City, county-seat of Fulton county
, and capital of the State of Georgia
; 171 miles north by west of Augusta
: popularly known as “The Gate City” ; is noted for the historical events of which it was the centre, for its extensive commercial and manufacturing interests, and for its educational institutions.
In its suburbs is Fort McPherson
, one of the most complete of the modern military posts in the country.
Cotton expositions were held here in 1881 and 1895.
The population in 1890 was 65,533; in 1900, 89,872.
In the Civil War
the main National and Confederate armies remained quiet in their camps after their arrival at the Chattahoochee
until the middle of July, 1864.
was 8 miles from the city.
On the 17th he resumed offensive and active
operations, by throwing Thomas
's army across the Chattahoochee
, close to Schofield
's right, with directions to move forward.
moved against the railway east of Decatur
, and destroyed (July 18) 4 miles of the track.
At the same time Thomas
crossed Peach-tree Creek, on the 19th, in the face of the Confederate
intrenchments, skirmishing heavily at every step.
At this juncture, General Rousseau
, who had swept through Alabama
and northern Georgia
, joined Sherman
with 2,000 cavalry.
On the 20th the National
armies had all closed in, converging towards Atlanta
, and at 4 P. M. the Confederates
, under Hood
, made a sortie, and struck Hooker
's corps with great strength.
The Confederates were repulsed and driven back to their intrenchments.
The entire National loss in this conflict was 1,500 men; Sherman
estimated that of the Confederates
at not less than 5,000 men. Hood
left on the field 500 dead, 1,000 severely wounded, and many prisoners.
On the morning of the 21st the Confederates
had abandoned their position on the south side of Peachtree Creek
, and Sherman
believed they were evacuating Atlanta
He pressed on towards the town in a narrow semicircle, when, at the average distance of 2 miles from it, the Nationals were confronted by an inner line of intrenchments much stronger than the one just abandoned.
Behind these swarmed a Confederate host.
On the 22d, McPherson
moved from Decatur
to assail this strong line; Logan
's corps formed his centre, Dodge
's his right, and Blair
's his left.
The latter had driven the Confederates
from a commanding eminence the evening before, and the Nationals proceeded to plant a battery upon it.
had left a sufficient number of troops in front of Sherman
to hold them, and, by a night march to the flank and rear of the Nationals, struck them a severe and unexpected blow.
It fell with heaviest force on the division of Gen. G. A. Smith
, of Blair
had ridden from Sherman
's moving column, and had entered a wood almost alone, for observation, in the rear of Smith
At that moment Hardee
charged upon the Nationals, and his men
were pouring into a gap between Blair
had just given an order from his place in the wood for a brigade to fill that gap, when the bullet of a sharp-shooter killed him. His body was recovered during the heat of the battle that ensued.
immediately took command of the Army of the Tennessee.
At that moment the battle was general all along the line, and raged fiercely for several hours.
At 4 P. M. there was a brief lull in the contest.
Then a charge of the Confederates
's line, pushed back
a brigade in much disorder, and took possession of two important batteries. Sherman ordered up reinforcements, and Logan
soon recovered the ground lost.
Very soon the Confederates
gave way and fell back to their defences.
The losses on both sides were heavy.
That of the Nationals was 3,722, of whom about 1,000 were prisoners.
having well closed up, Hood
was firmly held behind his inner line of intrenchments.
concluded to make a flank movement, and sent Stoneman
with about 5,000 cavalry, and McCook
with another mounted force, including Rousseau
's cavalry, to destroy the railways in Hood
performed his part well, but Stoneman
, departing from Sherman
's instructions, did not accomplish much.
Simultaneously with these raids, Slocum
began (July 27) a flanking movement from Atlanta
had penetrated Sherman
's design, knew of changes in his army, and acted promptly.
Under cover of an artillery fire, he moved out with the larger part of his army (July 28), with the expectation of finding Howard
's forces in confusion.
He was mistaken, and disastrous consequences followed.
He threw heavy masses of his troops upon Logan
's corps on Howard
's right, and was met by a fire that made fearful havoc in their ranks.
They recoiled, but returned to the attack again and again.
The battle raged fearfully from noon until about 4 P. M., when the Confederates
retired to their intrenchments, leaving several hundred of their dead on the field.
's entire loss in this struggle was about 5,000 men: that of the Nationals did not exceed 600.
captured 2.000 muskets.
and took 233 prisoners. Sherman
extended his right along an intrenched line to the junction of two railways at East Point
over which came the supplies for Atlanta
's army; and the latter, extending a parallel line of works, stood on the defensive.
's long-range guns kindled destructive fires in Atlanta
At length Hood
, who had lost half his infantry in rash encounters.
in sheer desperation sent out Wheeler
with his cavalry to break up Sherman
's communications and capture supplies.
made a successful counter-movement.
On the 25th all of Sherman
's munitions of war, supplies, and sick and wounded men were sent to his intrenched position on the Chattahoochee
, the siege of Atlanta
was raised, and the Nationals began a grand flanking movement, which events had delayed, and which finally caused Hood
to abandon the coveted post.
cross the Chattahoochee
, and make a formidable raid upon Sherman
as victors on Sept. 2, 1864, and the national flag was unfurled over the court-house.
Two days afterwards, Sherman
issued an order for the inhabitants to leave the town within five days, that the place might be appropriated to military purposes.
He deemed the measure humane, under the circumstances, for he expected the Confederates
to attack him there.
To a remonstrance by Hood
, he replied, “God will judge me in good time, and He will pronounce whether it be more humane to fight with a town full of women and the families of a brave people at our backs.
or to remove them in time to places of safety among their own friends.”
In a few days Atlanta
was thoroughly evacuated by the civilians.