Newspapers

Newspapers were the primary means civilians obtained military and political information during the nineteenth century.    The level of objective reporting is debatable as the newspapers represented their regional readership.  Researchers can gain considerable understanding of public opinion from the period and the progression of events as they unfolded.  It is important for readers to place themselves in the mindset of the period without the benefit of knowing the final outcome of the March to the Sea or the Presidential Election of 1864.

The New York Tribune and The Charleston Mercury are the two newspapers featured on this page.  Articles range from the early stages of the Presidential campaign and Sherman’s arrival in Georgia through the capture of Savannah.

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March 5, 1864

Charleston Mercury – “The Struggle of 1864″

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May 20, 1864

Charleston Mercury – “From the Georgia Front”

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July 14, 1864

Charleston Mercury -
“Governor Brown’s Proclamation to the People of Georgia”

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July 15, 1864

Charleston Mercury – “Affairs at Atlanta”

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July 16, 1864

The New York Herald -
“Arrival of the Union Army at the Defences of Atlanta”

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July 21, 1864

The New York Herald –
“The Georgia Campaign- Atlanta – Its Military Importance”

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July 21, 1864

The Charleston Mercury- “From the Army at Atlanta”

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July 23, 1864

The New York Herald – “Evacuation of Atlanta – Our Great Dangers”

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August 1, 1864

The Charleston Mercury- “The Yankee Raiders in Georgia”

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September 4, 1864

The New York Herald- “What Sherman Has Done”

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September 20, 1864

The Charleston Mercury – “The Policy of the Enemy”

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September 27, 1864

The New York Herald –
“Military Successes and Presidential Aspirants”

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November 11, 1864

The New York Herald- “Sherman’s Masterly Operation”

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November 11, 1864

The New York Herald-
“Our Financial Situation – First Duty of Our Re-Elected”

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November 15, 1864

The New York Herald – “General Sherman Again on the War Path”

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December 1, 1864

The New York Herald- “The Great Issue of Mr. Lincoln’s Re-Election”

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December 5, 1864

The New York Herald – “Sherman, The Devastation of Georgia”

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December 11, 1864

The New York Herald –
“The Barbarities of War- Push the War to an End, Mr. Lincoln”

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December 22, 1864

The New York Herald- “The Gallop Through Georgia”

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December 28, 1864

The New York Herald – “Sherman, The March Through Georgia”

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January 6, 1865

The Charleston Mercury- “Submission Movement in Savannah”

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