The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea (HMAKJ)

Location: Buckhead, GA 30625 Morgan County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 32.75', W 83° 18.633'

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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 marched south from Atlanta, to feint at Macon but to cross the Ocmulgee River above the city and concentrate at Gordon.

The Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps), Maj. Gen. H.W. Slocum, USA, marched east to Decatur where the 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A.S. Williams, USA, took the road to Social Circle, striking the Georgia Railroad there and destroying through Madison.

On the 19th, at Madison, the 2nd Div., Brig. Gen. John W. Geary, USA (formerly Mayor of San Francisco), was detached to burn the R.R. Bridge 13 miles E of Madison. At Buckhead, after his advance "exchanged a few shots with the enemy's scouts," Geary burned the depot and large stocks of cord wood, ties and cut timbers.

At Blue Spring (Swords), he camped on Col. Lee Jordan's plantation where he "found 280 bales of cotton and 50,000 bushels of corn stored for the rebel Government." That day, about five miles of track, the R.R. bridge over the Oconee River, ferry boats on the Apalachee River, several mills, gins and presses, and about 250 more bales of cotton were destroyed.

On the 20th, Geary marched to Park's Mill, which he burned, destroyed the ferry boat there, and turned south into Putnam County to rejoin the 20th Corps south of Eatonton.
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HM NumberHMAKJ
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 Number104-9
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 12:00pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 285474 N 3714191
Decimal Degrees33.54583333, -83.31055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 32.75', W 83° 18.633'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 32' 45.00" N, 83° 18' 37.98" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1399-1439 Blue Springs Rd, Buckhead GA 30625, US
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