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The Burning Of Atlanta

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 13, 2009

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Around this time 145 years ago, Atlanta was on fire. General Sherman was preparing for his March to the sea, and wanted to destroy anything of value in the city. The fire is reported as being on 11-15 of November, depending on what source you use.

The November fire was the second great fire in Atlanta that year. On September 2, the city was conquered by the Union Army. The fleeing Confederates blew up a munitions depot, and set a large part of the city on fire. This is the fire the Scarlet O’Hara flees in “Gone With The Wind”.

After a series of bloody battles, the city was shelled by Yankee forces for forty days. There were many civilian casualties. General Sherman was tired of the war, angry at Atlanta, and ready for action. This is despite the fact that many in Atlanta were opposed to secession.

Click here to hear a lecture by Marc Wortman at the Atlanta History Center. Mr Wortman is the author of “The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta”. The hour of talk is fascinating. The pictures, with one exception, are from Shorpy. The 1864 map is from a collection of images at Georgia State University.

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  2. Atlanta On Fire « Chamblee54 said, on November 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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  3. The Burning Of Atlanta « Chamblee54 said, on November 16, 2011 at 12:04 am

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