3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Jones, senior military curator, Atlanta History Center:
"The painting is 49 feet high, 371 feet in circumference. Weighs 10,000 pounds, and that's considerably larger than what it used to be before we brought it here when it was only 42 feet high and 358 feet in circumference. So, we have restored this to its full original dimensions."
4. Pan of painting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Jones, senior military curator, Atlanta History Center:
"So this painting depicts the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864. This was a U.S. victory."
6. Close of painting
7. Exterior of Atlanta History Center
8. Wide exterior of cyclorama building
9. Medium of painting with the diorama in the foreground
10. Close of the diorama
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Jones, senior military curator, Atlanta History Center:
"What we did was we moved it the way they moved it in the 1880s, which was we scrolled it onto two spools and lifted those spools through the roof of the old building on a flatbed truck and then lowered into this building."
12. Mid of man working on the diorama
13. Close of diorama
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Gordon Jones, senior military curator, Atlanta History Center:
"But depending on when in history you're looking at it, it can mean different things to different audiences at different times. And in fact, if you were African American in Atlanta you didn't see this at all because at Grant Park was a segregated place. You couldn't go in there, so what does that tell us about American history? I think there's a lot we can learn about that through using this artifact to look at those stories."
As cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, an enormous painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the American Civil War will soon reopen to the public.
But historians say this painting, one of the world's largest, was never intended to celebrate the Confederacy.
The 360-degree painting is longer than a football field at 371 feet (113 meters); and is nearly 50 feet (15 meters) high. It weighs 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms).
The Atlanta Cyclorama depicts charging horses, wounded soldiers, cannon blasts and smoke as Union troops defeated Confederate forces and then torched much of the city.
The painting goes on display Friday at the Atlanta History Center after a two-year restoration effort.
Historians say it was created by a group of mostly German immigrants in Milwaukee and was intended to celebrate a northern victory in Atlanta.
When it was moved to Atlanta, it was advertised as Confederate victory to appeal to southerners, who focused on the valor and bravery of their side.