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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 15, 1864

Religious Fervor as Union Army Approached Atlanta

With General William T. Sherman’s army inexorably moving toward Atlanta, the Daily Intelligencer of that city noted an increase in religious fervor in the city.

“There seems to be an extraordinary interest exhibited in religious works at the present time. The First Baptist Church continues to be crowded night after night, and many persons are seeking the way to become Christians. At Wesley Chapel, the revival progresses with unabated zeal and interest, and accounts from various parts of the army state that our soldiers are enlisting in great numbers under the banner of the Most High.”