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September 6, 1864: Rebel feeling about Atlanta

The New York Times reports that the Confederate people were deeply worried about Sherman and the situation in Georgia well before it fell. Despite current bravado in the Richmond Daily Dispatch and elsewhere, the fall of Atlanta was a serious … Continue reading

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September 5, 1864: Sherman’s in trouble now

The Yankees, of course, are celebrating wildly over Sherman’s capture of Atlanta. Fortunately, the Richmond Daily Dispatch understands the real situation. Hood’s army is intact, and he’s ready to prevent any further moves by Sherman. The evacuation of Atlanta. The … Continue reading

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September 4, 1864: Celebrations

The New York Times catalogs Northern celebrations about the capture of Atlanta, except for the New York Democrats, who reasserted their support for the party platform calling for a cease-fire and negotiations with the rebels. Rather hopelessly, at this point. … Continue reading

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September 3, 1864: Atlanta is ours, and fairly won.

Sherman has taken Atlanta, and is about to recall his troops there to rest and refit. I think this dispatch is the first time he used the phrase “Atlanta is ours, and fairly won.” Official Records: NEAR LOVEJOY’S STATION Twenty-six … Continue reading

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September 2, 1864: Atlanta falls

General Henry W. Slocum During the night of the 1st, Hood blew up the ammo dumps in Atlanta and evacuated his forces from the city. Sherman, south of the city with most of his armies attacking Hood’s supply line at … Continue reading

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September 1, 1864: Union breakthrough at Jonesboro

The Fourteenth Corps of Union general Jefferson C. “Don’t forget that middle initial” Davis (with some assistance from the fifteenth corps) moves against Hardee’s defenses at Jonesboro, breaks through, and takes about 1000 prisoners. Hardee isn’t going to get back … Continue reading

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August 31, 1864: Trying to keep Hardee separated from Hood

Sherman’s three armies are tearing up the railroad as they proceed south toward Jonesboro. Hardee went south with two corps to oppose them, not realizing the strength of the forces present. He attacked on Howard on the 31st and was … Continue reading

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August 30, 1864: Meanwhile, back at Atlanta

The Twentieth Corps is keeping up the siege back in Atlanta while the rest of Sherman’s armies are heading south and breaking up the railroads. Is Hood still in Atlanta? Official Records: MARIETTA, GA., August 30, 1864-8.30 p. m. (Received … Continue reading

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August 29, 1864: Sherman’s troops destroying railroads

Sherman’s men are carrying out their orders with considerable gusto, apparently — tearing up rails, heating and twisting them, burning the ties, filling in the cuts. Hood’s going to have to come out of his defenses to challenge them. HEADQUARTERS … Continue reading

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August 28, 1864: Sherman’s neckties

Sherman’s three armies are all assembling for the move to Jonesboro, and in the meantime they have instructions to take a day to thoroughly destroy the West Point and Atlanta railroad. Sherman gives Thomas explicit instructions on the best way … Continue reading

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