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In 1864, Georgia was home to the South’s most essential war industries. Hundreds of factories far from the front and safe from attack produced everything from guns, swords and bullets, to beltplates and cartridge boxes. Many of the factories were located in Atlanta, and nearly all of it was moved by rail through Atlanta. “We have been fighting Atlanta all of the time,” Sherman complained, “…capturing guns, and wagons, marked ATLANTA.” That’s why Sherman came to Georgia, and why Atlanta was his target.
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.”
Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell christened the U.S.S. Atlanta with this champagne bottle on September 6, 1941. Sponsored by Mitchell, the U.S.S. Atlanta sank in 1942 during the battles off Guadalcanal. The following January, Mitchell led war bond drives for funds to build a new Atlanta, raising $65 million in only sixty days. In February 1944, Mitchell christened the replacement U.S.S. Atlanta.
Playing basketball on a lot at 14th and Peachtree in Atlanta in 1902.
Left to right: (front row) Julia Porter, May DuBignon, and Josie Stockdell; (middle row) Florence Jackson, Nan DuBignon, Louise Black, Mary Ann Phelan, and Estelle Stewart; (back row) Sarah Calhoun, Louise Gay, Daisy Stewart, Anita Black, Ada Alexander, and Cordelia Gray.
April 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s 1864 march into Georgia. Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta History Center are commemorating this event with the launch of a new original series, “37 Weeks: Sherman on the March.”
Each of the 90-second “37 Weeks” segments will air multiple times on GPB’s television and radio platforms during the week paralleling the same week in Shermanʼs campaign and tell a story that brings an understanding to the human dimension of war. What did it feel like when Shermanʼs army - 100 thousand strong - was bearing down on your city? What was motivating Shermanʼs fateful decisions? What was it like for the foot solider on either side of the battlefield? What were some of those twists of fate or ironic moments that war inevitably produces? These are among the stories “37 Weeks” will explore.