If you've ever seen the film "Gone With the Wind" (you have seen it, haven't you?), one of the most famous scenes is of the city of Atlanta, engulfed in flames, burned by the Union army. The actual "burning of Atlanta" was ordered by Union General Sherman, on this date, in 1864 - 150 years ago. The burning commenced a few days later, as Sherman and 67,000 troops left for his "March to the Sea", an operation that got pretty ugly - which was part of the plan. But, it was General William Tecumseh Sherman who actually said, "War is hell".

Here's more info on the burning of Atlanta from HISTORY.com



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