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In Their Own Words

September 08, 1864

Hood Responded to Sherman

In Atlanta, Gen. William T. Sherman received a letter from Confederate commander John Bell Hood stating that he had no alternative but to cooperate in the removal of Atlanta citizens to Rough and Ready. Hood then added in his letter:

“And now sir, permit me to say that the unprecedented measure you propose transcends, in studied and ingenious cruelty, all acts ever before brought to my attention in the dark history of this war. In the name of God and humanity I protest, and believe you will find yourself wrong in thus expelling from their homes and firesides the wives and children of a brave people.”