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Chapter 25: General view of situation after fall of Atlanta defences of Richmond and Petersburg national entrenchments depression of public spirit at
Early abandons the Valley
censures of Lee
disappointment in Richmond.
Atlanta had fallen, the Weldon road was carried, and Early's exit from the Valley had plans to the actual emergencies.
On the 8th of September, Sherman had entered Atlanta in person, and on the 10th, he was instructed: As soon as your men are suffici are that the right man for commander-in-chief was the general who had captured Atlanta, not the one who still lay outside of Richmond.
Until the fall of Atlanta, Atlanta, indeed, the gloom at the North was overshadowing.
The most hopeful had become weary, the most determined were depressed and disappointed.
It was forgotten that Gra loudest were laggard in action.
But above all, at this crisis, the victory of Atlanta revived the drooping spirits of the nation and gave stamina to the government;