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Montgomery

Explore must-visit museums and historical sites on a weekend getaway to Montgomery, Alabama

There’s a street in Montgomery that locals say is one of the most historic in America. A large fountain sits at the western end, the site of the city’s once-booming slave market. At the eastern end is the Alabama State Capitol, where Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederacy. In between is Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor in the late 1950s.
Cyclorama

Redeeming the Cyclorama: Why the century-old attraction is anything but a monument to the Confederacy

Conceived in Chicago, created in Milwaukee, and premiered in Minneapolis, the Cyclorama was meant to celebrate the Union’s great triumph in capturing Atlanta and hastening the end of the Civil War. But when the painting moved South, new audiences flipped its meaning, bastardizing the spectacle into a testament to white Southern pride. For decades, it was a masterpiece of misinterpretation. Now, it has a new life at the Atlanta History Center.
Kennesaw Mountain

Hike Kennesaw Mountain

In 1864 this was the major obstacle between General William T. Sherman and his ultimate goal: Atlanta. Standing atop the 1,808-foot peak today, it’s easy to see why the site was so strategic.
Franklin, Tennessee

Destination: Franklin, Tennessee

Twenty miles south of Nashville, Franklin’s downtown is lined with boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and specialty shops, with scarcely a chain store in sight.
1295 Heards Ferry

House Envy: Heards Ferry tales stretch back centuries

From Native Americans to the Civil War to 70s communes, this Sandy Springs house has a fascinating past.
Drone Oakland Cemetery

A drone’s eye view of Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery first opened its gates to the public a decade before the Civil War. Now filled with ornate tombstones, mausoleums, and magnolia trees, the cemetery has seen more than 70,000 people laid to rest here, including Margaret Mitchell, six governors, 27 mayors, and thousands of unknown Confederate soldiers.

What were the “bad” women doing during the Civil War?

Author Karen Abbott discusses female Civil War spies, writing, and the Clermont Lounge.
Belle Boyd

Meet the female Civil War spies of Karen Abbott’s new book

On September 17, author Karen Abbott reads from her latest, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, the little-known story of four female Civil War spies. A quick primer on the ladies.

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