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Oct 19

From the Archives: Civil War Letter

Oct 19th [1864]
Dear Julia. Since writing I have had the pleasure of seeing Gov Vance. he is here with all the Govs in secret conclave. some great thing is under way but no one seems to be wise enough to know their mission. I only had the pleasure of his company for a short time. I went down to day but thy [sic] was still in session. I will go down to night and if I cannot see him I will not bother myself to call again. he seemed very glad to see me. I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing Dr Roach but hope too in a few days. I hope my papers will all come back properly signed in a few days  and if I succeed I will get a 60 days Furlough to go home to await orders from the A. + I. Genl. I think I have gained the friendship + confidence of my ward Surgeon and if he continues in charge of this ward untill [sic] my papers come he will be of great advantage to me. Cousin Baxter McLain is here has a store he invited + took Gov. V. to tea last night but I was only a soldier and consequently got no invitation so wags the world. tell Allen that I recvd [sic] his letter + am much obliged to him for the interest he has taken in my welfare and so soon as I can see Dr Roach I will advise him of progerss [sic].
I would be so rejoiced to get to stay at home this winter and perhaps I might be able to provide something for you and the little ones, besides the pleasure of being at home, and as you will need proper care this winter I am anxious to be with you to render your situation as agreeable as possable [sic]. please let me hear from you as often as possable [sic]. Give my love to Allen + Adeline + all the children. my best respects to all inquireing [sic] friends Kiss the children I will close. as ever your affectionate Husband.
                    John
I send you a piece paper. also fifty Doll [sic] bill. if that goes well I will send you $25 in next.

Oct 18

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View of men and elephants unloading trailers for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus Combined Shows in Atlanta, GA. October 18, 1942

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Oct 17

From the Archives: Civil War Letter

Blackie Hospital War C
Augusta Ga. Oct 17th 1864
My Dear Wife
    Your highly interesting + very welcome letter of the 12th was received Saturday morning. I was so glad to hear from you being the first line or word I had received since I left you. I have sent up my Papers for Retirement. it will be some time before I hear from them. in the mean time I will state that I received a letter from Brother Ammen to day that was brought by Dr. Roach. I was absent when he came in and did not get to see him. I intend to hunt him up + if Capt Simmons makes application for me I will see Dr Road + go before the Board at its 1st meeting. I was with Dr Roach at Macon and I suppose this Gentleman is the same. he is a nice man + he told Brother Allen he would do all he could for me, and if so I am sure of being retired or placed on light duty as the Dr Roach that I saw at Macon is very influential Surgeon and I suppose he is the same as I feel quite hopeful this evening. I have seen two Officers recently get retired that had Chronic Rhumatism [sic]. So I will try + get with Capt Simmons and if my papers come back approved I can go before the Board at that place. I have felt some better for a few days but feel rather poorly this evening. I called on G. W. Ferry Saturday and he told me he would examine his receipts and if my notes was all right he would pay it. I told him is I was out of funds and would be under many obligations to get the money. he said I should have money if I was out. I told him to hold untill [sic] he examined + if their was any due me I could then receive it but he would not be put off + would have me to take $100 – and would not even take a due bill. it was very Kind in him. I think I will send you a portion of it but I am a little fearful of haveing [sic] it lost. I was so glad to hear that you was all well. I would be pleased to be to see you all. I want to see if you are getting very fleshy. I have not seen you fleshy so long that I have a great curiosity to see you. I have not received your letter that was directed to Columbus yet. I believe I have given you all news of my-self. I did intend to send this letter this evening but I believe I will now wait untill [sic] I can see Dr Roach. I hear it rumored that he will take charge of this ward + the Board meets next Friday and if he thinks it advisable I will then go before the board for light duty and get my documents and march off immediately to Anderson. how thankful I would be if I could succeed. then I could be with loved ones at home and get out of this awful Prison or Hospital as it is called and by manageing [sic] well I might be able to stay all this winter. what a comfort what a pleasure to get to remain in a House this winter and better far better to be with my Family to be with my good little Wife the best friend I have in this world.

1954 view of the Darlington Apartments on Peachtree Street.
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1954 view of the Darlington Apartments on Peachtree Street.
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Oct 16

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Oakland Cemetery, c. 1916

Looking for Halloween costume tips? Don’t be this guy.

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Atlanta Vice Mayor Maynard Jackson campaigning downtown for mayor on election day 1973.

The mayoral election of 1973 came down to a run-off held on October 16th. That evening Maynard Jackson became Atlanta’s first African American mayor - winning with 59% of the votes.

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Oct 15

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Photo taken for Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s fashion section. 1954

Just strutting down the street in downtown Atlanta. Yeah, the ladies took notice. 

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Oct 14

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The Terraces

Union generals select from the finest homes in Atlanta for their headquarters - all left vacant. General John White Geary, an ardent abolitionist, moves into a huge mansion called The Terraces. It is the home of a successful businessman Edward Rawson. A native of Vermont, he is one of Atlanta’s secret Union sympathizers.

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Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta History Center commemorate the 150th anniversary of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s 1864 march into Georgia with the original series, “37 Weeks: Sherman on the March.”

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January 31, 1966, (Left to right) unidentified man, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Coretta Scott King, and Juanita Abernathy with unidentified residents of Vine City neighborhood in Atlanta while protesting the substandard housing in that area.

On October 14, 1964, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He received the award for his commitment to nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement and his leadership of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

See his acceptance speech, given on December 10, 1964 in Olso, Norway, on the Official Nobel Peace Prize website: http://bit.ly/ZBnJKC

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Oct 13

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View of cheerleaders and football players running onto the field before a football game between the University of Tennessee and Georgia Institute of Technology at Grant Field. c. 1966

Georgia School of Technology was founded on October 13, 1885. Sixty-three years later it became the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Oct 12

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Excited about new microfilm readers in the AHC’s research facilities! It’s a history nerd thing. You wouldn’t understand. … or maybe you would.

From the Archives: Civil War Letter

Anderson Oct 12 1864
My Dear Husband
    This is the third time I have written to you and yet you have not heard from me yet I replied to your first + sent it to the Regt thinking you would be there by the time it got there. I next wrote to Columbia and I suppose it arrived there about the time you left. Your letters were five days coming from Columbia and I suppose mine were the same going to you which accounts for you not hearing from me sooner. I wrote you in my last that I was alone. Ma went to Salisbury last Monday week with Allen who was called to Raleigh on business. I have not heard from her yet. I also told you that Allen said he would talk to the Gov. for you. he has returned + says Vance says he can not detail you or do you any good in any way. there are a great many applications of like character and they are letting none except on surgeons certificate. [page torn] said there would be no difficulty in your getting a situation if you can [page torn] certificate. Certainly who did not know that + I would not ask Gov Vance nor any other Gov to do anything for me if I could get a certificate for I would then be safe. I will see if Allen will call on Capt Simmons today + write you the result of the interview. You get a certificate if you can + you will be right any where. one thing I do not care about your getting in here yet until we determine whether we will stay here or not. I think when I hear from Ma I will know something of her intentions as she has had time enough to fin out what she can do there. I am looking for a letter every night and if we go there or anywhere else I would like for you to be as near as possible. I fear Mounts resignation will be in your way for Coleman will do all he can for him + nothing for you as I told you in my last Joe said he would not even read your letter, but if you can get a certificate from the surgeons you need not ask him any odds. I suppose Mount intends to beat you in getting out. one thing sure I would never go back to the regt again. Your success depends on a surgeons certificate so now my dear husband try your best to procure one. if one board will not give one try another + another until you do get one.  I am very sorry indeed to see that you are so low spirited in regard to our condition. true it is a critical one and if we do not get into some business soon we will be flat but do not dear Johny loose all hope. do not look on the dark side all the time. every cloud has a silver lining + who knows we may soon see that silver lining in all its beauty. put your trust in God. commit your cause into his hands who doeth all things well. The Bible says “I once was young but now I am old yet never have I saw the righteous forsaken nor their seed begging bread” can you not claim this promise. can you not derive consolation from its teachings. Cheer up my dearest + best of husbands. we are not suffering yet + I pray God we may not + let us in the mean time use all our exertions to prevent such a calamity. Anna + Becky are well Charlie + Hattie too. Adelines family also except Bobby who has been very badly poisoned but us better. My health is good. I think I am gaining in flesh some. I still try to learn Charlie his book + also try to instruct him in other things. how glad I would be if you were at home to assist me for truly do I feel incapability. I gave you an account of the doings in Cherolee in my last. The murder of the three Gentrys [sic] by Southern men or those pretending such + now in retaleation [sic] or just because they wanted to the bushwhackers have [torn page] Georga Hayes. We have not yet heard where it was done. Adeline thinks [torn page] his personal enemies who did it. I had a letter from Jane this morning written the 19th of Sept. they were well but were in constant fear of the bushwhackers. she said if they were permitted to keep what they had she would divide with us, but said the soldiers were eating up the apples now. I fear that they will wait so long that they will eat other things too + they will have none to divide. did not say when they would come down with the wagon. she sent Hattie enough cotton to make a dress. I do not know what to say about that cloth you need it so bad. perhaps you could buy from the state. Theodore got a suit + gave $15.00 pr yd. perhaps if you will state your case you can get more. I wold [sic] try any how. Allen has let me have a bunch of thread + I will have it wove with Adelines. it is already dyed. Well Johny as I wrote you a long letter to Columbus + I suppose you will get it I will not write much now. I am glad to hear that they are hopeful about Hood. Allen says they are not where he was. Mr Parrott is in Atlanta. I received a letter from Jennie which was brought out by some one coming south. she did not write as satisfactory as I wished. did not give me the particulars as to how he was permitted to remain. they intend to stay there this winter if they can. some Yankee has offered his business what kind I do not know. had been treated very well indeed spoke vry [sic] well of the Yankees. Is Mr Sasseen in Augusta did they say had received my letter. I suppose they are very proud of that boy. I guess he will be spirited. We have had some very cool weather. I thought of you + wondered if you were not needing an overcoat or your flannel. families continue to come in from Ga.  some go on. I must close so this can be mailed this evening. Write soon. I would write more but I wrote you a long letter to Columbus + I will write more next time. hoping to hear from you soon I will close. Your ever devoted wife
                            Julia D
Do not fail to endeavor to get that certificate from the surgeons. it is your only safety I suppose. I received your last letter last night. Excuse my paper you know I am out + my writing has been done in a hurry.
The little fellow has got to kicking seems quite feeble.  Will be stronger after a while I suppose.  

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In addition to being a wonderfully talented author, Margaret Mitchell also donated her time and money to several worthy causes. During WWII she worked with the American Red Cross. She is pictured here in her Red Cross uniform. c. 1943

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Oct 11

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View of pilot Charles Lindbergh in a car with an unidentified military officer at Candler Field

On October 11, 1927 Charles Lindbergh landed The Spirit of St. Louis at Candler Field just months after having completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic. Lindbergh then paraded through downtown, where thousands gathered to catch a glimpse of the famous pilot.

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Oct 10

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"The House of Bargains" - the 1940s version of the dollar store? All about that deal!

c. 1940 - View of a commercial section of Decatur Street and Bell Street near downtown Atlanta. Later cleared to build Grady Homes. 

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