Category Archives: Georgia

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 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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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 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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