The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea (HMNR8)

Location: Milledgeville, GA 31061 Baldwin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 4.954', W 83° 13.967'

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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. General O.O. Howard, USA, moved south via McDonough to feint at Macon, crossed the Ocmulgee at Seven Islands (9 miles SE of Jackson), and concentrated around Gordon (17 miles SW), where it would be in communication 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 14th Corps, Maj. Gen. J. C. Davis, USA, accompanied by Gen. Sherman turned southeast and marched via Covington and Shady Dale, reaching Milledgeville on the 23rd. The 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A.S. Williams, USA, continued east past Madison to feint at Augusta, but turned south through Eatonton, reaching here on the 22nd.

Beginning on the 24th, Slocum moved toward Sandersville and Howard toward Tennille Station (4 miles S of Sandersville). Kilpatrick marched rapidly eastward to cut the Augusta-Savannah railroad and release the Union prisoners-of-war confined in Camp Lawton, an open stockade 5 miles north of Millen (84 miles SE).
HM NumberHMNR8
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number005-18
Year Placed2010
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 1:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 291595 N 3662657
Decimal Degrees33.08256667, -83.23278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 4.954', W 83° 13.967'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 4' 57.24" N, 83° 13' 58.02" W
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Area Code(s)478, 706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 272 N Clark St, Milledgeville GA 31061, US
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