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This Day in Georgia History

September 03, 1864

Union Troops Occupied Atlanta

From near Lovejoy’s Station, General William T. Sherman sent the following telegram to Gen. Slocum, commander of the 20th Corps, in Atlanta:

“Move all the stores forward from Allatoona and Marietta to Atlanta. Take possession of all good buildings for Government purposes, and see they are not used as quarters. Advise the people to quit now. There can be no trade or commerce now until the war is over. Let Union families go to the North with their effects, and secesh families move on. All cotton is tainted with treason, and no title in it will be respected.”

As Federal troops marched into Atlanta, Sherman sent a telegraph to Washington stating: “Atlanta is ours and fairly won.”

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Source: Harper's Weekly