Mobilizing the Battle of Atlanta

The Confederate charge on Leggett's Hill, the present location of the I-20 and Moreland Avenue interchange, is depicted in the background of the Atlanta Cyclorama painting. (Courtesy of the Atlanta Cyclorama)

About the Exhibit

The Battle of Atlanta (July 22, 1864) figured prominently in the Union’s conquest of the Confederacy during the final year of the American Civil War and in Abraham Lincoln’s re-election to the US presidency. This exhibit describes the two-year project to create a mobile tour for exploring the physical traces of the battlefield, remnants of a Civil War fort and rifle pit, and monuments to fallen generals on opposing sides. This web-based mobile application combines a narrative of events by Battle of Atlanta researcher and tour leader Daniel A. Pollock with maps, video clips, and images into a handheld resource directing visitors to 12 tour stops. The project team of more than 30 individuals from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and the Robert W. Woodruff Library worked to create the tour app and its accompanying resources.

The mobile tour is accessible via a weblink, The 150th anniversary of the battle is on July 22.

Exhibit Opening July 17, 2014

Please join members of the project team on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for the exhibit opening and special programming. The program in the Jones Room will include a talk about the battle by Daniel Pollock, project lead and Civil War scholar; a demonstration of the mobile tour by Brian Croxall, project manager and ECDS digital humanities strategist; and a presentation on the Civil War collections housed at Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). Randy Gue, curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections, will discuss stories and perspectives on the Battle that emerge from MARBL's Union, Confederate, and civilian collections.

Learn More

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS)

The mobile tour's companion essay is published in Southern Spaces, an Emory-based digital, peer-reviewed journal now in its 10th year.

Civil War Research Guide (MARBL)

Burge family papers, 1832-1952

James W. Watkins papers, 1861-1864

Visitor Information

Parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck (Weekdays: free after 5pm, Weekends: free).  “Visitors” hours at the Robert W. Woodruff Library are posted here.

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