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The March to the Sea

 
 
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By David Seibert, January 13, 2008
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 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 enemyís scouts,” Geary burned the depot and large stocks of cord wood, ties and cut timbers.

At Blue Spring (Swords), he camped on Col. Lee Jordanís 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
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, March 20, 2009
2. The March to the Sea Marker
marched to Parkís Mill, which he burned, destroyed the ferry boat there, and turned south into Putnam County to rejoin the 20th Corps south of Eatonton.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 104-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 33° 32.75′ N, 83° 18.633′ W. Marker is in Buckhead, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is on Blue Springs Road 0.2 miles west of Swords Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buckhead GA 30625, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Swords (approx. 0.2 miles away); Park's Mill (approx. 1.3 miles away); Federal Raid (approx. 3.4 miles away); Buckhead (approx. 3.5 miles away); Park Home and Site of Parkís Mill (approx. 4.1 miles away); Fort Mathews (approx. 4.9 miles away); Stagecoach Road (approx. 6.5 miles away); Bethany (approx. 6.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Buckhead.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, March 20, 2009
3. The March to the Sea Marker
This is the old plantation home at Swords, where the marker is located.
 
 
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