Kirkwood will host the B*ATL
FRONT LINES HISTORY ENCAMPMENT. The
living history soldiers arrive in character in
real-to-history uniforms and spend the day performing their
The Frontlines display area is one of the more popular features of BATL and has as its centerpiece over
85 feet of breastworks. On Saturday starting at 10am the soldiers will begin their soldiering activities with regular interpretive talks. This year the lines will be fortified
again with a functioning cannon. East Atlanta neighbor David Furikawa will return
to the camp playing the part of a Union medical officer. He comes equipped with authentic battlefield surgical implements and an already bloody patient. Mothers and children are on hand nearby to give visitors an idea of what homelife was like. The structures and frontlines trenchworks are built to match historic photos from the Library of Congress from the battle. Soldiers will lay wreaths at the East Atlanta monuments for General McPherson and General Walker who lost their lives in the Battle
at scheduled ceremonies.
Click the image above to see the
2007 Frontlines Photo Gallery.
History comes to life on July
20th when BATL commemorating the Battle of Atlanta brings “Civil War to Civil Rights” to the East Atlanta Village. When the Battle of Atlanta took place in East Atlanta and other parts of this area, there was no village where Glenwood crosses Flat Shoals. Those roads and others were there in some form at the time of the battle, but the area was made up of plantations, farms, mills and woodlands along the highway that began as a Native American Trail.
Historic Georgians will be visiting the Village on that Saturday to recreate and tell the stories of their lifetimes. Mary Combs, Robert Mable, Mary Gay, Hunter Bell, Dolly Sumner Burge and Daughter Sadie, Scynthia Catherine Stewart, Pete Rutherford, Zora Faire, Soloman “Sam” Luckie, Carrie Berry, Blind Thomas Bethune, Allie Travis, Madison Reynolds, Kathleen Adams, Arthur Idlett, Carrie Steele Logan, William Fuller and James Bell of the Great Locomotive Chase, Alice Adams, and Homer Nash are just some of the characters who will be recreated by a bevy of living history actors in authentic costumes on our special stage in the village.
“If you don’t recognize at
least one of these folks you owe it to yourself to visit and
hear what made their lives important to ours, “ offered
who is working on scheduling for the event. “From prison guards
to millionaires, this list is full of
interesting folks.” To find out more information
about these and other Georgians follow this link to the
Georgia Encyclopedia, a project of the Georgia Humanities
Event sponsors include
Georgia Humanities Council, the and The
City of Atlanta.
B*ATL is raising
money to restore the existing monuments to National Park
standards and erect and maintain National Park-like display signs
across the battlefield area to augment existing historic
markers. The new signs would have graphics and maps to involve
readers more and provide a 365-day-a-year B*ATL
experience for visitors as well as area residents.