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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 19, 1864

Richmond Newspaper Printed Reports from Georgia

The Richmond Times Dispatch printed several reports from Georgia newspapers, including one in which Sherman acknowledged that the Confederates had fought bravely.

From Georgia. Macon, September 16. –Parties arrived here from Atlanta say that great numbers of Sherman’s army are going home, and that ten thousand had already gone, and more are following, their terms of service being out. The whole situation here looks well. Yesterday was observed by the people and army as a day of fasting and prayer. The Chattanooga Union and Nashville Gazette, of the 11th and 13th instants, have been received. They say that Wheeler has been forced from Middle Tennessee, and driven into North Alabama. The Gazette contains Sherman’s congratulatory address to his army. He tells them that they have performed prodigies of valor, and that Atlanta was captured by General Hood making a mistake in sending his cavalry to his [Sherman’s] rear. He says that the Confederate army, both under Johnston and Hood, fought with heroism.