|Example of Northern newspaper coverage of the Fall of Atlanta, summer 1864|
BEGINNING OF THE END--The American Civil War Battle for Atlanta was a pivotal summer long struggle, which began July 22, 1864 and ended on September 2, 1864 after a Union siege and various attempts to seize railroads and supply lines leading to Atlanta.
After defeating rebel troops led by Gen. John B . Hood, Union forces led by Gen. William T. Sherman headed south-southeastward toward Milledgeville, the State capital, and on to Savannah with the March to the Sea.
The fall of Atlanta was especially noteworthy for its political ramifications. In the 1864 election, former Union General George B. McClellan, a Democrat, ran against President Lincoln on a peace platform calling for truce with the Confederacy. The capture of Atlanta and Hood's burning of military facilities as he evacuated were extensively covered by Northern newspapers, significantly boosting Northern morale, and Lincoln was reelected by a large margin.—Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia.