Nov 19 • 1M

Tour Photos: McPherson's Last Ride

The day that General James McPherson kept his rendezvous with death

 
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The photos below are provided to enhance the self-guided tour that appears on this interactive map. You will find more information at GeneralMcPherson.com

General William Tecumseh Sherman (L) + General James Birdseye McPherson (R)
General William Tecumseh Sherman (L) + General James Birdseye McPherson (R)
McPherson’s Corp Commanders. From L to R: John Alexander Logan, XV + Grenville Mellen Dodge, XVI + Francis Preston Blair Jr., XVII +Mortimer Dormer Leggett, XVII, 3rd Div.
Sherman’s Map: “Siege of Atlanta” (1864)
Inner fortifications (defense lines) constructed by the Confederate States Army to protect Atlanta (1864)
Union soldiers in Atlanta before Battle of Atlanta (July 22, 1864)
Battle of Atlanta Battlefield Map showing troop positions and movements. Source: American Battlefield Trust (click on image)
Battle of Atlanta map showing action in and around Leggett’s Hill and East Atlanta. This is where General McPherson was shot and killed. Source: The Inheritage Almanack (click on image)
Historical marker located on Memorial Drive (formerly Fair Street) in Atlanta
Map showing route taken by General McPherson when he “kept his rendezvous with death” by Wilbur G. Kurtz (1930) — click on map
Battle of Atlanta action near Copen Hill from the Atlanta Cyclorama. The white building at the top of the hill is the Augustus Hurt House, which Sherman used as his field HQ during the battle (July 22, 1864). Photo by ATLsherpa.
Close-up of Augustus Hurt House from the Atlanta Cyclorama. The “ambulance” that transported Gen. McPherson’s body from the battlefield to this location can be seen to the right of the house. Photo by ATLsherpa.
Former site of the Augustus Hurt House on the Carter Center grounds (click on photo)
Sanborn Fire Map of NE Atlanta showing the location of Copen Hill (1917)
McPherson Monument in East Atlanta.
Photo of the site where Gen McPherson was shot and killed in East Atlanta. The McPherson Monument now stands here.
Historic photo of the McPherson Monument in East Atlanta.
Historic photo of the McPherson Monument in East Atlanta.
The “bullet that killed McPherson” from the Atlanta Cyclorama exhibit. Photo by ATLsherpa.
Belt buckle worn by Gen. McPherson when he was killed from the Atlanta Cyclorama exhibit. Photo by ATLsherpa.
Gen. McPherson’s camp chest from the Atlanta Cyclorama exhibit. Photo by ATLsherpa.
Photos of Capt. Richard Beard, the Confederate soldier who purportedly shot and killed Gen. McPherson. The inscription on his gravestone reads: "One of Lee's men, of gentle birth and of a goodly presence, a man noble and true. A soldier generous and dauntless; a scholar ripe, exact, accomplished. A Christian steadfast, immovable." "He filled every position in life with fidelity and with honor, steadfast unto the end." "A friend faithful and true, a husband tender and devoted, a father indulgent and understanding."
Augustus Hurt House, which Sherman used as his field HQ during the battle. Sherman can be seen sitting atop his horse in the middle of the photo. From the Atlanta Cyclorama. Photo by ATLsherpa.
Close up of the Augustus Hurt House. The “ambulance” that transported Gen. McPherson’s body from the battlefield in East Atlanta to this location can be seen to the right of the house. From the Atlanta Cyclorama. Photo by ATLsherpa.
McPherson Square: Washington, D.C. This statue of General McPherson was sculpted by the Italian-born artist, Louis Rebisso and paid for by the Society of the Army of the Tennessee at a cost of $32,000. It is also notable for the fact that it was cast from bronze Confederate cannons captured during the Battle of Atlanta: the same conflict at which McPherson was killed.