This Week in the Civil War - #909
On Friday, September 2, 1864 William Tecumseh Sherman informed the Union War Department in Washington, D.C. of the capitulation of Atlanta, Georgia. “Fairly won” read the short but triumphant message Sherman sent to Washington. In the early morning hours of September 2 Slocum’s Union corps had been the first to enter evacuated Atlanta, and Slocum immediately sent word to Sherman, who with his army was moving toward Lovejoy Station to attack Hood’s retreating Confederates. Sherman immediately withdrew his forces into Atlanta to reorganize, rest, and to plan. Sherman, Atlanta’s conqueror, now had to establish his control over Atlanta’s citizenry. John Bell Hood also utilized Sherman’s temporary withdrawal into Atlanta to rest and replenish his own beleaguered army, as he attempted to anticipate Sherman’s next move against the Confederate homeland.