150 years ago today, troops under the command of William Tecumseh Sherman undertook the major portion of the burning of Atlanta. The real story around this event is quite complicated, but it was November 15, 1864 that the major conflagration began. He then proceeded to take the reality of war to the plantation owners of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina before they finally gave up on their treasonous war to defend slavery the next spring.
…See also this piece about how Georgia is moving to a less offensive official public remembrance of Sherman, making neo-Confederates cry. So sad.