Fort Walker

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Fort Walker was a Civil War redoubt located on what is now the southeastern corner of Grant Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

History[edit]

The redoubt was built by Confederate forces in 1863.

After Grant Park was established in the 1880s, a granite pedestal, a collection of four cannon, and two bronze lions commemorated the site of the fort.[1] After years of vandalism by park visitors, the cannon were removed in the late 1980s, and one was stolen.[2] The pair of bronze lions also went missing.[3] Today, only a state historic marker remains. It reads:[4]

Southeastern salient of Atlanta's inner line of fortifications erected during the Summer & Fall of 1863. The line consisted of a cordon of redoubts on hills connected by rifle pits encircling the city, aggregating some 10.5 miles of earthworks designed & supervised by Col. L. P. Grant, pioneer citizen, construction engineer & railroad builder of Atlanta.

After 93 years, it is one of a few remnants of a line that withstood the quartering steel & climbing fire of Federal armies forty-two days -- evacuated only when the remaining R.R. was cut. The fort was named for Maj. General W.H.T. Walker, killed in the Battle of Atlanta.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grant Park excerpt from "Gate City," published in 1890". In The Park. Grant Park Conservancy. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  2. ^ Davis, Mark (2010-03-12). "Authorities mystified by stolen Civil War cannon". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Pieces of Grant Park’s past". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Fort Walker State Historical Marker". Georgia Historical Markers. GeorgiaInfo. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 

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Coordinates: 33°43.835′N 84°22.129′W / 33.730583°N 84.368817°W / 33.730583; -84.368817