Historic Markers Across Georgia



The Burning and Destruction of Atlanta



Marker ID: GHS 60-9
Location: Near the old Georgia Raildepot on Central Ave, Atlanta, GA
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.092    W 084° 23.321
  33.75153333    -84.38868333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMC85W
The Burning and Destruction of Atlanta Marker
Photo by David Seibert



Text:

After capturing Atlanta in September 1864 during the Civil War, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, before leaving Atlanta on the March to the Sea, ordered the destruction of all railroads, factories, and commercial buildings of possible use to the Confederacy. On Nov. 11, 1864, Chief Engineer Orlando M. Poe directed the demolition of stone and brick buildings using specially made battering rams. On Nov. 15, Poe's troops burned the wooden buildings in the downtown business district around the site of this marker. Though houses and churches were not targeted, some were burned nonetheless. Many houses had already been dismantled by both armies to make way for fortifications. Contrary to popular myth only 40 percent of Atlanta was left in ruins.



Erected for the Civil War 150 commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Department of Economic Development




The Burning and Destruction of Atlanta
Photo by Ken Moser


Notes:

Several knowledgeable historians have called into question the objectivity and historical accuracy of this marker.

Marker dedicated on April 13, 2011

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Lat34North: The March to the Sea

Wikipedia: The Atlanta Campaign

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The Civil War in Georgia: After the fall of Atlanta

 

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