The BATL website is currently under construction, however our events for July 25th are listed below, we look forward to seeing you on the 25!
There will be 4 BATL programs happening Saturday, July 25th 2015!
If you had heard that there will not be a BATL Battle of Atlanta commemoration event this year, it is not true. The BATL organization was formed to commemorate the historic Battle of Atlanta on the ground in southeast Atlanta where it was fought 151 years ago. The BATL organization did decide after the big 150th Anniversary event last year that they would cut back to concentrate on raising money to restore the two battlefield monuments. They have been busy with that effort since last summer, and have raised over half of the $195,000 necessary to reach that goal. However, there still will be a BATL commemoration this year on July 25th several featuring fun and interesting programs.
This year the BATL group offered some programs on July 11th by partnering with the Dekalb History Center. But BATL organization will be back on July 25th to offer their two most popular walking tours and wreathlaying ceremonies at the only battlefield monuments in the city of Atlanta.
The Battle Began Here Tour, which was offered for the first time in 2014 will begin at 11:30 on July 25th. The tour is an easy hike through the Kirkwood neighborhood. It begins near the railroad cut and Dekalb Avenue and meanders towards the spot where the Battle of Atlanta actually began on July 22nd 1864, outlining the activities in the area that led up to that confrontation. Kirkwood has seen a resurgence in recent years and visitors get to see evidence of this up close in this tour on a built-on battlefield.
The Frontlines Tour is BATL’s oldest walking tour and has been its most popular over the years. The tour which will begin at 5pm on July 25th , ponders the historic action on the frontlines that was along Flat Shoals in the East Atlanta Village before there was a Village or an East Atlanta neighborhood. East Atlanta was recognized in the last year as one of the hottest neighborhoods in the country for real estate. Back in 1864 soldiers experienced a different kind of “hot” in this area with 12,000 or so men perishing in one July afternoon.
There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Walker Monument at 10am on July 25th
There will be a brief presentation of the history leading to the death of the two generals in the opening minutes of the Battle of Atlanta. One General W.H.T. Walker, from Georgia, was attempting a surprise attack and the other General James B. McPherson, from Ohio, was surprised by enemy troops as he approached his own frontlines. Both ceremonies are free of charge and are meant to commemorate the battle by remembering not only these two men but all of the men who lost their lives on one hot afternoon just east of Atlanta.