The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea (HMG7W)

Location: Sandersville, GA 31082 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 59.235', W 82° 46.918'

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On Nov. 24, 1864, the Left Wing of Gen. Sherman's army [US], which had left Atlanta on Nov. 15th on its destructive March to the Sea, crossed the Oconee River at Milledgeville enroute to Sandersville. On the 26th, after delays caused by destruction of bridges over Buffalo Creek by Wheelers cavalry [CS], the Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps — Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA) reached Sandersville, the 14th Corps (Davis) having marched via Black Spring and the 20th Corps (Williams) via Hebron. Near Keg and Buffalo Creeks their advance had been hotly contested, but the infantry columns forced back the small cavalry units and entered Sandersville before noon. The invaders having been fired upon from the windows and portico of the court house, Gen. Sherman ordered the structure destroyed.

That afternoon, Jackson's and Geary's division, 20th Corps, moved to Tennille (3 miles S) to destroy the railroad from that point to Davisboro. Next morning, Ward's division, 20th Corps, and Carlin's division, 14th Corps, moved to Davisboro with the artillery and trains of both corps. Morgan's and Baird's divisions, 14th Corps, moved to Fenn's Bridge (13 miles NE), crossed the Ogeechee River, then turned toward Louisville.

On the 27th, Gen. Sherman, who had accompanied the Left Wing from Atlanta to Sandersville, changed to the Right Wing (15th and 17th Corps) which was then near Tennille.
HM NumberHMG7W
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number150-15
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 1:25am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 333501 N 3651283
Decimal Degrees32.98725000, -82.78196667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 59.235', W 82° 46.918'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 59' 14.10" N, 82° 46' 55.08" W
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Area Code(s)478
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1167-1333 E McCarty St, Sandersville GA 31082, US
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