#80 City in Flames Atlanta, Georgia November 15, 1864

Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 15, 1864


One of the finest cities in the South, Atlanta was burned and destroyed by Northern troops, today. General Sherman had ordered the city evacuated of non-military personnel several months ago and since then the flow of the inhabitants from Atlanta has been continual. This afternoon Sherman ordered his men to burn Atlanta. Union soldiers carried huge torches through the city, setting afire the deserted homes and stores. Sherman watched from a hillside on the outskirts of the city as the flames devoured Atlanta. The Northern General hopes to break Georgia's spirit and will for war by destroying one of her most important cities. The people of the South have been shocked by the destruction of Atlanta.