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Robert E. Lee Portrait
"HISTORY BROUGHT AGAIN INTO THE
The value of "The Photographic Record as
history" is emphasized in the contribution from Mr. George Haven Putnam. This photograph of a dramatic scene was taken on a July day after the
photographer's own heart. The fort is at the end of Peach Tree
Street, Atlanta, to the north of the city.
Sherman had just taken possession,
and the man at the left is a cavalryman of his forces. The mire-caked wheels of
the guns show that they have been dragged through miles and miles of muddy
CONFEDERATE EARTHWORKS BEFORE
roads. The delays Sherman had met with in
his advance on Atlanta resulting in constant and indecisive fighting without
entrapping Johnston, had brought about a reaction at the North. A large party
wished to end the war. Election Day was approaching.
Lincoln was a presidential
candidate for the second time. He had many enemies. But the news of Sherman's
capture of Atlanta helped to restore confidence, and to insure the continuation
of the administration pledged to a vigorous prosecution of the war.