Posts Tagged: discovering atlanta

Discovering Atlanta: Confederate Currency

Many aspects of the Civil War which didn’t necessarily occur directly in Atlanta or even in Georgia, had a direct impact on Atlanta’s citizens. When the South seceded from the Union, it almost immediately fell into a financial crisis. Problems of inflation plagued the Confederacy throughout the war. There was not a great deal of…

Discovering Atlanta: Civil War Life for the City’s Young Women

Correspondence from Imogene Hoyle to Amaryllis Bomar, “Atlanta is very dull now.”, June 30, 1863, Bomar Family Papers   Share   Related Story: Discovering Atlanta  Related Links:  Bomar Family Papers Finding Aid Civil War Research Guide  Join the discussion While MARBL holds a significant amount of letters to and from soldiers in the Civil War between…

Discovering Atlanta: The Southern Confederacy

The Southern Confederacy, October 5, 1861   Share The Southern Confederacy was a newspaper published in Atlanta during the Civil War from 1861-1865. It was strongly Southern Democrat and functioned during the War as one of the main newspaper outlets in Atlanta, with the other being the Daily Intelligencer.  The original version of the Southern…

Discovering Atlanta: The Great Locomotive Chase!

by Sara Logue, Research and Public Services Archivist, MARBL It was around 1862 that both sides of the War Between the States began to realize it was not going to be the short, easy skirmish everyone originally hoped it would be. It was in April of that year that Union spies led by a Kentucky…

Discovering Atlanta: Slavery and Abolitionism, as Viewed by a Georgia Slave

by Sara Logue, Research and Public Services Archivist, MARBL For those of us who have not studied the Civil War in great detail, it may be surprising to learn that not all slaves were in favor of abolishing slavery. A deeper understanding of the ways of life in the mid-nineteenth century, and what freedom would…

Discovering Atlanta: The Atlanta Century

by Sara Logue, Research and Public Services Archivist, MARBL In 1960, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution took on an enormous project to offer the people of its city an engaging look back at the Civil War period. Heavily researched by Norman Shavin, The Atlanta Century is a collection of weekly newspaper mockups that appeared as a series…

Discovering Atlanta: Georgia Secedes

by Sara Logue, Research and Public Services Archivist, MARBL In the time leading up to the Civil War, the southern states were tasked with deciding how they were going to move forward after it was determined that Lincoln was to be the next President. South Carolina made the first move towards secession at the end…

Discovering Atlanta: On the Map!

by Sara Logue, Research and Public Services Archivist, MARBL Before I move into the Civil War period, I wanted to make sure readers of Discovering Atlanta had a good sense of what was going on in the decade before. It can be difficult to process just how small Atlanta was in the 1850s, and how…

Discovering Atlanta: The Methodist Civil War

While the little town of Atlanta was just on the verge of growing by leaps and bounds, rumblings of an approaching Civil War began to spread throughout Georgia. One of the great schisms of the Methodist Church occurred during the 1840s and directly involved the Emory community; in particular Rev. James Osgood Andrew, a Methodist…

Discovering Atlanta: Exploring Oakland Cemetery

by Sara Logue, Research and Public Service Archivist, MARBL Early on in Atlanta’s history, it was determined that the growing town was going to need a space to bury its citizens. In 1850, six acres of land were purchased and set aside for the purpose of a public cemetery. By 1867, however, the cemetery grew…

Discovering Atlanta: What’s In A Name?

by Sara Logue, Research and Public Services Archivist, MARBL When it was determined by the people of Georgia that a railroad was needed to connect them to the west, the Western and Atlantic Railroad was born and its terminating point became the city of Atlanta. Originally referred to as Terminus, this swiftly growing city soon…

Discovering Atlanta: Illustrated History of Atlanta

by Sara Logue, Research and Public Services Archivist, MARBL Being the newest member of the staff at the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL), and a recent transplant to Atlanta, I'm excited, and somewhat overwhelmed by, the amazing history of this city and the south as a whole. I'm originally from the northeast, and…