The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea (HMRRP)

Location: Gray, GA 31032 Jones County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 0.569', W 83° 32.033'

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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 Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps), Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA, moved east from Atlanta in two columns, to feint at Augusta but to turn southeast and converge on Milledgeville. The 14th Corps, accompanied by General Sherman, moved via Covington and Shady Dale, the 20th Corps via Social Circle, Madison and Eatonton.

The Right Wing (15th and 17th Corps), Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard, USA, marched south via McDonough and Jackson, crossed Ocmulgee River at Seven Island (27 miles NW) and moved toward Gordon (15 miles SE) where it would be in communication with the Left Wing, at Milledgeville, to received orders for the next move.

The 15th Corps (Osterhaus), preceded by Kilpatrick's cavalry division, marched via Clinton (2 miles SW), from which place Kilpatrick feinted on Macon, skirmishing heavily with Wheeler's cavalry [CS] as far as East Macon. The 17th Corps (Blair) moved via Blountsville (8 miles NE) toward Gordon without incident.

On Nov. 22nd, Walcutt's brigade, 15th Corps, on the extreme right, was attacked near Griswoldville (10 miles S) by a division of Georgia Militia [CS] under Brig. Gen. P. J. Phillips. After three hours of battle, Phillips was forced to retire.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Shermans March to the Sea series.
Marker Number084-17
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 5:43pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 263288 N 3655190
Decimal Degrees33.00948333, -83.53388333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 0.569', W 83° 32.033'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 0' 34.14" N, 83° 32' 1.98" W
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Area Code(s)478
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 109 James St, Gray GA 31032, US
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