MARCH TO THE SEA BEGINS
The Civil War Battle of Atlanta, which began July 22, 1864, ended with General William T. Sherman and the Union Army victoriously entering Atlanta on September 2, 1864.
The fall of Atlanta, a large industrial and logistical stronghold for the Confederacy, was not only a morale booster for the Union, but opened the way to the east coast and more southern areas. Atlanta was the last city left with easy transportation connections to the Confederate states.
On November 15, 1864, General Sherman’s troops set fire to the city before leaving on their march on to Savannah. The fire essentially destroyed Confederate supply lines together with the city.
The Battle of Atlanta is also given credit for helping the re-election of Abraham Lincoln since the news came at a time when it gave the Union and Lincoln a boost over his rival, General McClellan, who advocated a more peaceful resolution of the war.
Here is a pictorial map of Atlanta from another war period – It was issued for the department store Davison-Paxon from 1940.
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