By Ann Boutwell


Sept. 6, 1941: After several postponements, the launch date was finally confirmed for the U.S.S. Atlanta.  Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, traveled to the Navy shipyards in Kearney, N.J., to christen the new cruiser. Mitchell said the christening was a great success after she hit the cruiser with her first swing.


Sept. 7, 1864: Gen. William T. Sherman established his headquarters in Atlanta for a stay of nearly two months. His first communication addressed to Gen. John B. Hood, commanding the Confederate Army, said: “I have deemed it to be for the interest of the United States, that the citizens now residing in Atlanta shall remove; those who prefer, to go south, the rest to go north.” Forced evacuation was begun.


Sept. 8, 1914: The dedication of the new Fulton County Courthouse (pictured), designed by A. Ten Eyck Brown and the firm of Morgan & Dillon, was held. The Atlanta Journal called it “the handsomest courthouse in the South.” The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 18, 1980.


Sept. 13, 2003: The Morningside Lenox Park Association celebrated the grand opening of its renovated Sidney Marcus Park at 786 Cumberland Road. The play area in the public park was made possible through donations from SawHorse Home Renovations, the Arthur Blank Foundation, Publix, MLPA and the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department. The park’s name honors Georgia legislator Sidney Marcus, who served in the General Assembly from 1968 until his death in 1983. He was also chairman of Fulton County delegation and an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Atlanta in 1981, defeated by Andrew Young.


Sept. 14, 1985: The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Piedmont Park dedicated the Garden House, its first permanent structure. Atlanta architect Anthony Ames modeled the $2 million, 24,000-square-feet building after the 16th century Villa Giulia in Rome.


Sept. 20, 2003: Items from the now-defunct Gold Club were placed on the block at the Four Seasons Auction Gallery. They included the club’s centerpiece – a gold sliding pole. During its heyday the club hosted many celebrities and star athletes.


Sept. 22, 2001: Dante’s Down the Hatch reopened in Buckhead after a fire almost destroyed the Peachtree Road landmark in February 2001. Owner of the jazz club Dante Stephenson said the blaze destroyed irreplaceable photos and documents.


Sept. 29, 1932: A monoplane was christened “Governor Roosevelt” at Candler Field, then departed on a tour of the South in the interest of the campaign of the New York governor for president. Today, Candler Field is the site of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.