The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea (HMAJF)

Location: Madison, GA 30650 Morgan County
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N 33° 35.514', W 83° 28.302'

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On Nov. 15, 1864, after destroying Atlanta and cutting his communications with the North, Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, USA, began his destructive campaign for Savannah — the March to the Sea. He divided his army [US] into two wings. The Right Wing marched south from Atlanta, to feint at Macon but to cross the Ocmulgee River above the city and concentrate at Gordon.

The Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps), Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA, marched east to Decatur where the 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A. S. Williams, USA, took the road to Social circle (16 miles NW), striking the Georgia Railroad there and destroying it to Madison. At Rutledge, all railway facilities were destroyed late in July by Garrard's cavalry [US]. That night, the 20th Corps camped two miles west of Madison on the old Covington road.

On the 19th, Geary's division was detached to destroy the RR bridge over the Oconee River (13 miles E) and other bridges downriver toward Milledgeville. Jackson's division marched through town and camped four miles south on the Eatonton road. Ward's division destroyed the depot, water tank, warehouses, switching tracks, side-tracked cars and other railway facilities here in Madison, and quantities of cotton and army supplies.

This was Madison's second ordeal by fire, large stocks of army supplies and valuable industrial property having been burned by Adams? brigade (of Stoneman's cavalry) [US] on August 1st.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number104-8
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 1:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 270630 N 3719646
Decimal Degrees33.59190000, -83.47170000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 35.514', W 83° 28.302'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 35' 30.84" N, 83° 28' 18.12" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-432 S Main St, Madison GA 30650, US
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