This Day in Georgia Civil War History
July 09, 1864
Newspaper Correspondent Offered Futile Hope of Turning Sherman Back
The Southern Confederacy of Atlanta printed a report from a correspondent with the army; he still felt confident the Union forces would be turned back at the Chattahoochee River, comparing the situation to when Union General George McClellan had proclaimed “On to Richmond” years earlier, only to be turned back by Confederate troops then under General Joseph E. Johnston, now defending Atlanta. The writer futilely thought Sherman’s “On to Atlanta” would be repulsed as well.