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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 04, 1864

Diary Entry on Yankees in Atlanta and Confederate Prisoners

An Atlanta man wrote in his diary his impressions of the Yankees occupying Atlanta, and of seeing Confederate prisoners being brought in to the city.

“It is strange to go about Atlanta now and see only Yankee uniforms. the City Hall is headquarters for the Provost Guard. The enemy behave themselves pretty well except in the scramble for liquor, during which every store in town nearly was broke into yesterday… .This afternoon three soldiers asked for dinner saying their rations had not come and they would pay for their dinner, so Sallie had some cooked for them. They belonged to Co. E 2nd Mass., Vols., but their chief spokesman was a Scotchman. They think McClellan will be the next president as he has been nominated by the Chicago Convention… . Returning home [after church] we heard that another big fight in Jonesboro had resulted disastrously to the Confederates, and in confirmation of this we saw 1800 ‘rebel prisoners’ marched into town. They filled the street from the [2nd] Baptist Church to Whitehall St. It was a sad sight but the Yankees cheered at it lustily of course.” Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), Vol. I, p. 637.