country will in time emerge from this war purified by the fires of war, and worthy its great founder, Washington.
W. T. Sherman, Major-General, Commanding.
The despatch from General Grant.
Atlanta. In honor of your great victory, I have just ordered a salute to be fired with shotted guns from every battery bearing upon the enemy. The salute will be fired within an hour, amidst great rejoicing.
U. S. Grant, Lieutenant-GeneralAll the corps, regiments and batteries composing the army may, without further orders, inscribe Atlanta on their colors. By order of