Commonly referred to as a city rebuilt from the ashes, Atlanta has a rich history in the South. During the Civil War, on November 15, 1864, General William Sherman burned Atlanta to the ground, destroying the Confederacy’s Southern rail lines and helping to end the war.
What many may not know is that Atlanta is the only city in North America to be burned as an act of war. Sherman annihilated nearly 3,000 buildings, leaving around 400 still standing. Atlanta’s symbol became the phoenix, a mythical creature known for burning itself and rising from the ashes to live again.
— Katie Connor, 360 Media, Inc.