Apartment complex planned for Civil War site

8:13 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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Gen. Samuel French, CSA

ATLANTA, Ga. -- It's fourteen acres of woods, alongside a railroad line in a busy in-town neighborhood off Howell Mill Road. It's never been developed.

Neighbors here believe the last significant event in this northwest Atlanta forest took place 150 years ago -- when a Confederate army brigade led by General Samuel French camped out here before becoming embroiled in the Battle of Peachtree Creek-- a run-up to the Civil War's decisive Battle of Atlanta.

A developer wants to turn General French's confederate encampment into a 236 unit apartment complex.

The project site sits alongside the Underwood Hills neighborhood-- whose resident say they'd like to see the grounds analyzed for their archaeological and historic value before bulldozers tear into the civil war-era forest.

"If there were some archaeological or historic significance to this particular area, I think that would definitely add some value to the neighborhood," said Wyatt Gordon, president of the neighborhood association.

The owner of the property, Albert Ashkoti, told 11 Alive News he'd like to break ground on the apartment complex project sometime this year.

When he was asked about the historical value of the property, the phone line went dead. He didn't respond to subsequent messages.

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