The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea (HMAJG)

Location: Rutledge, GA 30663 Morgan County
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N 33° 37.35', W 83° 36.774'

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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 through Decatur, the 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A. S. Williams, USA, taking the road to Social Circle (7 miles NW) to strike the Georgia Railroad there and destroy it through Madison. On the night of the 17th, the 20th Corps camped NW of Social Circle near the Ulcofauhachee (Alcovy) River.

On the 18th, the railroad was destroyed from Social Circle to Madison (16 miles). Here at Rutledge, the depot, water tank, warehouses and other RR facilities were destroyed by the 28th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, those at Social Circle having been destroyed in July by Garrard's cavalry [US]. That night, the 20th Corps camped with its leading division (Geary's) two miles west of Madison, on the railroad, from which point it marched next day to destroy the bridges over the Oconee River. Between Atlanta and Milledgeville, the movements of the Left Wing were almost unopposed, the few Confederate troops available being employed against the Right Wing to protect Macon, a principal arsenal center, and the Central of Georgia Railway
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number104-10
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 7:40am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 257609 N 3723362
Decimal Degrees33.62250000, -83.61290000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 37.35', W 83° 36.774'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 37' 21.00" N, 83° 36' 46.44" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 183 Newborn Rd, Rutledge GA 30663, US
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