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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 10, 1864

Diary Entry on Alarm Caused by Approaching Union Army

An Atlanta man wrote in his diary of the alarm being caused by the approaching Union army.

“Sunday 10. This has been a sad day in our city, for it has been quite evident for some days past that there is a great probability of Atlanta falling into the hands of the enemy, and the city has been in a complete swarm all day and for several days. All the Govt sores and Hospitals are ordered away and of course the citizens are alarmed, and many have left and others are leaving… .” Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), p. 600.