Marietta Square will be ‘set ablaze’ Saturday night


It’s going to look an awful lot like the Civil War in Marietta’s famed Square this weekend.

The city plans to honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battles that were fought in this area by reenacting Union General William T. Sherman’s lesser-known city torching, when he burned Marietta to the ground before heading south to Atlanta.

But you can rest assured that the actual Square won’t be torched during the reenactment; it’ll only be a pretend burning.

(Also read: More news and notes from the Atlanta area this week)

The show will begin Saturday night at 8 p.m., according to the Marietta Daily Journal, and the viewing public has been asked to watch from North Park Square or East Park Square. During the reenactment, there will be readings from Civil War soldiers’ diaries and an orchestra will play music, the report also said.

“This is important to us as a community,” City Manager Bill Bruton told “You can’t move forward if you don’t know where you’ve been.”

Bruton told the Marietta Daily Journal that there will be 80 reenactors working to replay the events of that day 150 years ago. Dressed in Civil War uniforms, the actors will camp out on the Square Friday night, and some will be a part of the festivities Saturday afternoon before the reenactment begins, the report added.

MDJ also says the full event will last from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with plenty of activities for the kids and a chance to meet impersonators dressed as Abraham Lincoln and General Sherman.

The Square has hosted many film crews over the years. At least one scene in the upcoming film “Dumb and Dumber To” was shot in Marietta Square back in 2013, according to

The movie will be released on Nov. 14, one day after the 150-year anniversary of the Square being wiped off the map by Sherman and his troops.

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