The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea (HMDHK)

Location: Covington, GA 30014 Newton County
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N 33° 36.18', W 83° 51.504'

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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 (15th and 17th Corps), Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard, USA, moved south via McDonough to feint at Macon, crossed the Ocmulgee River at Seven Islands (9 miles SE of Jackson), and concentrated around Gordon (17 miles SW of Milledgeville), where it could communicate with the Left Wing, then converging on Milledgeville. Kilpatrick's cavalry division covered the right of the army as far as Gordon, skirmishing continually with Wheeler's cavalry [CS].

The Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps), Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA, marched east from Atlanta in two columns. The 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A. S. Williams, USA, moved through Social Circle and Madison, feinted at Augusta, then turned south through Eatonton, reaching Milledgeville on the 22nd. The 14th Corps, Maj. Gen. J. C. Davis, USA, accompanied by Gen. Sherman, turned southeast via Covington and Shady Dale, reaching Milledgeville on the 23rd.

On Nov. 18th, the 14th Corps moved through Covington, camping that night in and east of town and on the banks of Ulcofauhachee (Alcovy) River, four miles east. The 20th Corps destroyed the Georgia Railroad east from Social Circle, camping near Madison.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number107-7
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 2:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 234768 N 3721802
Decimal Degrees33.60300000, -83.85840000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 36.18', W 83° 51.504'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 36' 10.80" N, 83° 51' 30.24" W
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Area Code(s)404, 678, 770
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3166 US-278, Covington GA 30014, US
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