Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome W. Todd Groce, Ph.D., president and C.E.O. of the Georgia Historical Society, based in Savannah. Todd was kind enough to share with us a little treasure from the GHS’s incredible collection.
This morning I came across in the photo collection of the Georgia Historical Society a stereoview of Atlanta taken c. 1875 looking east toward Stone Mountain:
Here’s a look at the reverse side:
Note that on the back it says the “entire business part destroyed by fire” (emphasis added). Not the entire city. This corresponds with the latest estimate by historians that only about 40 percent of the city was destroyed by Sherman. It is also evidence that, before the Lost Cause turned Sherman into a villain, Southerners were willing to admit the limited nature of his destruction.
Photo courtesy of: Palmer, J. A. “View from the Capitol Showing Stone Mountain.” Georgia Historical Society stereograph collection, GHS 1361-SG, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.