Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Kennesaw Mountain, north of Atlanta.
The Atlanta Campaign started here.
It was a swelteringly hot and clear Monday, June 27, 1864, when some of the heaviest fighting of the Atlanta Campaign occurred here. Preserved are historic earthworks, cannon emplacements and monuments. Interpreted in the park are the historic events where more than 5,350 soldiers were killed in the battle fought here from June 19, 1864 through July 2, 1864, according to the National Park Service. From here, Union troops under Gen. William T. Sherman headed toward Atlanta, fighting the Battle of Peachtree Creek, in the Piedmont Hospital area, on July 20, two days before the Battle of Atlanta, which occurred in an area east of the city, near Decatur.
Photo by Stuart Hendrick
Monday, August 24, 2009
First published June 1, 1849, The Daily Intelligencer was Atlanta’s first successful daily newspaper. During the Civil War, it had trouble finding paper after Union troops burned large paper mills at Sope Creek, in what is now known as East Cobb County, northwest of Atlanta. The ruins are quite impressive. The Intelligencer was purchased by Jared Whitaker, who briefly moved it to Macon before returning to Atlanta. It survived the Civil War. According to the late Franklin Garrett, Atlanta’s famed historian, the editor of the paper was John Steele, from 1860 until his death in January 1871. Evan Howell, who in some accounts is described as “Capt. Evan Howell,” was its city editor starting in 1868. This apparently was long before the phenomenon of multiple layers of editors, sub-editors, woofers and tweeters. The Atlanta History Center has some detailed information on the Intelligencer, which will be posted here as I have the chance to find it. The photo here was supposedly taken just a few days before the city was torched by that swine Sherman. Note the Union soldiers on the tops of train cars in the background, and the tents near what is now, I believe, the area of the state Capitol. More later…