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The March to the Sea

 
 
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By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
1. The March to the Sea Marker
Inscription. On Nov. 21, 1864, with the arrival of Smith’s Division, 17th Corps, preceded by the 1st Alabama Cavalry [US] which met with only sporadic resistance, the Right Wing (15th and 17th Corps) of General Sherman’s army, which had left Atlanta on Nov. 15th on its destructive March to the Sea, began concentrating around Gordon where it would be in communication with the Left Wing (14th, and 20th Corps), then converging on Milledgeville.

On the 22nd, Hq. Army of the Tennessee (the Right Wing), Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard, USA, Hq. 15th Corps (Osterhaus) and Hq. 17th Corps (Blair) opened here, and Smith’s division, 15th Corps, and Mower’s and Leggett’s divisions, 17th Corps arrived. On the 23rd, the Artillery Brigade and Kilpatrick’s cavalry division reached Gordon. On the 24th, Corse’s division, 15th Corps with the supply trains, a cattle herd and the pontoon train, arrived. Woods’ and Hazen's divisions, 15th Corps, marched to Irwinton on roads south of Gordon and encamped there on Nov. 24th.

Beginning on the 23rd, the Right Wing moved to Oconee River in two columns. The 17th Corps moved along the railroad to cross at Jackson’s Ferry (above the RR bridge). That route proving to be impracticable, the 17th Corps was diverted to Ball’s Ferry (25 miles SE) where, on the 26th, it crossed on pontoon bridges, together with the 15th Corps
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
2. The March to the Sea Marker
which had moved via Irwinton. The cavalry moved to Milledgeville for duty with the Left Wing.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 158-7B.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 32° 52.981′ N, 83° 20.568′ W. Marker is in Gordon, Georgia, in Wilkinson County. Marker is at the intersection of Milledgeville Highway (Georgia Route 243) and Westbrook Road, on the right when traveling south on Milledgeville Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gordon GA 31031, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Stoneman Raid (here, next to this marker); The Evacuation of Gordon (here, next to this marker); He Wouldn't Run (a few steps from this marker); Ramah Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Battle of Griswoldville (approx. 4.8 miles away); Myricks Mill (approx. 6.3 miles away); Battle of Griswoldville: (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Cavalry Skirmish (approx. 7.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gordon.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
3. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking southeast on Milledgeville Road (Georgia Highway 243) at the BASF Kaolin plant, which dominates the town. The marker is third in line of four.
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 1, 2011
4. The March to the Sea Marker
Looking northwest on Milledgeville Road (Georgia Highway 243) toward the intersection with Gray Highway (Georgia Highway 18). The marker is second in the line of four.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 26 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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