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1743 James Oglethorpe arrived back in London from Georgia, never again to return to the colony he founded ten years earlier.
1864 General John B. Hood ordered his army to move out of Palmetto, where they had been encamped for the past week.
From their position southwest of Atlanta, they crossed the Chattahoochee River and headed north. Hood's goal was not to engage Union General William T. Sherman but rather to have him withdraw his troops occupying Atlanta in pursuit of the Confederates. In fact, Sherman did follow Hood, though he also left the 20th Corps behind to continue the occupation of Atlanta.
For more, see This Week in Georgia Civil War History.
1895 The Parade of All Nations was held at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta. The parade,which was followed by another big fireworks show, attracted some 20,000 visitors, the largest crowd since opening day.
1900 Banker, politician, and promoter Charles Augustus Collier died in his hometown of Atlanta, where he was born July 19, 1848. Attending the University of Georgia, he obtained an undergraduate degree in 1869 and a law degree two years later. Though admitted to the bar, Collier quickly embarked on a career in banking and investment. In the late 1880s, he managed one of Atlanta's most important banks, in addition to serving as president of several companies. Collier served terms on both the Atlanta City Council and the Fulton County Commission, additionally serving as Atlanta mayor (1897-99).
Collier also served as president of the Piedmont Exposition (1887) and the Cotton States and International Exposition (1895). In 1900, President McKinley named Collier to the 12-member U.S. commission to the Paris Exposition.
1931 The Atlanta Constitution reported that among the efforts to deal with the Depression, a special committee headed by Atlanta city councilman George Lyle would be recommending that Fulton and DeKalb counties, as well as cities in those two counties, consolidate into a single government.
Equally controversial would be another committee recommendation – that all married women with no dependents working for the city be replaced with men or other women who are heads of families.
1981 Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy began a streak of 740 consecutive games in which he played – a franchise record.
2002 Tom Wright, Clarence Carter, The Harmonnners (with Mary Tallent), and TLC were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
2008 The Atlanta Braves finished a dismal season with a record of 72-89, but there was one bright spot – third baseman Chipper Jones won the National League batting title with an average of .364. This was also the best batting average in all of major league baseball for 2008, and at age 36, Jones became the oldest switch-hitter to win the title.
Georgia cities and towns incorporated by acts approved on Sept. 28:
1889 Richland (Stewart County)
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1739 Fear of a slave rebellion was a constant concern for whites in South Carolina – and one of the reasons for the Trustees' policy of prohibiting blacks in Georgia. But, as the following journal entry of Johann Martin Boltzius indicates, James Oglethorpe's opposition to slavery went deeper than that of his fellow Trustees:
Source: George Fenwick Jones and Renate Wilson (ed. and trans.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America . . . Edited by Samuel Urlsperger (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1981), Vol. 6, p. 226.
1863 John Banks of Columbus had two sons – Eugene and Willis – to fight in the Battle of Chickamauga. Shortly after the battle, he learned that Willis had received what was described as a flesh wound. Actually, the wound was much more serious, as his father noted in this day's journal entry:
Source: John Banks, Autobiography of John Banks, 1797 - 1870 (Austell, Ga.: privately printed by Elberta Leonard, 1936), pp. 29-30.
1931 Atlanta city councilman George Lyle, who was proposing that all city employees who are women with no dependents be replaced by men or other women who head families as a move to ease the suffering from the Depression, explained his position to an Atlanta Constitution reporter:
Source: Atlanta Constitution, Sept. 28, 1931.
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