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Statesboro in Bulloch 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, August 2008
1. The March to the Sea Marker
Inscription. On Nov. 15, 1864, after destroying Atlanta and cutting his communications to t he 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 (14th and 20th Corps), Maj. Gen. H. W. Slocum, USA, moved east from Atlanta in two columns which converged on Milledgeville, crossed the Ogeechee River near Louisville, then marched on Savannah by two routes: the 14th Corps (Davis) on the old road along the Savannah, the 20th Corps (Williams) via Springfield. Both Corps approached Savannah via Monteith.

The Right Wing (15th and 17 Corps), Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard, USA, marched south via Jackson and Gordon and crossed the Oconee River at Ball’s Ferry. The 17th Corps (Blair) then moved via Tennille and the railway, destroying it enroute. The 15th Corpse (Osterhaus) moved via several roads to Summerville (Summertown), from which place two divisions moved near the river on the old Savannah road and two via Statesboro.

On Dec. 4th, Hazen’s and Smith’s divisions, 15th Corps, camped at Statesboro, and Woods and Corse’s near Mill Ray (9 miles NE). Next morning, both columns moved toward Jenk’s Bridge (on US 80) from which point the final movements toward Savannah were begun.
 
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The March to the Sea Marker, located at Bulloch County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. The March to the Sea Marker, located at Bulloch County Courthouse
Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16-6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Shermans March to the Sea marker series.
 
Location. 32° 26.975′ N, 81° 46.987′ W. Marker is in Statesboro, Georgia, in Bulloch County. Marker is on Courtland Street near North Main Street (U.S. 301), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Between west and rear entrance Courthouse in Statesboro. Marker is in this post office area: Statesboro GA 30458, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bulloch County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Bulloch County (a few steps from this marker); Statesboro Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church of Statesboro (approx. 0.2 miles away); Skirmish at Statesboro (approx. one mile away); W. Jones Lane Memorial Highway (approx. 1.3 miles away); Pioneer Turpentining Experiment (approx. 1.5 miles away); Marvin Summers Pittman (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Statesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Sherman's March to the Sea. New Georgia Encyclopedia entry (Submitted on August 5, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,646 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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