Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield Preservation Plan

 

What is The Project?: The Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC) is managing the preparation of a Preservation Plan for the Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield, which begins in Mableton along the Chattahoochee River and runs north through Smyrna to Vinings. Major emphasis will be placed on the 127 acres owned by Cobb County: 103 acres between Discovery Boulevard and the River and 24 acres on Henderson Road. Important battlefield sites in public and private hands in Smyrna and Vinings will also be addressed.

 

Funding: The work is funded with a $75,000 grant from the National Park Serviceís American Battlefield Protection Program. MIC has hired Thomason and Associates, based in Nashville, Tennessee, for this project. Thomason has partnered with Walker and Associates and Lose and Associates.

 

Outcomes: The purpose of a Preservation Plan is to determine the best and most practical methods by which the battlefield can be preserved and made accessible to historians and citizens into the future. The planning process will examine past events, land use up to the present, development trends, and tools appropriate for preserving the battlefield. These tools will include a concept plan for management of and public access to the county-owned property, interpretive themes and audience experiences, land protection strategies through acquisition and/or conservation easements and cooperative partnerships. Public meeting are critical at every step. The general public will be engaged through public meetings and web-based information. Key stakeholders will be interviewed individually or convened in small groups.

Historical Significance: The Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield consists of Confederate and Federal Civil War fortifications from the 1864 Atlanta Campaign. The River Line is particularly significant due to the uniquely designed infantry forts called Shoupades, a defensive fortification found nowhere else in the world designed by Confederate Brigadier General Francis Asbury Shoup.

The River Line had its desired effect, in that Sherman did not cross the Chattachoochee in Mableton and proceed to Atlanta. Instead, in early July 1864, he crossed the River to the north of these fortifications, and the Battle of Atlanta began. Ironically, this battlefield is famous for the battle that didnít happen here. The Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield is important to scholars because of the unique military fortifications and the role they played.

 

Who to Contact: Project Consultant, Phil Thomason, Thomason and Associates, P.O. Box 121225, Nashville, Tennessee, 615-385-4960, Thomason@bellsouth.net

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††††††††††††††††††††† The MIC Contact for the Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield Preservation Plan project is Robin Meyer. Robin can be reached at robinmeyerga@yahoo.com or at 770-948-5394.