Today in History–September 1–the Library of Congress features the fall of Atlanta. On this date in 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood evacuated and left the city in Union hands. The capture of this crucial Confederate supply center by William T. Sherman helped ensure the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln two months later. Find out more about the events preceding and following the fall of Atlanta by visiting the Today in History section, the click the links below to access related resources.
Confederate General John B. Hood leads Army of Tennessee out of Alabama toward Nashville from America’s Library
General Hood from Lee and His Generals by Capt. Wm. P. Snow 1867
The Fall of Atlanta – An Historical and Military Drama in Five Acts by G.M. Connell 1885
The United States Civil War: The Atlanta Campaign Using Chronicling America for Historical Research webinar recording
A woman’s wartime journal; an account of the passage over a Georgia plantation of Sherman’s army on the march to the sea as recorded in the diary of Dolly Sumner Lunt 1918