Description: This 1864 letter was written by a Union soldier a few days after the Union occupation of Atlanta, Georgia, on September 5, 1864. The soldier observes with dark humor that Atlanta “has been a beautiful place previously but it is astonishing to see what ventilation our old 64th Parrots have given the houses on the North and West side of the town.” The letter is just signed Orwin, and isprobably Orwin Bly of the 137th Regiment, New York Infantry, whose regiment was present during the siege of Atlanta.
The Battle of Atlanta was fought on July 21, 1864, though the city did not fall until September 2nd after a siege by the Union army led by William Tecumseh Sherman. The fall of Atlanta held political ramifications for the South in the 1864 election, specifically due to the extensive reporting by Northern newspapers that covered Confederate General John Bell Hood’s burning of military facilities as he fled the city. The Union victory bolstered morale in the North and Lincoln was re-elected by a landslide.
Written on two sides of a sheet of paper that measures 12” x 7 ¾”. Item #AM00216.
Condition: Fold lines, some scattered spots and toning, generally good condition and quite readable.