…officially began today in 1864, and ended a day or two later, when the Confederates abandoned the city. The siege had been going on for four months. The Union Army arrived at the out-skirts of Atlanta on August 31.
It resulted in a Union victory, and led to the eventual surrender and destruction of the Southern Confederacy. As decisive as Getteysburg, the Battle for Atlanta cut the supply lines to the Southern branch of the Confederate army, and paved the way for Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Rhett stole a horse, took Scarlett, Melanie and the baby to Tara, you know the story. It’s a pretty big deal here.
Historians from all over are writing about it, celebrating it, talking about it, and remembering it.
Confederate Generals John Bell Hood and William J. Hardee abandoned Atlanta a few days later, and the city was destroyed by the Confederate fires from buring supplies and by Sherman’s men. The city was occupied by the Union Army for the rest of the war, and of course on through The Reconstruction.
But, history aside, Atlanta, ever the Pheonix, rose from the ashes and became the beautiful city it is today.
So, celebrate what you want, I’m celebrating what we have.