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The March to the Sea

 
 
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By David Seibert, July 31, 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 through Decatur where the 20th Corps, Brig. Gen. A. S. Williams, USA, took the Rock Bridge road toward Social Circle to strike the Georgia R.R. at that point and destroy it to Madison. The 14th Corps, accompanied by General Sherman, cleared Decatur the next day and turned south-east toward Covington.

After marching about 15 miles, the 20th Corps camped in this area, west of the railroad, Jackson’s division on the right , to cover the road to Lithonia, Geary’s division on the left, to cover the roads to Stone Mountain and Rock Bridge, and Ward’s division about 3 miles to the rear, east of Snapfinger Creek.

Next morning, the 20th Corps continued on the Rock Bridge road, crossing the Yellow River at Rock Bridge (8 miles east) and halting for the night to allow the trains to close up on the main body.

Between Atlanta and Milledgeville, the movements of the Left Wing were
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 31, 2010
2. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking north on Stone Mountain Lithonia Road toward Stone Mountain
almost unopposed, the few Confederate troops available being employed against the Right Wing to protect Macon, a principal arsenal center, and the Central of Georgia Railway.
 
Erected 2010 by Georgia Historical Society. (Marker Number 044-87.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 33° 47.233′ N, 84° 9.793′ W. Marker is in Stone Mountain, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Stone Mountain Lithonia Road and Rockbridge Road, on the right when traveling south on Stone Mountain Lithonia Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stone Mountain GA 30088, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Garrard's Cavalry at Stone Mtn. Depot (approx. 1.8 miles away); Unknown Confederate Dead (approx. 1.8 miles away); Stone Mountain - Confederate Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Country Comes Before Me (approx. 1.9 miles away); Covered Bridge (approx. 2 miles away); Hightower (Etowah) Trail (approx. 3.3 miles away);
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 31, 2010
3. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking south on Stone Mountain Lithonia Road at the intersection with Rockbridge Road
a different marker also named The March to the Sea (approx. 4.5 miles away); Rebecca Latimer Felton (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stone Mountain.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker of the same title and text on this location erected by the Georgia Historical Commission in 1957, which had disappeared.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 878 times since then and 3 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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