During the late summer and early fall of 1864, the city of Atlanta became the spot for a major battle of the Civil War a the Union Army pushed south from Tennessee. The two armies clashed in various small and large battles, ultimately leading to the Fall of Atlanta on September 2, 1864. The following photos capture the lead-up and aftermath of the battle that would ultimately pave the way to the Confederacy's surrender.
Confederate sappers constructed a number of artillery emplacements covering the avenues of approach to Atlanta. The artillery in this fortification overlooks Peachtree Street in this 1864 photo.