This Day in Georgia Civil War History
January 06, 1865
Richmond Newspaper Printed Three Georgia Items
The Richmond Times Dispatch printed three items related to Georgia, the first an overly optimistic look at the military situation around Dalton.
The war in Georgia. The Atlanta Intelligencer, which is again published at Atlanta, contains some intelligence from that region of country. It says: ‘We conversed last evening with a gentleman who left the vicinity of Dalton on last Thursday. His report is very encouraging, and speaks volumes of praise for the patriotism of the people of that section, who, though they have endured the most crushing oppression for the past six months, still stand erect in the cause of Southern independence. The garrison at Dalton consists of an infantry regiment of about five hundred, and a cavalry regiment of near one thousand men - all commanded by a colonel, he thinks. In addition to this force, they have ten pieces of artillery. They have not a very good supply of provisions at the post, but a considerable amount of stores; and the general prevailing opinion is that they will not evacuate the place unless forced. All the able-bodied men in that section are thoroughly organized, and rendering most efficient service. There are at least two thousand men, organized, between Etowah and Chattanooga, who force the Yanks to “remain in doors.” Our informant reports that the road between Altoona and Resaca is in better condition than it has been since the commencement of the war - it having been relaid with new iron, which the enemy failed to destroy on their retreat. There are also several depots still on the road uninjured north of the Etowah. The citizens from the counties around Dalton are fast returning to their homes, and are sowing large crops of wheat, and also preparing to plant regular crops. The people in the immediate vicinity of the town are suffering untold miseries, as a majority of them are living on nothing but bread. Would the people of this section be willing to endure as much for the promotion of the cause? We fear not. The railroad from Dalton to Chattanooga is kept constantly cut by our scouts. No train had passed over the road for ten days previous to the departure of our informant because of its having been destroyed at some point between there and Chattanooga. There are two telegraph wires remaining from Atlanta to Dalton in good condition–one of them is perfectly new.
The second a brief item on when the legislature might meet again after the destruction in Milledgeville, then the state capital.
Extra Session of the Georgia Legislature. –Governor Brown has been in this city within a few days past, and will, we learn, so soon as the damage done to the State House by the explosion of the magazine - breaking the glass and doing other damage - can be repaired, re-convene damage - the Legislature, to assemble here some time in February next.–Milledgeville Recorder.
And the third another brief report - this time on a Georgia railroad.
The Georgia railroad. –The track of this road not as badly damaged as at first reported. From who mountain to Lithonia the road is in good running order, (says the Augusta Chronicle,) with the of shout one mile, which General Slocum’s destroyed, after leaving the main army, in route for the east side of Yellow river. From to Alcova bridge the road is completely From the Alcova down to Oconee it is tapped occasionally, and can be easily repaired.