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Eatonton in Putnam County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The March to the Sea
 
The March to the Sea Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, August 4, 2010
1. The March to the Sea Marker
 
Inscription. 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
 
The March to the Sea Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, August 4, 2010
2. The March to the Sea Marker
The Putnam County Courthouse is in the background.
 
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.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 117-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 33° 19.567′ N, 83° 23.317′ W. Marker is in Eatonton, Georgia, in Putnam County. Marker is on West Marion Street (Georgia Route 16) 0 miles west of South Jefferson Avenue (U.S. 441), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker stands on the lawn of the Putnam County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Eatonton GA 31024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Putnam County Veterans Monument (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Flagpole (within shouting distance of this marker); Putnam County (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stoneman Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Branch Bank of the State of Georgia at Eatonton (within shouting distance of this marker); Putnam County Confederate Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bronson House (about 600 feet away); Site of John C. Mason's Dwelling House (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Eatonton.
 
The March to the Sea Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, August 4, 2010
3. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking west on West Marion Street
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 553 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 19, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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