“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Covington in Newton 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 (15th and 17th Corps), Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard, USA, moved south via McDonough to feint at Macon, crossed the Ocmulgee River at Seven Islands (9 miles SE of Jackson), and concentrated around Gordon (17 miles SW of Milledgeville), where it could communicate with the Left Wing, then converging on Milledgeville. Kilpatrick’s cavalry division covered the right of the army as far as Gordon, skirmishing continually with Wheeler’s cavalry [CS].

The Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps), Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA, marched east from Atlanta in two columns. The 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A. S. Williams, USA, moved through Social Circle and Madison, feinted at Augusta, then turned south through Eatonton, reaching Milledgeville on the 22nd. The 14th Corps, Maj. Gen. J. C. Davis, USA, accompanied by Gen. Sherman, turned southeast via Covington and Shady Dale, reaching Milledgeville on the 23rd.

On Nov. 18th, the 14th Corps moved through Covington, camping that night in and east of town and on the banks of Ulcofauhachee (Alcovy) River, four miles east. The 20th Corps destroyed the Georgia
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 20, 2009
2. The March to the Sea Marker
The marker stands between with two other markers on US 278, looking west in this photo.
Railroad east from Social Circle, camping near Madison.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 107-7.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 33° 36.18′ N, 83° 51.504′ W. Marker is in Covington, Georgia, in Newton County. Marker is on U.S. 278 0 miles west of Elm Street NE when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in a picnic area in front of a Dairy Queen restaurant. Marker is in this post office area: Covington GA 30015, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stoneman Raid (here, next to this marker); Garrard’s Cavalry Raid (a few steps from this marker); Lucius Q. C. Lamar (approx. 0.4 miles away); Covington City School (approx. half a mile away); City Hall (approx. half a mile away); The Female College (approx. half a mile away); The Capture of Covington (approx. half a mile away); Confederate Dead & Hospitals (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Covington.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,069 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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