but still formidable, was in the field, and Sherman saw clearly that a difficult problem lay before him, all unsolved.
When General Slocum was satisfied.
that Hood had abandoned.
Atlanta, he sent out, at dawn,
Sept. 2, 1864. a strong reconnoitering column in that direction.
It encountered no opposition, and entered the city — much of which was reduced to a smoking ruin by Hood's incendiary fires — at 9 o'clock, when it was met by Mayor Calhoun, who formally surrendered the place.
General Ward's division then marched in, with drums beating and colors
Herman's Headquarters in Atlanta. flying, and the National flag was unfurled over the Court-house.
On the day of the evacuation of Atlanta [September 2], the telegraph gave information of the fact to the. Government, whereupon the President, on the same day, publicly tendered the thanks of the nation to General.
Sherman, and the gallant officers and soldiers under his command.
Orders were issued for the firing of National sa