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In Their Own Words

August 09, 1865

Civil War Destruction Noted in Diary

After spending almost a year in New York City, Atlanta merchant Samuel P. Richards returned home. On the final day of his train ride, Richard recorded in his diary:

“… Our ride today was a slow one through a desolated land. Every village and station we stopped at presented an array of ruined walls and chimneys standing useless and solitary, with no signs of returning life about them. Marietta, ever so pretty and prosperous, is now a desolate ruin, thanks to the destroying vandal W.T. Sherman… . .”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1954), p. 683.