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This Day in Georgia History

January 31, 1879

Sherman Visited Atlanta

On the third day of his visit to the city he had burned 15 years earlier, former Union general William T. Sherman went to the Kimball Opera House, which served as Georgia’s state capitol. Here, he paid his respects to Gov. Alfred Colquitt and took a tour of the statehouse. That afternoon, Sherman and his party departed Atlanta by rail for Savannah.