In Atlanta, Honoring Two Civil War Generals Opens a Discussion on Race and History
Restoring Twin Monuments to the Blue and Gray Unites a Changing Neighborhood
One hundred and fifty years ago, my colorful East Atlanta neighborhood sat two miles outside of the city limits. By July 22, 1864, Union troops had set up their front lines along a trail that later became our main street. When the Confederates decided to bring the fight to their enemy, these quiet woods became the location of the devastating Battle of Atlanta, where some 12,000 men were killed—including, rather unusually, two opposing generals.
Today, a short walk from my house, …