"Forage Liberally on the Country"
—March to the Sea Heritage Trail —On a cold, damp and foggy Sunday, November 20, 1864, after having passed through Covington and Newborn over the previous two days, Union Major General William T. Sherman, traveling with Brigadier General Jefferson C. Davis's 14th Corps, reached Shady Dale. Major James A. Connolly noted in his diary that he had envisioned Shady Dale prior to their arrival as being "a nice, clean, aristocratic country town situated in a romantic, shady valley." He was surprised to find no town, only a 7,600-acre plantation with approximately 250 slaves. Its owner, 75-year-old Matthew Whitfield, had fled prior to the Federals arrival.
|Placed By||Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at 1:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 259141 N 3698752|
|Decimal Degrees||33.40110000, -83.58978333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 24.066', W 83° 35.387'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 24' 3.9599999999999" N, 83° 35' 23.22" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 11727-13291 GA-83, Shady Dale GA 31085, US|
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