#75 The Family Flees Atlanta, Georgia July 22, 1864


Atlanta, Ga. July 22, 1864

ATLANTA FAMILIES FLEE FLAMING CITY

With soldiers from the North at their front doors, families living in Atlanta have gathered whatever possessions they can carry and are fleeing for safety. Union soldiers have burnt down some valuable southern plantations on the outskirts of the city, forcing the families to fear for their lives. The roads are loaded with carts and horses as the people leave the battle area. Northern troops do not bother the citizens as they pass them on the roads. General Sherman has issued an order to the citizens of Atlanta, which commands them to evacuate the city. Hoping to crush Georgia's desire for war by breaking the spirit of the people, Sherman has made them homeless.