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Visitors take in Michael St Maur Sheil's exhibition Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace at the Atlanta History Center. (Photo by Sarah Roberts, courtesy Atlanta History Center)

Photos: Michael St Maur Sheil captures the battlefields of World War I at the Atlanta History Center

Visitors to the gardens at the Atlanta History Center this spring will come across an unusual site. Spread throughout the property’s expansive Goizueta Gardens — including the Mary Howard Gilbert Memorial Quarry Garden, Smith Family Farm, Swan House Gardens and Swan Woods — is an outdoor exhibition of the photographs of British photojournalist Michael St Maur Sheil. In a series of haunting images, Sheil captures the surprisingly isolated, beautiful and wild places that once saw some of the deadliest battles in human history.  

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 1917-1918, presented in cooperation with the National World War I Museum and Memorial of Kansas City, Missouri, remains on view through July 5. The photographer will speak about his work on National Public Gardens Day at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at the Atlanta History Center.

German hospital cut into the side of a hill and with a massive protective concrete frontage near Binarville
Churchyard of the old village of Fey-en-Haye on the outskirts of Bois le Pretre; heavy fighting took place here between September 1914 and July 1915, involving French and German infantry divisions.
American 30.06 caliber unfired rifle clips in the Meuse Argonne “Pocket” where the so-called Lost Battalion fought its gallant action.
An “iron harvest” of unexploded artillery projectiles found in a farm field on the Somme near the Munich Trench; H.H. Munro, a British writer known as Saki, was killed near here in 1916. His last words were reported as “put that bloody cigarette out.”
German grenades with their wooden handles still intact in a trench on the Main de Massiges
American 371RI Memorial above Bussy Farm, where Cpl. Freddie Stowers won MoH 371 Inf 93 Div., September 28, 1918
Ruined abbey and observation bunker, Montfaucon d’Argonne
Oise — Aisne American Cemetery; 6012 graves and the names of 241 missing
German Artillery position in the Bois de la Montagne above Woinville
Aerial view of the Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont Hamel, Somme region