This Week in the Civil War - #961
In Georgia, destruction was the order of the day, as Union forces at Rome destroyed bridges, foundries, mills, warehouses, and other property of use to the Confederacy. The railroad in and around Atlanta and from Etowah to the Chattahoochee was order destroyed. Union troops from Kingston also destroyed the rails from Resaca northward toward Chattanooga, Tennessee. Many homes and public building were destroyed. In fact, the devastation would be so great that a visitor to current day Georgia who complements residents of that state for the beauty of older, preserved homes and buildings are thanked kindly by the residents who more often than not apologetically acknowledge that “Sherman did not visit this part of the state.” The very mention of Sherman’s name constitutes a painful reminder of Georgia’ past.