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September 16, 1864: Halleck congratulates Sherman

Sherman and Halleck were old friends, and occasionally they wrote each other warm personal notes. In this letter, Halleck praises Sherman’s Atlanta campaign, commiserates with him over the state “Negro recruiters”, and dishes a little dirt on Hooker, who left … Continue reading

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September 13, 1864: Democrats can’t admit Sherman’s victory

Sherman’s capture of Atlanta turns the tide of the war, supplying a Union victory just in time to influence the presidential election. Needless to say, the Democrats hate this and are trying hard to spin the city’s fall. Sure, he … Continue reading

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September 12, 1864: I won’t rescind the order

Sherman replies to yesterday’s letter from the elders of Atlanta appealing against his order to expel the civilian population of Atlanta. He will not moderate his order, as his military goals are necessary instruments for the restoration of peace. “War … Continue reading

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September 11, 1864: Please reconsider

The mayor and two city councilmen of Atlanta appealed to Sherman to rescind or modify his order evacuating the civilian population of Atlanta. Their arguments are first, that there are many ill, pregnant, etc. for whom it would be a … Continue reading

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September 10, 1864: Sherman and Hood on the evacuation of Atlanta

General Hood objects to the “studied and ingenious cruelty” of Sherman’s evacuation order, but Sherman replies that this order is not unprecedented, and in fact will protect the citizens of Atlanta. Moreover, he calls Hood’s appeal to God “sacrilegious”, blaming … Continue reading

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September 10, 1864: Death of Morgan

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports today on the death of general John Hunt Morgan, who apparently was betrayed by a Virginia woman. The Dispatch reviles her, of course, for treachery and “violation of all the soft and gentle prompting of … Continue reading

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September 9, 1864: Evacuation of Atlanta

Sherman’s Headquarters in Atlanta (next to church) Hood seems content at the moment to dig in around Jonesboro, while Sherman consolidates his position in Atlanta. As Sherman tells Halleck, “I want it a pure Gibraltar.” Richmond Daily Dispatch, Sep. 9, … Continue reading

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September 8, 1864: Sherman orders Atlanta evacuated

Sherman, having served as military governor of Memphis in the past, knows just how much effort and military power is required to manage a captured enemy town. Even with all his efforts, smuggling of war materiel was a serious problem … Continue reading

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September 7, 1864: If that is not success I don’t know what is

Sherman, nettled by southern and Democratic Party claims that taking Atlanta was inconsequential, sends an official report summarizing the outcome of his campaign. With relatively little loss, he has taken a crucial rail and industrial hub along with 3000 prisoners. … Continue reading

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September 6, 1864: Rebel feeling about Atlanta

The New York Times reminds us that, even though the Richmond Daily Dispatch is shrugging off the loss of Atlanta, back in July the south was saying how important it was to keep it. For months past the feeling in … Continue reading

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