#74 Fighting for Victory Atlanta, Georgia July 22, 1864


Atlanta, Ga. July 22, 1864

ATLANTA FALLS INTO NORTHERN HANDS

Victory was in sight for the North as soon as the Union troops stormed into the city of Atlanta and battled the Confederate soldiers. General Hood was beaten back and the city fell into the hands of the North. Not giving up, Hood and his Rebel Army attacked from a different direction in an attempt to push General Sherman out of the city. The Union troops were ready for this attack and repulsed it. Again and again the Southern Army attacked, but each wave was turned back. General Sherman wired President Lincoln word of the victory. The White House received the news joyously and for the first time Lincoln had hopes of the war ending in the near future. During the battle, one of the North's finest officers, General McPherson was killed in action.