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In Their Own Words

August 21, 1864

Effects of Bombardment Noted in Diary

Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards wrote of Sherman’s artillery bombardment of the city in his diary:

“… It is said that about twenty lives have been destroyed by these terrible missiles, since the enemy began to throw them into the city. It is like living in the midst of a pestilence, no one can tell but he may be next victim… .”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), p. 631.