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This Day in Georgia History

August 11, 1864

Union Regiment Completed Service

During the siege of Atlanta, Sherman lost a regiment on this day - but not due to battle. Rather, the three-year term of enlistment for the 1st Regiment of the East Tennessee Infantry was about to end. Members of this unit had been the first secession opponents in eastern Tennessee to volunteer for the Union Army in Aug. 1861. Gen. Schofield, commander of the Army of the Ohio, issued a special order commending the 1st Regiment for its faithful service and directing it members to travel by rail to Knoxville, Tenn., where they would be mustered out of service.