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1864 July 23: Sherman Crosses the Chattahoochee, and Other War News

July 25, 2014

The following news from General William T. Sherman’s army in Georgia, and other tidbits of war-related news, is from the July 23, 1864, issue of The Polk County Post.



The Nashville “Union” of yesterday announced that Sherman’s army is now under the walls of Atlanta.


A dispatch read last night announces Sherman’s army within six miles of Atlanta.


The Nashville “Union” says dispatches have been received that Sherman had crossed the Chattahoochie [sic] and that his advance Tuesday last was within three miles of Atlanta.


The latest news from Gen. Sherman is as follows:


The rebels burned the Railroad and common bridges across the Chattahoochie [sic] river yesterday.  Sherman crossed above and below the bridges and effected a secure lodgement on the south bank.  The rebels have abandoned their strong fortifications on the Chattahoochie [sic], they being again effectually flanked.  It is uncertain in which direction they have gone.  Our communications are in a favorable condition.


A passenger in a steamer from New Orleans says he was detained 36 hours, towing gunboat Mound City to White river.  The gunboat Benton was waiting for a steamer to tow her to the same place.  The gunboats were ordered to White river to reduce the rebel batteries at the cutoff.  All quiet along the river.

The 19th army corps was embarking on steamers, it is supposed for Fortress Monroe.

NEW YORK, July 14.

Hon. James T. Brady, a distinguished Democratic lawyer and politician of New York, in a late speech said: “Much has been said, too, about usurpations of power; but where in history will you find a war against rebellion conducted with such moderation?”  This is rather different from the usual copperhead outcry.

The Cherbourg correspondent of the London Daily “News” thus disposes the mean effort of the British Tories &c., to diminish our naval victory.  The Kearsage is spoken of as being ironclad; she was no more iron-clad than the Alabama might have been had they taken the precaution.  She simply had a double row of chains hanging over her sides to protect her machinery.

The Cincinnati “Commercial” says an Englishman, who was abusing this country, in that city, the other day—boasting of his British blood, and insulting American citizens—was handsomely knocked down and thoroughly thrashed.  The Dayton “Empire” heard of the circumstance, and mourns over the depravity in Cincinnati; that countenances an American citizen whipping a British blackguard.  An American Tory, of the Empire stripe, of course, is full sympathy with British Tories.

Platte City, Mo., has been captured by a band of some 200 bushwhackers, who say they expect speedy aid from Quantrel [sic: William C. Quantrill].

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