenes of the main battles. There is also a visitor center with a museum on site.

Kennesaw Monutain National Battlefield Park
900 Old Mountain Rd. NW
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 427-4686

Fort McAllister Historic Site

Fort McAllister Historic Site is situated on the banks of the Great Ogeechee River to the south of Savannah. Home to some of the most well preserved fortifications of the Confederate Army in the state, this site is worth visiting if you are interested in touring massive mud earthworks and battlements in a beautiful saltwater marsh along the sea. Fort McAllister withstood multiple attacks by Union Ironclad ships before finally submitting to General Sherman during his historic March to the Sea in 1864. The serene surroundings are also perfect for hiking, fishing, picnicking and camping. Visit the Civil War Museum located at the park before leaving to catch a glimpse of authentic artifacts salvaged from the fort.

Fort McAllister Historic Site
3894 Fort McAllister Rd
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
(912) 727-2339

Article Written By David Thyberg

David Thyberg began his writing career in 2007. He is a professional writer, editor and translator. Thyberg has been published in various newspapers, websites and magazines. He enjoys writing about social issues, travel, music and sports. Thyberg holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College with a certificate in Spanish and Latin American studies.

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