“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Atlanta in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

The March to the Sea

The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christian Belena, November 10, 2014
1. The March to the Sea Marker
Inscription. On November 15, 1864, during the Civil War, U.S. forces under Gen. William T. Sherman set out from Atlanta on the March to the Sea, a military campaign designed to destroy the Confederacy's ability to wage war and break the will of its people to resist. After destroying Atlanta's industrial and business (but not residential) districts, Sherman 62,500 men marched over 250 miles, reaching Savannah in mid-December. Contrary to popular myth, Sherman's troops primarily destroyed only property used for waging war - railroads, train depots, factories, cotton gins, and warehouses. Abandoning their supply base, they lived off the land, destroying food they could not consume. They also liberated thousands of enslaved African Americans in their path. Sherman's "hard hand of war" demoralized Confederates, hastening the end of slavery and the reunification of the nation.
Erected 2014 by Georgia Historical Society and Georgia Battlefields Association. (Marker Number 60-13.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
Location. 33° 46.238′ N, 84° 20.926′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Mooreland Avenue NE (U.S. 23) and North Avenue NE, on the right when traveling north on Mooreland Avenue NE. Click for map. Located in Freedom Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 602 Mooreland Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Williams Mill Rd. (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battles for Atlanta (approx. half a mile away); Stanley's Sector (approx. half a mile away); Augustus Hurt Plantation (approx. half a mile away); Augustus Hurt House (approx. half a mile away); Alpha Delta Pi (approx. half a mile away); Sightless Among Miracles (approx. half a mile away); Restoring the Line (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
More about this marker. This marker was moved in 2015 from 33 46.017′ N, 84 21.317′ W, at the parking lot of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum near the location of the Augustus Hurt plantation (441 Freedom Pkwy NE near Albion Avenue, Atlanta GA 30307). This former location was in Fulton County.
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christian Belena of Atlanta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 95 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Christian Belena of Atlanta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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