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irection to that point. Then the Macon and Western Railroad was constructed from this city to Whitehall, and soon after the village of Whitehall was named the town of Atlanta. The West Point road was the next constructed, running to the Chattahoochee river, on the western boundary of the State. The Western and Atlantic, running northwest to Chattanooga, Tennessee, followed. From a village H soon grew to a town, then to a small and then to a great city, with endless factories, shops, mel domineer in her halls. As there are allusions made every day to its local geography, a minute description of it will be in place here. The county of Fulton, of which Atlanta is the centre, is bounded on its entire northwest face by the Chattahoochee river. This stream rises in the Black Mountains spur of the Blue Ridge, in Habersham county, and not far from where, in the same county, by the junction of the Tallulah and Chattooga creeks the Savannah is formed. Flowing southwest, for a dist
vine" messages had been constantly received that the Army of Tennessee was on its way to the enemy's rear, and now, when these messages seemed to be, in a measure, confirmed, every one was wild with excitement. Time wore painfully away until 10 o'clock A. M. of the 29th, when the joyous words "fall in" were heard along the lines; and the men sprang with alacrity to their places. Stewart's corps, with Loring in front, Walthall in the centre, and French in the rear, marched to the Chattahoochee river and crossed at Pumpkintown. The crossing of the corps was a grand sight. From the lofty hills which crown either side of the river, the long serpentine line of glittering arms and bristling bayonets glistened in the rays of the declining sun; and as the pontoons at so great a distance were invisible, it seemed as if the men were walking on the water. The ladies from the south side had congregated on its bank, and the wave of lace- bordered kerchief, and the smile of approval which
hing. The amount of the whole affair was, the enemy were amused within their entrenchments, while our army was safely moved by them, and "nobody hurt." Out of this Stanton, however, bulletined a great victory. The Augusta Chronicle, giving an account of how affairs stand at Atlanta, says that, on the 6th, the Twentieth army corps relieved the Twenty-third, which gave rise to the rumor that Sherman was being reinforced. Our cavalry captured a drove of five hundred mules near the Chattahoochee river. The Chronicle says: Scouts who left Jonesboro' on Wednesday morning report that General Howell Cobb, with from six to eight thousand militia and three brigades of cavalry, attacked the enemy and was steadily driving them in. A soldier who had been captured by the Yankees, and who succeeded in effecting his escape, reports that there were not over eight thousand troops in the city. Parties along the line of the State road, between Atlanta and Marietta, represent that the
f Kilpatrick's cavalry, under General McCook, and the advance warns, General Slocum, in advance. This Macon, and to be found slowly in the direction of General Jeff. C. Davis. The Army Fourteenth corps, General Howard, composed of the Fifteenth corps, General Logan; Sixteenth, General Smith; and Seventeenth, General Frank Blair; left Kingston three days before for Atlanta, tearing up the railroad as it went along. On the 11th, the Etowah bridge was destroyed, and from thence to the Chattahoochee river the work of destruction was complete. Almost the entire railroad track was removed, and the rails twisted up and otherwise injured; all the important storehouses and depots were burned, and the culverts and masonry blown up. The immense structure which spans the Chattahoochee was burned and the foundations blown up. Everything was in readiness at Atlanta to make good the destruction of that town upon the arrival of the Army of the Tennessee, and, in all probability, the Gate City, so
The Daily Dispatch: December 24, 1864., [Electronic resource], Confederate account of the battle of Franklin. (search)
was changing color and becoming white. We recall to mind this instance, from the fact that there is an old negro on one of our river steamers, who has followed the business of a pilot since 1819, whose skin is now, likewise, changing from jet black to the fairest white. His neck and arms, as far down as his fingers, are of a smooth, soft, delicate whiteness, that would rival that of the tenderest, purest Circassian. His lips are of a soft, ruddy hue, and his face and body beginning to show the same radical wonderful change. His name is Peter, and a more faithful, true hearted servant cannot be found. He has been the means of rescuing from watery graves several persons, in cases of accidents to boats on the Chattahoochee river, and, but a few years since, saved from drowning a lady now living in our city. The Ethiopian's skin changes; not by his own power it is true — still it changes. What is the explanation of this strange physiological phenomenon? Eufeula (Alabama) Spirit.
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