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This Day in Georgia History

May 09, 1864

Militia Called in Atlanta

Even as Union and Confederate forces battled in north Georgia, Atlanta’s newspaper, the Intelligencer, continued publication. William Wilson, Confederate commander of Atlanta, had the following notice published in the May 9, 1864, issue of the Intelligencer:

“ATTENTION MILITIA! All persons between the ages of 16 and 60, not in the service of the Confederate States, in the second ward, are hereby notified to be and appear at the City Hall today, at 2 o’clock P.M., for the purpose of being armed and equipped for local defense. Herein fail not under penalty.”