Remembering the Battle of Atlanta
Calvin E. Johnson Jr.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
July marks the145th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta that marked the beginning of the end of the Southern people’s quest for independence.
Are today’s children taught about the War Between the States Battle’s of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Jonesboro, Fredericksburg, Pea Ridge, Vicksburg, Kennesaw Mountain, Nashville and Atlanta that ultimately led to Gen. Sherman’s March to the Sea?
Did you know that Confederate Brigadier Gen. Stand Watie, an American Indian, held the highest rank on either side, Union or Confederate, or that Black Confederates helped defend Atlanta and are buried on the grounds of a famous Atlanta Black University?
In July, 1864, a free-black man, Soloman (Sam) Luckie, was leaning against a gas lamp post in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta barber was talking to a group of businessmen when a cannon shell burst wounded him. The white businessmen took him to their surgeon where he died from the wounds. Luckie may have been one of the first casualties of General Sherman’s assault on Atlanta. A street was later named in his memory
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