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In Their Own Words

September 03, 1864

Sherman Issued Orders, Sent Telegram to Washington

From near Lovejoy’s Station, General William T. Sherman sent the following telegram to he commander of the 20th Corps in Atlanta.

“Move all the stores forward from Allatoona and Marietta to Atlanta. Take possession of all good buildings for Government purposes, and see they are not used as quarters. Advise the people to quit now. There can be no trade or commerce now until the war is over. Let Union families go to the North with their effects, and secesh families move on. All cotton is tainted with treason, and no title in it will be respected.”

Sherman then sent a telegram to Washington, D.C. simply stating:

“Atlanta is ours and fairly won.”