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Atlanta after Sherman - 1864-65
Southern Watchman, December 6, 1864

This article appeared in the December 6, 1864, edition of the Southern Watchman, and gives a short description of the destruction of Atlanta.


Persons who have visited the site of this once flourishing city, represent that the great mass of the houses have been destroyed, including the railroad depots, hotels, foundries, meals, &c. Most of the churches, and the City Hall and the Masonic Hall, escaped destruction. There are about six hundred whites and one hundred Negroes remaining, out of a population of twenty thousand!

The exiles are returning home, determined to rebuild the city.

It is said that after the Federal army evacuated the place, the citizens of the surrounding country rushed into the town and carried off such furniture and other movable property as the vandals had spared.

Col. L. J. Glenn, we understand, has been placed in command of the post. [1]



  1. [On-line] Southern Watchman Atlanta (December 6, 1864) p 2