Thomason & Associates

Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield Preservation Plan

An updated version of the CRL Draft Plan is now available here.

The Project

Thomason and Associates is working with the Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC) to prepare a preservation plan for the Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield. This project is being funded through a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP). The purpose of the plan is to identify the best and most practical methods by which the battlefield can be preserved and made accessible visitors - local residents and tourists - in the future. The planning process will examine the importance of the River Line in the Civil War, land use up to the present, development trends, and tools appropriate for preserving the battlefield. Thomason and Associates has included The Walker Collaborative and Lose and Associates on the project team.

The consultant team is working within the project's Core Area of the battlefield which was mapped with a previous ABPP grant. The Study Area is the entire area where troop movements and maneuvering took place while the Core Area is the property where fighting occurred or fortifications were constructed.

While the entire battlefield line from Mableton through Smyrna to Vinings is being included in this study, a particular focus is on two tracts owned by Cobb County : a 103-acre parcel between Discovery Boulevard and the Chattahoochee River and 24 acres on Henderson Road. Both parcels contain extensive fortifications built by the Confederate and Union forces during the 1864 Atlanta Campaign. The River Line is significant due its role in the campaign and for its uniquely designed infantry forts called Shoupades, a defensive fortification found nowhere else in the world designed by Confederate Brigadier General Francis Asbury Shoup and built largely by enslaved Africans brought to the area from Middle Georgia.

Project Timeline and Status

This project was begun in April of 2013 and the final plan is to be completed within one year (April, 2014). During April and May the consultant team met with representatives of MIC to tour the River Line and gather data on the remaining fortifications and other historical sites. In June, the consultant team conducted additional research and field surveys of the battlefield area. This research included an examination of other Civil War sites in the Atlanta area, opportunities for interpretation and the development of concept plans for the preservation and use of the Discovery Boulevard and Henderson Road tracts.

Public participation is key to this plan and a public meeting was held on July 16, 2013 at Whitfield Academy in Mableton. Over 125 attendees were at the meeting which featured a powerpoint presentation and question and answer session by the consultants. Since the public meeting, the consultants have conducted dozens of interviews with property owners, Cobb County officials and other interested stakeholders.

A full house at the meeting on July 16th.

Consultant Phil Thomason presents an overview of the project at the July 16th meeting.

Next Steps

Public comment has been made for the Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield Preservation Plan draft. The next step is to host an additional public meeting to present the final recommendations. This public meeting will be conducted by the Mableton Improvement Coalition.

  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
  • South Cobb Community Center
  • 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton, GA.

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