State News

September 11, 2013

Band films video where soldiers clashed in Atlanta

ATLANTA — A band producing music videos at Civil War battlefields across the country has released a video filmed at an Atlanta ice cream shop on the site of an 1864 battle.

The Battle of Atlanta left the city in flames.

Union Gen. William T. Sherman watched the fighting from his vantage point on Copenhill, the site of the present-day Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.

Granville Automatic’s song “Copenhill” is part of an effort to raise awareness about Civil War battlefields and efforts to preserve them. The video, filmed at the Edgewood shopping center, was released this week.

Granville Automatic recently filmed another video at the southern Alabama gravesite of Grancer Harrison. He lost several sons in the Civil War.

Harrison was known for throwing huge parties every full moon, when he would put on his dancing shoes and play his fiddle all night. He asked to be buried with his dancing shoes and his fiddle, and video was shot at his grave in Coffee County, Ala.

Another video at Glorieta Pass in New Mexico recounts the 1862 battle known as the “Gettysburg of the West.”

Other battlefields that set scenes for their songs of soldiers, horses and ghosts include Perryville in Kentucky, Franklin in Tennessee; Gettysburg in Pennsylvania; Antietam in Maryland, Mansfield in Louisiana; and several sites in Virginia.

 

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