Well, a while back I posted a quick quote from Russell Bonds’ book “War Like the Thunderbolt” and sadly I must admit that I am not only a slow reader but I am still reading the book. Most of it is due to the end of the school year keeping me busy and not giving me much time to read. It may also be that I am a close reader and I like to map things out on Google Earth. One of the things that stands out in stark contrast to many current Civil War Battlefields is that the battlefields around Atlanta are now part of the sprawling city and any trace of the battlefields are now gone. Russell Bonds in “War Like the Thunderbolt” addresses this problem at the end of the book.
Here is a picture from Google Earth showing the same area as the map above…and as you can see urban sprawl has destroyed anything that the battlefield once was. I am really enjoying the book and will post a review of it once I get done. I really do find in interesting to see what has happened to the area now that we have reached 150 years since that event and so far this book has done a great job of giving me a sense of what happened there in 1864.