#70 The Sniper Haven Falls, Georgia July 15, 1864


Haven Falls, Ga. July 15, 1864

UNION SOLDIERS BURN SOUTHERN TOWN

A division of Northern soldiers completely wrecked and burned Haven Falls, a small town in Georgia this evening. Marching toward General Grant's Army, the Union men came upon the evacuated town by accident. Stealing whatever valuables they could find, the soldiers then set the town ablaze with huge torches. One of the town's citizens had not left and watched the proceedings in anger from a roof-top. Using his rifle, the sniper was able to pick off many of the invaders as they galloped through the street below him. Unable to spot their unseen assailant, the Union soldiers had to leave the town rather than risk being shot. The damage to Haven Falls had been done, however. So the town burned.