View of a drawing of the Atlanta City Seal depicting the Phoenix and reads, "Resurgens/ 1841/1865/ Atlanta, GA." The City Seal of Atlanta depicts the mythological bird, the Phoenix, who is cyclically reborn from ashes. This symbolizes the rebuilding of the city after it was burned and destroyed by war. The date depicted, 1847, is the date Atlanta was first incorporated. The date 1865 signifies the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the new Atlanta. Resurgens is Latin for "rising again."