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With cookie season upon us the Atlanta History pulled this box out from the collections. Camp Fire Girls in Atlanta began selling Thin Mints in the 1950s. Check out the ingredients list - holy sugar!

With cookie season upon us the Atlanta History pulled this box out from the collections. Camp Fire Girls in Atlanta began selling Thin Mints in the Check out the ingredients list - holy sugar!

Always good to revisit a classic! No matter how many times you've read it ...

Always good to revisit a classic!

They look so happy together ... well Charles does anyway.

They look so happy together . well Charles does anyway.

Anticipating Sherman’s arrival, Atlanta bookseller Samuel P. Richards writes that he and his wife “have about decided to stay at home, Yankees or no Yankees. We hear and read terrible tales of them, but I don’t think they are as bad as they are said to be.” #civilwar

Samuel P. Richards Anticipating Sherman’s arrival, Atlanta bookseller Samuel P. Richards writes that he and his wife “have about decided to stay at home, Yankees or no Yankees.

Civil War Hardtack This cracker was a Union soldier’s main ration. Popularly known as “sheet iron crackers,” they were notoriously difficult to bite into and chew. Unlike leavened bread, hardtack was quite durable and would keep for a veeeerrrry long time. This cracker was signed by two soldiers of the Eighth Pennsylvania Infantry and kept as a souvenir of their service.

Civil War Hardtack This cracker was a Union soldier’s main ration. Popularly known as “sheet iron crackers,” they were notoriously difficult to bite into and chew. Unlike leavened bread, hardtack was quite durable and would keep for a veeeerrrry long time. This cracker was signed by two soldiers of the Eighth Pennsylvania Infantry and kept as a souvenir of their service.

"I reckon Atlanta is near about burned up. All the rail cars that were there were set on fire as we were passing through. They were loaded with ammunition such as cartridges and shell. I thought I had heard a noise before but never anything to equal that. The noise continued all night. We could see the light of the fire at day-break this morning.” -A. T. Holliday, September 2, 1864

"I reckon Atlanta is near about burned up. All the rail cars that were there were set on fire as we were passing through. They were loaded with ammunition such as cartridges and shell. I thought I had heard a noise before but never anything to equal that. The noise continued all night. We could see the light of the fire at day-break this morning.” -A. T. Holliday, September 2, 1864

Atlanta's historic Swan House on a rainy morning.

Atlanta's historic Swan House on a rainy morning.

In 1864, George N. Barnard climbed into the cupola of the Atlanta Female Institute for this view of Atlanta looking southwest toward the center of the city. At the far left is the domed Atlanta Medical College with the Atlanta Machine Works visible above and to the right. Today, the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel near the corner of Ellis and Courtland Streets occupies the site of the Atlanta Female Institute. #atlanta #civilwar

TIL Doc Holliday's last words were "This is funny". He always figured he would be killed someday with his boots on and was looking at his bootless feet, amused, while a nurse attended to him and denied his request for a shot of whisky.

Built by planter and slave trader Ephraim G. Ponder, this house stood along Marietta Road.

Built by planter and slave trader Ephraim G. Ponder, this house stood along Marietta Road.

Historian Stephen Davis estimates that Union guns fired more than 100,000 shells into Atlanta during the summer of 1864.

Located on Forsyth Street (near the present site of the Garnett MARTA station) is the doorway to an underground bombproof shelter, one of dozens that Atlanta residents constructed in their backyards.

Margaret Mitchell hanging out with friends at Lake Burton. c. 1920

Margaret Mitchell hanging out with friends at Lake Burton. 1920 (I wonder if this is Rabun County's Lake Burton?

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