The Savannah Road

The Savannah Road (HM2CMX)

Location: Midville, GA 30441 Emanuel County
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N 32° 47.848', W 82° 19.952'

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Camp in the Pine Barrens

—March to the Sea Heritage Trail —

On Monday, November 28, 1864, while elements of the Federal 20th Corps were destroying sections of the Central Railroad of Georgia at Bartow (aka Speir's Turnout), Major General William T. Sherman was traveling with his army's 17th Corps led by Major General Francis P. Blair, Jr. After camping that night at New Hope Methodist Church, Sherman and the 17th Corps marched past Tarver's Mill and just south of Bartow the following day along the Savannah road.

General Sherman and the 17th Corps marched a total of seventeen miles on the 29th, stopping in a forest of tall pines. The camps of the nearly 12,000 Federal soldiers stretched for about two miles along the Savannah road, mostly on its north side for easier access to nearby Rocky Creek.

Major Henry Hitchcock, an officer on Sherman's staff, kept a diary during the march to the sea. On the night of November 29th he wrote, "The perfection of this campaign just now consists in our marching through this 'pine barrens' country: good (sandy) roads, fine pure air, no difficult hills, [wagon] trains well up, forage of every kind in super-abundance, and our camp tonight superb. Tents are pitched in open space in fine grove of large pine trees, no undergrowth, water convenient, clear, and good (as is all the water in this region, even the swamps and ponds)-in our rear, say

100 feet from the tents a dense growth of young pines, just the place to picket horses the ground covered thick and soft with pine stew' and 'wire grass,—so soft that while tents were being pitched...I lay down on it as on a bed and had a jolly nap."

The next morning, Wednesday, November 30th, the march continued east along the Savannah road.

[Photo captions]
Background: Sherman's Headquarters
Left bottom: "General Sherman's during March to the Sea" Sherman's headquarters camp the night of
November 29, 1864 along the Savannah road
Right top: Approximate routes of the "March to the Sea" through coastal Georgia in November & December 1864
Right bottom: Union Major General William T. Sherman issuing an order
Year Placed2018
Placed ByGeorgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 10:03pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 375231 N 3629620
Decimal Degrees32.79746667, -82.33253333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.848', W 82° 19.952'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 50.88" N, 82° 19' 57.12" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)478
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Old Savannah Rd, Midville GA 30441, US
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