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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 27, 1864

Richmond Newspaper Printed Reports from Atlanta

The Richmond Times Dispatch printed the following report from Atlanta; it seems that Sherman was already building a nasty reputation in the Southern press. It would get much worse.

From Georgia. Atlanta, July 25. –The enemy made an attempt last night to break our lines, but was repulsed by Cheatham after a conflict of one hour. During the day quiet prevailed around the city, the only demonstration being occasional picket firing. At midday to-day the Yankees opened with shell again upon the city, shelling it one hour with some vigor. No notice of his intention to shell the city was given to enable the women and children to be removed to places of safety. His barbarous violations of the usages of civilized warfare only enabled him to murder a few non-combatants. Most of the shells come from 20 pounder parrot guns in position on the line of the Western Atlanta railroad, with occasional missiles from another gun east of the city. The gallant operations of Wednesday and Friday seem to have impressed the Yankees with a wholesome desire to strengthen their flanks, which they are now doing.–Their display of rocket signals has been brilliant, indicating some movement on their part. The following address to the troops was read this morning: Headq’rs army Tennessee, in the field, July 25. Soldiers: Experience has proved to you that safety in time of battle consists in getting into close quarters with the enemy.–Guns and colors are the only unerring indications of victory. The valor of troops is easily estimated, too, by the number of those received. If your enemy be allowed to continue the operation of flanking you out of position, our cause is in peril. Your recent brilliant success proves your ability to prevent it. You have but to will it, and God will grant us the victory which your commander and your country so confidently expect. (Signed) J. B. Hood, General. Brig. Gen. F. A. Shoup has been appointed Chief of Staff of this army to-day.