The battle here between General Sherman and General Johnston went on over a large area for 13 days. The Confederates held up the attacks by fortifying the mountain top with cannon. Eventually the North won the battle and took the whole control of Atlanta, which then was burned. Around 100,000 troops from the north were involved and 67,000 from the South. Casualties reached 67,000 dead and wounded. The museum holds a nice depiction of the battles.
There are 8 miles of trails going through and around the mountain. Main battles were at Cheatam Hill, Burnt Road, and at the main entrance foothill of the mountain. Monuments are interspersed throughout the trails. Tourism is heavy in summer and fall, with about 1.2 million visitors. It is best to come at odd hours to avoid crowds, or off season. You can drive to the top sometimes, depending on the visitor crowds. The peak holds a fabulous overlook of Atlanta and the surrounding area.
This is a very nice museum that depicts mostly the great chase during the Civil War to catch Union James Andrews, who stole a train and ran it north in 1862. They have one of the trains and many other train items on exhibit. Besides, there are artifacts from the era and early 1900's depicting the times of the south.
Entry is $7.50 and Monday-thru Saturday 9:30-5 and Sunday 12-5.
This National Battlefield Park commemorates the Civil War battle fought here and the 1864 Atlanta Campaign.