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Had Atlanta's name not been changed twice, you might be sending post cards home with the return address Terminus, GA or Marthasville, GA on them. Laid out in 1837, the town folks didn't decide on the current name until 1845. Because of its importance as a Confederate supply depot, General William Tecumseh Sherman was determined to take Atlanta and he did just that on September 1, 1864. About six weeks later, ready to move on, he set the city on fire, burning most of it to the ground. But the local folks weren't going to let a few cinders and ashes stand in their way, so they rolled up their shirt sleeves and quickly rebuilt their town.
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