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Cooperville in Screven County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The March to the Sea

 
 
The March to the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
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 [Union] into two wings. The Left Wing (14th and 20th Corps), Maj. Gen. H.W. Slocum, USA, moved east from Atlanta in two columns which converged on Milledgeville, cross the Ogeechee River near Louisville, then march toward Savannah by two routes: the 14th Corps (Davis) on the old road near the Savannah River (Ga 24), the 20th Corps (Williams) via Springfield. Both corps approached Savannah via Monteith. Gen. Sherman accompanied the Left Wing as far as Sandersville.

The Right Wing (15th and 17th Corps), Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard, USA, marched south via Gordon and crossed the Oconee River at Ball`s Ferry. The 15th Corps (Osterhaus) marched on roads west of the Ogeechee River, its right through Statesboro. The 17th Corps, Maj. Gen. F.P. Blair, USA, accompanied by Gen. Sherman and his staff, crossed the Ogeechee River at Midville, marched SE on the present Ga. 17 and destroyed the Central Railroad from Midville to near Savannah. It crossed the present US 301 at this point (Coopersville) on Dec. 4th. That day, the 14th Corps (the extreme left) was march on the Old Savannah Road (Ga. 24), the 20th Corps was on the Middle Ground Road
The March to the Sea Marker looking South on US 301 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
2. The March to the Sea Marker looking South on US 301
(7 miles N), and the 15th Corps (the extreme right) was on the Old Milledgeville Road, between Statesboro and the Ogeechee River.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 124-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 32° 35.456′ N, 81° 42.261′ W. Marker is in Cooperville, Georgia, in Screven County. Marker is at the intersection of Statesboro Highway (U.S. 301) and Scarboro Highway / Effingham Highway (State Highway 17), on the right when traveling south on Statesboro Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sylvania GA 30467, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cooperville (here, next to this marker); Louisville Road (here, next to this marker); Union Meeting House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Old Savannah Road (approx. 3.3 miles away); Sherman's Advance (approx. 3.5 miles away); First County Seat (approx. 8.8 miles away); Skirmish at Statesboro (approx. 10.3 miles away); First Baptist Church of Statesboro (approx. 10.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Sherman's March to the Sea. New Georgia
The March to the Sea Marker, looking North image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. The March to the Sea Marker, looking North
Encyclopedia (Submitted on June 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,222 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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