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August 31, 1864, Today in U.S. Civil War History Union General William T. Sherman defeated Confederate troops and secured Atlanta, Georgia, at the Battle of Jonesboro. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/-Georgiann-baldino

31 August - 1 September 1864 - Battle of Jonesborough (Jonesboro, Georgia) - Casualties: 3,149 = 1,149 Union / 2,000 Confederate - Defense fortifications