The Evacuation of Atlanta - Atlanta GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 33° 44.957 W 084° 23.324
16S E 741883 N 3737421
Quick Description: On July 30, 1864, General Hood, retaining Stewart´s corps in Atlanta, sent Hardee and Lee to Jonesboro to dispossess the enemy whose seizure of the railway at this point was ominous of the approaching end.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 10/30/2020 9:27:46 AM
Waymark Code: WM13B5N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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The Evacuation of Atlanta-On July 30, 1864, General Hood, retaining Stewart´s corps in Atlanta, sent Hardee and Lee to Jonesboro to dispossess the enemy whose seizure of the railway at this point was ominous of the approaching end, since it threatened communication on the South. The fate of Atlanta depended upon this final phase of the campaign. In the event of failure, Lee was ordered to return in the direction of Atlanta, so as to cover the city´s evacuation.

Though a heavy loss was inflicted upon the federals at Jonesboro, the attack failed. Out of the two Corps engaged in this action, on the Confederate side, there were only 1,400 killed and wounded, but the loss of Jonesboro necessitated the evacuation of Atlanta, and with the fall of the Confederate Citadel fell the Confederacy itself. Its effect upon the political situation at the North was pronounced. Eight months later came Greensboro and Appomattox. The total losses sustained in the engagements around Atlanta were estimated by Hood at 5,247 men.

On September 2, 1864 General Sherman took possession and having issued his merciless order to the inhabitants. Within a few days thereafter, he reduced the city to ashes.

LOCATION: Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Street SW and Martin Luther King Jr Drive SW, on the left when traveling south. Located on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol. Marker is at or near this postal address: 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta GA 30334, United States of America.
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