Atlanta in the 21st Century

In 1861, the beginning of the Civil War, Atlanta had a population of 9,000.  Its location at the crossroads of two major railroads made it an important city for the Confederacy to hold on to.  Which they did until the end of a four-month siege, the Battle of Atlanta, when on September 1, 1864, General John Bell Hood retreated laying the city open to General William Tecumseh Sherman. On November 11, 1864, Sherman, starting his march to Savannah gave the order to burn Atlanta to the ground. More