The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea (HMN4P)

Location: Eatonton, GA 31024 Putnam County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 19.567', W 83° 23.317'

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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. At Decatur, the 14th Corps, accompanied by Gen. Sherman, turned SE toward Milledgeville. The 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A.S. Williams, USA, marched east to Social Circle and Madison, destroying the Georgia RR between those towns.

On the 19th, at Madison, Geary's division was detached to burn the RR bridge over the Oconee River (13 miles E of Madison). It rejoined the Corps near Dennis Station (9 miles S).

On the 20th, the Corps camped about three miles north. Next day, it passed through Eatonton, destroyed a few miles of the railroad, and camped below Dennis Station. Heavy rains having slowed the march and bogged down the trains, little destruction of public utility property was attempted. The 14th Corps, which had marched from Shady Dale that day, destroyed Eatonton factory (3 miles W on Little River) and camped in that vicinity.

On the 22nd, both corps converged on Milledgeville, then the Capital of Georgia. The 20th Corps arrived that day and took possession of the city; the 14th Corps arrived on the 23rd.
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HM NumberHMN4P
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 Number117-7
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 12:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 277664 N 3689988
Decimal Degrees33.32611667, -83.38861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 19.567', W 83° 23.317'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 19' 34.02" N, 83° 23' 19.02" W
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Area Code(s)706, 478
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 S Jefferson Ave, Eatonton GA 31024, US
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