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This Day in Georgia History

August 10, 1864

Bombardment of Atlanta Escalated

The artillery bombardment of Atlanta escalated. At 5 p.m. Union batteries began firing new 4 1/2-inch rifled cannon, with each weapon fired every five minutes. After Sherman complained about not hearing the guns fire, the frequency of shelling increased. That night, Sherman wrote Gen. Howard, “Let us destroy Atlanta and make it a desolation.”