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This Day in Georgia History

May 05, 1865

No Liquor for Soldiers

Union Col. B.B. Eggleston designated Capt. William G. Lawder as provost-marshal of Atlanta. Eggleston also issued his first order to the citizens of Atlanta:

“All persons in and about Atlanta, Ga., in possession of intoxicating liquors of any kind, are hereby prohibited from selling or giving the same to any soldier, whatever, under penalty of forfeiture of all liquors found in their possession.”