“The last train for the north leaves here tomorrow morning, Our soldiers are scattered along the railroad as hundred miles north, and as soon as that train passes, the work of destruction will commence. The railroad will be completely destroyed and every bridge burned. Then both armies (the armies of the Tennessee and Georgia) will assemble here, and after destroying the city will commence the march. I fear their track will be one of desolation.” -- Major General Henry Slocum, Federal Commander of the 20th Corps.
A. A. Hoehling, former newspaperman and editor, most recently was an editor with the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress and director of a book program of the Army Times Publishing Company. He is the author of twenty-six books.