End of the Atlanta Campaign


Sergeant Major
Annual Winner
Oct 4, 2013
Cobb's Legion Country - Bowdon, Ga.
Tonight marks the end of the military action of the Atlanta Campaign.

Right about now, 150 years ago, the Confederates had restored their line at Jonesboro but the Federals have control of the Macon & Atlantic RR. They have began destroying the track.

Tonight Hardee's Corps will be in Lovejoy, 6 miles below Jonesboro.
Lee's Corps will be somewhere in between Jonesboro and Atlanta.
Stewart's Corps is alone manning the fortifications around Atlanta.

Hood's army is strong when united but as separate factions they would be easy pickings for the Federal juggernaut. Due to this as well as the last RR into Atlanta being cut, Hood orders evacuation.

Stewart and Lee will head south in an attempt to rejoin Hardee. In an instance where Sherman could have pressed on he had O.O. Howard's army poised to destroy Hardee but hesitated saying, "I was satisfied with the substantial progress already gained."

Late tonight Confederate cavalry will blow up 81 rail cars filled with rations, ordinance, and powder.

Expired Image Removed

This famous image captures the remains of the train that was destroyed.
This image is what was fictionalized in Gone With the Wind.

Tomorrow morning Mayor John Calhoun with several prominent citizens gathered to discuss what course of action was best. They decided they would ride as a party out Marietta Street to surrender the city. They hoped to find Sherman himself, but would not as he was with the army in Jonesboro. The party set out and passed the destroyed houses that lined Marietta St. They passed the Ponder House and Fort Hood, both seen prominently in the pictures on this site for the past few months. Just past Fort Hood they saw Federal soldiers approaching. General Slocum had watched the terrific explosions the night before and had correctly guessed that Hood was evacuating. He sent scouting parties forward at first light. The Federals the party met were from the 70th Indiana Infantry commanded by Captain H. Scott. Coming up behind the 70th In. was Colonel John Coburn with his brigade. Coburn told Mayor Calhoun to write his desire to surrender the town and it would be sent back.
He wrote,
"Sir: The fortune of war has placed Atlanta in your hands. As mayor of the city I ask protection to non-combatants and private property."
James M. Calhoun
Mayor of Atlanta


At noon Federal soldiers had moved into the town