Howell Cobb Plantation

Howell Cobb Plantation (HM8HS)

Location: Milledgeville, GA 31061 Baldwin County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 7.261', W 83° 23.075'

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Site of the large Baldwin County plantation of Howell Cobb, one of the 'Great Georgia Triumvirate' of Stephens, Toombs and Cobb, and his wife, the formerMary Ann Lamar. Born at Cherry Hill in Jefferson County, Georgia Sept. 7, 1815, he graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1834, wasadmitted to the Bar in 1836, and then began the distinguished career that was to make him one of Georgia's most illustrious sons. Solicitor General,1837; Member of Congress, 1842 (four terms); Speaker of the House, 1849; Governor of Georgia, 1851; returned to Congress, 1854; Secretary of theTreasury, 1857.

A Jacksonian Democrat, opposed to nullification and secession, his aid to the 'Constitutional Union' party, formed in Georgia by Stephens and Toombs (both Whigs) to support the Compromise of 1850, made him many enemies in the South; but despite his love for the Union, when Georgia seceded he bowed loyally to her choice and became a great leader in the Confederacy. He was President of the Secession Convention in 1861, Colonel of the 16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, and Major General Confederate States Army.

On the night of Nov. 22, 1864, on his March to the Sea, Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman, USA, camped here. Upon learning from slaves the ownership of this plantation, he ordered its total destruction which, except for the slaves' quarters, was accomplished that night by the 23rd Missouri Veteran Volunteer Infantry.
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HM NumberHM8HS
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
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Marker Number005-17
Year Placed1993
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 10:51pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 277520 N 3667233
Decimal Degrees33.12101667, -83.38458333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 7.261', W 83° 23.075'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 7' 15.66" N, 83° 23' 4.50" W
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Area Code(s)478, 706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 678 Nelson Rd NW, Milledgeville GA 31061, US
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