CSU Archives Releases Interactive Map for 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Digital Archives at Columbus State University now contain an interactive map commemorating the Battle of Columbus, often referred to as the last battle of Civil War.

The map’s release coincides with the 150th Anniversary of the battle, which took place on April 16, 1865, just a few days after General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.

“The Battle of Columbus is certainly an important part of Columbus’ history,” said David Owings, archivist for the Simon Schwob Memorial Library on CSU’s main campus. “Some of the city’s most fascinating stories come from this time, including the origins of the Eagle and Phenix Mills, Haiman’s Sword Factory, the CSS Jackson and many others.”

A special collection of items from CSU Archives and the Columbus Museum have been digitized and highlighted on the clickable map. Battle phases, troop placements, defensive fortifications, historic photographs and even Columbus Post Commandant Colonel Leon Von Zinken’s original letter telling citizens to leave town have been incorporated into the online exhibit.

The map can be found online in the CSU Digital Archives at http://digitalarchives.columbusstate.edu/neatline/show/battle-of-columbus.

CSU Archives, located on the third floor of the Simon Schwob Memorial Library, serves as a repository for materials documenting the history of Columbus State University, the City of Columbus and the broader Chattahoochee Valley. For more information about CSU Archives or the interactive map of the Battle of Columbus, visit http://archives.columbusstate.edu/ or contact Owings at 706-507-8674 or owings_david@columbusstate.edu.