The Battle of Atlanta Tour App

The Battle of Atlanta (July 22, 1864) figures promintently in the Union's conquest of the Confederacy during the final year of the Civil War and in Abraham Lincoln's re-election to the US presidency. This mobile app guides users to specific places to view physical traces of the battlefield, remnants of a Civil War fort and rifle pit, and monuments to fallen generals on opposing sides. Access the Battle of Atlanta App by going to battleATL.org.

About the Project

The Battle of Atlanta App locates multiple features on an interactive map, connecting them with written text, an archive of primary documents, and historical photographs about the battle itself and successive veterans' reunions and commemorations. The project also incorporates insights by participants often marginalized in traditional accounts, including women, slaves, and union sympathizers.

The twelve tour stops are listed in order of the battlefield events, beginning with the prelude to the battle, followed by stops where the first fighting occurred, proceeding to the site of an intense clash for strategic high ground, and concluding with the location of the final and most famous combat action of the day. The app provides a recommended tour route, driving directions, and suggestions for parking at each stop. A typical tour takes three hours. Touring in pairs or groups is a useful way to identify features that a single person might overlook.

The mobile app also lends itself to learning about the Battle of Atlanta without an actual visit to the battlefield sites. It presupposes no prior knowledge of military maneuvers and events and can serve as a classroom resource for understanding a major Civil War battle. A companion essay about the Battle of Atlanta, posted at Southern Spaces, includes more detailed information about each tour stop, lengthier profiles of opposing army commanders, an account of the battle's aftermath and legacy, and recommendations for additional reading.

Development of the Battle of Atlanta App was funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Project Team

  • Faculty: Allen Tullos and Daniel Pollock
  • Project Coordinator: Brian Croxall
  • MARBL Curator: Randy Gue
  • Geospatial Librarian: Michael Page
  • Project Librarian: Erica Bruchko
  • Software Development: Kyle Bock and Jay Varner
  • Graduate Research Assistants: Catie Rawson, Franky Abbott, Matt Miler, Chris Sawula, Jesse Karlsberg, Alan Pike, Sarah Melton, Meridith Doster, Clinton Fluker, Christopher Lirette, Eric Solomon
  • Scholarly Communication and Copyright: Lisa Macklin and Melanie Kowalski