The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea (HM224R)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 4.417', W 81° 5.65'

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On December 21, 1864, during the Civil War, U.S. forces under Gen. William T. Sherman captured Savannah, completing the March to the Sea, a military campaign designed to destroy the Confederacy's ability to wage war and break the will of its people to resist. After destroying Atlanta's industrial and business (but not residential) districts, Sherman's 62,500 men left that city in mid-November and marched over 250 miles, reaching Savannah by mid-December. Contrary to popular myth, Sherman's troops primarily destroyed only property used for waging war - food, railroads, train depots, factories, cotton gins, and warehouses. Abandoning their supply base, they lived off the land, destroying food they could not consume. They also liberated thousands of enslaved African Americans. Sherman's "hard hand of war" demoralized Confederates, hastening the end of slavery and the reunification of the nation.
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HM NumberHM224R
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Year Placed2014
Placed ByThe Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Battlefields Association for the Civil War 150 Commemoration
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 16th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491112 N 3548599
Decimal Degrees32.07361667, -81.09416667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.417', W 81° 5.65'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 25.02" N, 81° 5' 39" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 332 Bull St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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