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In Their Own Words

January 31, 1879

Brief Diary Entry on Sherman Returning to Atlanta

Fifteen years after burning Atlanta, former Union general William T. Sherman returned, as noted in the diary of Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards:

“Gen. Sherman has just honored our city by a visit to see how nicely we have builded it up after his burning it.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. I, p. 953.