Atlanta is the only major American city destroyed by war. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and his 62,000 Union soldiers leveled more than 95 percent of the city in the summer of 1864 during the Civil War. All over the metro Atlanta area you can find reminders of the campaign to conquer — and defend — Atlanta.
Here are some must-see Civil War-related sites:
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/
Operated by the National Park Service, the park is the site of the decisive battle in the Atlanta campaign, although the battle was a tactical defeat for Sherman. A visitors center offers exhibits and a 20-minute movie. Open every day but Christmas and Thanksgiving. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Foot trails cover a 16-mile loop from the visitors center to the Kolb Farm and back. Park open year-round dawn to dusk. Free.