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.