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.

Part of a 13-mile long line of defenses around the city, it originally was unnamed (other than a single letter to differentiate from other positions on the line), but was renamed for Major General William H.T. Walker after he was killed during the Battle of Atlanta.

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.

In late 2014, the site will be rededicated with a new memorial and the placement of two Civil War era cannons.

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