Allatoona Pass is a historically significant location due to its role in two major incidents during the American Civil War. In April 1862, James Andrews’ raiders on board the steam locomotive General passed through Allatoona Pass during what has become known as the Great Locomotive Chase. Two and a half years later on October 5, 1864, following the fall of Atlanta, one of the most stubbornly fought battles of the Civil War was waged on the site. Of the over 5,000 men engaged approximately 30 percent became casualties of war during the battle. Today, the well preserved earthworks and trenches are still visible. Interpretive panels and several monuments dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the battle provide context for the battle.
To get to Allatoona Pass, take Exit 283 (Emerson Allatoona Road) off of I-75 towards the East and follow the signs. The site is managed by Red Top Mountain State Park of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Historic Sites Division.
Allatoona Pass Battlefield history
Etowah Valley Historical Society - Allatoona Pass
Things To Do & See
- Walking trails
- Historic Marker
- Sherman's Necktie