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In Their Own Words

August 14, 1864

Atlanta Shelling Described in Diary

On this Sunday, Atlanta merchant Samuel Richards recorded in his diary the uncertainties he felt in the fact of Sherman’s continuous artillery bombardment of the city:

“Another week of anxiety and suspense has passed and the fate of Atlanta is still undecided. We have had but one severe shelling on our side of town, and that was on Wed. night, and kept us awake from 12 o’clock until daylight. Our humane foes allowed us to get well to sleep before they began their work of destruction. Another shell entered our store, or rather the rooms above, while I was there examining the premises to see if any more had visited them. I was enveloped in the dust made by it… .”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), p. 630.