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Fort McPherson

by Chris Schroder

From Confederate Army barracks to POW internment posts during the Spanish-American War and World War I to a World War II training facility, Fort McPherson was an important piece of America’s history before closing in 2011.

Although the nearly 500 acres in southeast Atlanta served as a Confederate camp, Congress bought the land in 1885, naming it after Union Army General James B. McPherson, who was killed at the Battle of Atlanta.

Many of the fort’s buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and filmmaker Tyler Perry is currently negotiating to buy about 330 acres of the property.

– Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust

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