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Jonesboro in Clayton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The March to the Sea

 
 
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By David Seibert, October 6, 2010
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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 Left Wing marched east from Atlanta in two columns, to feint at Augusta but to turn southeast and converge on Milledgeville.

The Right Wing (15th and 17th Corps), Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard, USA, marched south from White Hall (West End), the 15th Corps, Maj. Gen. P. J. Osterhaus, USA, via Old Jonesboro Road, the 17th Corps, Maj. Gen. F. P. Blair, USA, via the McDonough road.

The 3rd Cavalry Division, Brig. Gen. J. L. Kilpatrick, USA, marched past East Point and down the west bank of Flint River to cover the right flank and “to feint strongly toward Forsyth, cross the Ocmulgee, (and) move on Macon as if to attack it.”

Near Jonesboro, Murray’s brigade crossed Flint River and met elements of Iverson’s small cavalry division [CS], posted here to watch Sherman’s movements. Deploying the 5th Kentucky and 8th Indiana cavalry regiments, Murray attacked, drove the Confederate cavalry from the town, and captured three caissons filled with artillery ammunition.

Next morning, Kilpatrick moved south through Jonesboro toward Lovejoy’s Station (6 Miles S) where,
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By David Seibert, October 6, 2010
2. The March to the Sea Marker
after skirmishing heavily most of the way, he found Iverson strongly intrenched.
 
Erected 2010 by Georgia Historical Society. (Marker Number 031-21.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 33° 31.933′ N, 84° 21.8′ W. Marker is in Jonesboro, Georgia, in Clayton County. Marker is at the intersection of Tara Boulevard (U.S. 41) and North Avenue (Georgia Route 138), on the right when traveling north on Tara Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jonesboro GA 30236, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Attack by Lee's Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Jonesboro The First Day (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battlefield Landmark (approx. half a mile away); Two Days of Battle at Jonesboro (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Warren House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Unknown Confederate Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hardee’s Corps at Jonesboro (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Jonesboro The Second Day (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jonesboro.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker of the same title
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By David Seibert, October 6, 2010
3. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking west at the intersection of North Avenue (to the left) with Tara Boulvard (US 41) running left and right.
and text erected by the Georgia Historical Commission in 1957, which had disappeared.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 6, 2010
4. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking east on North Avenue toward the Warren House and the Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery in Jonesboro.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 887 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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