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Social Circle in Walton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The March to the Sea

 
 
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 20, 2009
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 (14 and 20th Corps), Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA, marched to Decatur where the 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A. S. Williams, USA, took the road to Social Circle to strike the Georgia Railroad here and destroy it through Madison.

Late on the 17th, the 20th Corps reached Centreville Box (Jersey), 6 miles NW, and camped between Cornish and Big Flat creeks, with its leading division (Geary’s) on the west bank of the Ulcofauhachee (Alcovy) River, 3 miles from Social Circle.

On the 18th, elements of the 2nd and 3rd Divisions destroyed the Georgia Railroad from Social Circle to Madison (16 miles). At Rutledge (7 miles SE), the depot, water tank, warehouses and other RR facilities were burned, those at Social Circle having been destroyed in July by Garrard’s cavalry [US]. That night the 20th Corps camped west of Madison on the Covington road.

Between Atlanta and Milledgeville, the movements of the Left Wing were almost unopposed, the few Confederate
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 20, 2009
2. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking north on Georgia Highway 11 (Cherokee Street) toward the town well in Social Circle
troops available being employed against the Right Win to protect Macon, a principal arsenal center, and the Central of Georgia Railway.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 147-5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 33° 39.228′ N, 83° 43.23′ W. Marker is in Social Circle, Georgia, in Walton County. Marker is on South Cherokee Road (Georgia Route 11) 0 miles south of Memorial Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 261 S. Cherokee Road, Social Circle GA 30025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hightower Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brick Store (approx. 3.9 miles away); Sherman at Harris’ Quarters (approx. 6.1 miles away); Rutledge (approx. 6.5 miles away); a different marker also named The March to the Sea (approx. 6.6 miles away); Hard Labor Creek State Park (approx. 6.7 miles away); Fairplay (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 8.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Social Circle.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Social Circle United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 20, 2009
3. The Social Circle United Methodist Church
The marker stands in front of the church, which was founded in 1829. The present building was built in 1970.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,060 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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