A History of War...Anything But Civil
On July 30, 1864 Union Army soldiers attacked this authentic Greek
revival home (built in 1853). This home is the only site struck by a
cannonball during the war. Hear of where the cannonball fell and see
where it still lies inside this historic mansion. Following your tour,
visit the Old South Museum Gift Shop featuring Civil War and Old South
books and memorabilia. Located 856 Mulberry Street, (478) 745-5982.
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children 12 years & above $1, Children under 6 years Free.
Step back into history at "The Palace of the South". This Italian
Renaissance Revival Villa was built by William Butler Johnston, one of
Macon’s wealthiest men. The mansion is exquisitely decorated with
antiques collected by the three families who occupied the house
beginning in 1859; the Johnstons, Feltons and Hay families. Hay House
is now owned by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and is made
up of 18,000 square feet, 24 rooms, 19 fireplaces, a beautiful trompe
l’oell, magnificent plaster molding, a secret room said the have housed
some of the Confederate gold. Located 934 Georgia Avenue, (478)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Last tour at 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults $9, Children ages 6-21 $4, Students $4 .
Sidney Lanier Cottage
Sidney Lanier, famous poet, linguist, musician, mathematician and
lawyer. Volunteered in the Confederate army with the 2nd Georgia
Battalion, the first company to go from Georgia to Virginia. Fought at
Chickahominy and Malvern Hill. Lanier also served as a mounted scout
for two years and in 1864 he became a signal officer on a blockade
runner. His ship was captured and Lanier was imprisoned at Point
Lookout, Maryland. Civil War artifacts are on display in the cottage
museum and gift shop. Located 935 High Street (478) 743-3851.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Last Tour at 3:30 p.m.Woodruff House
Admission: Adults $3, Children $1, Children 12 and under $ .50
This Greek Revival Mansion built in 1836 was originally built for a
railroad financier and banker, later owned by one of the South’s
wealthiest cotton planters, Joseph Bond. The house once hosted a ball
for Winnie Davis, daughter of Jefferson Davis, and was occupied by
Union General Wilson in 1865. Restored, owned and operated now
by Mercer University. Located 988 Bond Street. Open only during Cherry
Blossom Festival in March and for special events.
Rose Hill Cemetery
Listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places, this is
one of the oldest surviving public cemetery parks in the United States.
Winding paths and terraced hills overlook the Ocmulgee River. Located
inside Confederate Square are the markers of 600 Confederate and Union
Soldiers. Open daily until sunset. Self guided tours available (478)
Ocmulgee National Monument
Site of the Dunlap Farm House where the troops of General Sherman, led
by General Stoneman, fired cannons upon the city of Macon only to
strike the white columned home, the Cannonball House and a military
hospital. Free admission. Located at 1207 Emery Highway, (478)
Washington Memorial Library
Extensive genealogy department and middle Georgia archives provide
records and history. Located at 510 College Street, (478) 744-0820.
Located on the corner of Cotton Avenue and Second Street in
historic downtown Macon. Dedicated in memory of Bibb County Confederate
Located top of Poplar and Cotton Avenue across from City Hall.
Dedicated in memory of the women of the Confederacy and their
contributions to the war effort.
Federal troops raided this western frontier town in July of 1864 en
route to Macon and Andersonville. Union forces and Confederate Calvary
fought for months before the Federals finally departed leaving
destruction and economic ruin. After the war, Clinton steadily declined
and is now a quiet, rural village. In May, the Clinton Historical
Society, with the 16th Ga., Company "G," Jackson Rifles of the Sons of
the Confederate Veterans, presents its annual "Clinton War Days" when
battles which were fought in and around Clinton are reenacted. Relive
two historic war days as Confederate and Union Troops march from their
encampments and clash once again as they did in 1864. For more
information call (478) 986-3384 or (478) 986-6086.
Located southwest of Macon, the Andersonville National Cemetery became
the home of a huge prison camp for Union soldiers. The remains of
nearly 13,000 Union prisoners of the Civil War are buried here. Opened
in 1864 this National Historic Site is still used as a resting place
for other American veterans and is a monument to all American prisoners
of war, from the Revolutionary to Vietnam. Living history
demonstrations are conducted.
In late November 1864 Georgia military marched its way from Macon to
Augusta to protect an ammunition supply. When they arrived in
Griswoldville, the town had been burned by Sherman’s troops as they
made their march to the sea. Union forces had destroyed Samual
Griswold’s Confederate arms plant in the process. An attack was made
and after a three hour battle, Confederate troops repeatedly charged
the Union positions leaving behind more Southern than Union casualties.