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Battle Tours Ring in the New Year in East Atlanta Village

The McPherson Monument, decked out for the holidays, is one of the sites visited on the BATL tour of the frontlines. Visitors hear the story of how the great battle unfolded in East Atlanta. Photo: Henry Bryant.
The McPherson Monument, decked out for the holidays, is one of the sites visited on the BATL tour of the frontlines. Visitors hear the story of how the great battle unfolded in East Atlanta. Photo: Henry Bryant.

By Henry Bryant
On December 31, take a break from the holiday hubbub and go on a walking tour through an important piece of American history in East Atlanta. It’s an easy walk along the Union Army’s front lines and in the surrounding area where the Confederates tried for a surprise attack. You may know the outcome but find out how it happened and learn about the men who fought and died here on a very hot day in July 1864. Hear about the interesting history of this unique part of Atlanta from before and after the Civil War. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the tour and even brunch or lunch in East Atlanta Village before ringing in the New Year later that evening. Advance tickets are required and available at www.batlevent.org.
There are two more tours coming up that bring variety to the BATL organization’s tour schedule. On January 21, 2017, they are offering their popular Bicycle Tour of the Battlefield, an easy guided expedition on an eight-mile route visiting various sites. In February they are planning a woodsy hike to the Terry Mill Run which played an important part in the Battle of Atlanta. All of the tours are listed on the BATL website at www.batlevent.org. The February tour details are still being fleshed out and the date will be announced on the website. You can go there or call 404-377-6148 for more information.
 

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