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In Their Own Words

August 08, 1864

Bombardment Order

From his headquarters north of Atlanta, Sherman sent Army of the Cumberland commander Maj. Gen. George Thomas a letter with instructions for the next day:

“Orders for to-morrow, August 9: All the batteries that can reach the buildings of Atlanta will fire steadily on the town to-morrow, using during the day about fifty rounds per gun, shell and solid shot. General Schofield will, during the cannonading, completely develop the enemy’s strength and position on his left flank.”

Source: U.S. War Department, The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (originally printed 1891, reprinted by The National Historical Society, 1971), Part 5, Vol. 38, p. 431.