“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Atlanta in Fulton 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, October 22, 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] (60,000 infantry and artillery and 5,500 cavalry) into two wings, one to move via McDonough and Monticello to Gordon, feinting at Macon, the other via Covington and Madison, feinting at Augusta.

The right wing (15th and 17th Corps), Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard, USA, marched from bivouac areas in the vicinity of White Hall (West End) early that morning, the 15th Corps toward Jonesboro, the 17th Corps toward McDonough. The 3rd Cavalry Division, Brig. Gen. J. L. Kilpatrick, USA, covered the right wing.

The left wing (14th and 20th Corps), Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA, marched from bivouac areas in and around Atlanta, the 20th Corps to Stone Mountain on the 15th and the 14th Corps, accompanied by General Sherman and his staff, to Lithonia the next day. The Provost Guard (2nd and 33rd Massachusetts and 111th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry) was the last unit to leave Atlanta, marching behind the 14th Corps on Nov. 16th.

During the four days preceding the departure, the work of destruction had been so thorough that, when General Sherman mounted his horse, here at the John Neal house, early on Nov. 16th, his Chief Engineer, Capt. Orlando M. Poe, CE, stated that “for military purposes the city of Atlanta has ceased to exist.”
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 060-117.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 33° 44.922′ N, 84° 23.377′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street SW and Mitchell Street SW, on the right when traveling south on Washington Street SW. Click for map. The marker stands on the grounds of the Atlanta City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30303, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Emerson Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seige of Atlanta (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Evacuation of Atlanta (about 300 feet away); Thomas E. Watson (about 400 feet away); Transfer of Command (about 400 feet away); The Battle of Atlanta (about 400 feet away); Eugene Talmadge (about 500 feet away); Historic Ground (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 741 times since then and 72 times this year. Photo   1. 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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