Battle of Jonesboro - Library of Congress
Map of the country northwest of Jonesboro, Georgia, Aug.-Sept. 1864]. Shows troop positions and names of commanders annotated in pencil. LOC
UPDATE- Jonesboro mayor Joy Day said the City Council approved the rezoning plan at their Monday night meeting.
JONESBORO Ga. -- It's been 150 years since the original Battle of Jonesboro raged during the Civil War. Now there's a new one over whether or not a development plan would desecrate that very battlefield. Monday night a proposal was brought before the Jonesboro city commission that would allow a funeral home to be built on a piece of property off Tara Boulevard.
The local historical society says enough historical sites in Jonesboro have been paved over, and it's time to save this one. The Huie family owns the property behind the proposed funeral home site. They say artifacts can be found all around the area, which proves it was the site of heavy fighting during the Civil War. They have a bag full of artifacts, including what appears to be an unexploded civil war shell.
The developer of the project wouldn't speak on the record, but said it could not be proven the property was a battlefield during the war. It was also pointed out that an entire subdivision went up next door to the property in question, and there was no protest.